Prof. Dr. Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber

A Systems Approach to Understanding Factors that Influence Quality of Primary Education in Developing Countries


Co-authored with various colleagues from all over the world, this discussion focuses on experiences in developing system thinking models to understand the important factors such as facilities (includes infrastructure), local and national political stability, family migration from rural to urban localities, and socio-economic status of the families on the quality of primary education system in developing nations. This paper provides a high level view of thefactors which need to be addressed in providing sustainable education experience to children living in developing nations. This presentation looks at three cases in Gujarat, India, Turkey and Indonesia. The use of the system dynamics approach is deemed appropriate because of its holistic way of solving problems in real-time scenarios, with the use of computer simulation modeling for framing, analyzing, and discussing complex issues and problems.

About the Speaker

Prof. Dr. Gerhard-Wilhelm (Willi) Weber is Professor at Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM) of METU, Ankara, with research areas in OR, finance, economics, optimization, data mining, as well as life sciences, education and development. He received his degrees from Germany and now holds Professorships by proxy at University of Cologne, and TU Chemnitz. A member of other graduate schools, institutes and departments of METU, he is also affiliated with universities of Siegen, Ballarat, Aveiro and North Sumatra, and is Advisor to EURO Conferences. At IFORS, he is chair of the OR for Developing Countries Online Resources. An initiator of the EURO Working Group ORD twelve years ago, he has continued to guide the group as its Honorary Chair. Having been with the EWG ORD the longest time, he will also open the Workshop with an overview of how the Group was formed and its leaders.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber
Institute of Applied Mathematics
Ankara,  Turkey