The Ministry of Finance had a privilege of hosting a short but intensive course on basic math for economics. The course was delivered by Ms. Vera te Velde, a lecturer from the University of Queensland with a PhD in Economics from Berkley on a pro-bono basis.
The course, which started from the 25th August until the 1st September 2015, was organized by the Petroleum Fund Administration Unit and attended by selected staff from various departments within the Ministry. The topics covered ranged from functions, basic finance, algebra, matrix, basic statistics, calculus, limits, derivatives and integrals.
“Basic math is the foundation for further course on finance”, replied Ms. Vera when asked about the importance of math. She then elaborated that if these topics are being taught at school, they need to be “improved further through improving the teaching method”.
She has been in Timor-Leste, one week ahead of the course. She travelled to various places including Maubisse, Hato-Belico, and Liquiça. She climbed mount Ramelau, scuba-dived around Cristo Rei and Atauro, spent some time in BlackRock in Liquica, and visited Timor-Leste’s own Arte Moris.
When asked about her view on Timor-Leste, she enthusiastically said that Timor-Leste is “a wonderful country”. “It’s very safe to travel without worrying about anything”, she added. “People are very friendly and despite language barrier, they will try anything to help you out”. In term of tourist attractions, “Timor-Leste has a lot to offer”. “It has one of the best coral reefs like in Atauro, beautiful sceneries and beaches and others”.