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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences - AIMS

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences - AIMS

AIMS and the Next Einstein Initiative is a pan-African network of centres of excellence enabling Africa’s talented students to enhance their scientific foundation in order to drive the continent’s scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. Delivering post-graduate training, research and public engagement in Mathematics-related disciplines, they aim to fulfil the founder’s TED Talk dream of creating conditions in Africa ‘so that the next Einstein may be African.’

The core function of AIMS is the teaching of a one-year taught Masters course, drawing on lecturers from all over the world. Durham’s Department of Mathematical Sciences has been involved with AIMS since soon after its foundation in 2003, alongside other leading academics from North America and Europe, and continue to do so. Operating in South Africa, Cameroon, Senegal, Rwanda, Ghana and Tanzania, all students are fully funded through donors, industry and the States in which the Centres are located. AIMS has attracted considerable international funding, both from international corporate partners such as Google, Barclays, Vodacom and Petro-SA, Universities and from government bodies such as DfID (UK) and IDRC (Canada).

Durham is delighted to have formed a partnership with AIMS to support their outstanding work across the continent.