African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) – Next Einstein Initiative

The African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) is Africa’s first network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences, enabling Africa’s brightest students to become innovators who propel scientific, education and economic self-sufficiency.

The first African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) centre was established in 2003, in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa. The network now has five centres of excellence across Africa, including Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, and Tanzania with a global secretariat in Claremont, Cape Town. AIMS’ Next Einstein Initiative Secretariat is working to operate fifteen centres of excellence across Africa by 2023 for postgraduate education and research dedicated to the development of mathematical sciences in Africa.

AIMS recruits outstanding students from across the continent, teaching widely applicable, high-level math and computing skills and providing exposure to a broad range of cutting-edge science and technology disciplines.

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AIMS students are taught by outstanding local and international lecturers within an exceptional 24-hour learning environment. Its curriculum focuses on advanced, broadly applicable mathematical and science skills relevant to Africa’s development needs. Training in mathematical science is highly cost-effective: it requires no costly laboratory overhead, yet develops strong independent thinking and problem-solving abilities, preparing students for a range of scientific and technical careers. AIMS operates as a partnership between African and international universities, combining local ownership with international engagement.

The African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) is Africa’s first network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences, enabling Africa’s brightest students to become innovators who propel scientific, education and economic self-sufficiency. 

The first African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) centre was established in 2003, in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa. The network now has five centres of excellence across Africa, including Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, and Tanzania with a global secretariat in Claremont, Cape Town. AIMS’ Next Einstein Initiative Secretariat is working to operate fifteen centres of excellence across Africa by 2023 for postgraduate education and research dedicated to the development of mathematical sciences in Africa.

AIMS recruits outstanding students from across the continent, teaching widely applicable, high-level math and computing skills and providing exposure to a broad range of cutting-edge science and technology disciplines.

AIMS was designated as a NEPAD Centre of Excellence by the African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (AMCOST) in 2003 and won significant ongoing support from the South African Ministries of Education, and Science and Technology.

AIMS also serves as the Secretariat of the African Mathematical Institutes Network (AMI-Net), a flagship programme in the AU/NEPAD Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA). At its meeting in January 2009, AMI-Net considered and endorsed the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI,), whose vision is “to unlock and nurture scientific talent across Africa, so that within our lifetime we can celebrate an African Einstein”. 

Results:

AIMS is already making a big difference: since 2003, 731 students – 30 per cent of them women – from 41 African countries have graduated from AIMS. Over 80 per cent have gone into Master's and PhD programmes directly after AIMS at excellent universities in Africa and abroad. AIMS graduates are now strengthening African universities, research centers, government and industry.

For example, many of the mathematics lecturers at the Universities of Zambia and Khartoum are AIMS graduates and are now in turn educating hundreds of students each year. Among the AIMS graduates: 55 have completed PhDs, 233 completed Research Master’s, and many more are in the process of completing similar post-graduate programmes.

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