About AIMS Cameroon
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of Centres of Excellence for post-graduate training, research and public engagement in mathematics with a mission to lead the transformation of Africa through innovative scientific training, technological advances, breakthrough discoveries, strategic foresight, and innovative policy design. After the inception of the first Center of Excellence in South Africa in 2003, AIMS Cameroon became the fourth Center to be replicated from the South Africa model under the framework of the Next Einstein Initiative. Through this, AIMS is feeding the STEM pipeline by training African students for a Masters in Mathematical Sciences, including a co-operative option with a direct link to industry. In addition to a host of programs, AIMS Cameroon is equally home to a Research Center which supervises and funds doctorate and post-doctorate research of Africans under the tutelage of a prestigious Endowed Chair of Research in Mathematics and its Applications. Through its facilities, academic partnerships, scientific output, reputation, and pan-African make-up, AIMS-Cameroon has the potential to bring Cameroon to the forefront of African science.
The AIMS Model
The AIMS model is unique in its pan-African focus, broad curriculum, focus on independent critical thinking, the inclusion of modern computational techniques and research components. AIMS identifies top African graduates and provides them with a world-class education in mathematical sciences, enabling them to pursue careers in research, industry and civil society. Students benefit from full bursary support, continuous access to computing, internet, and electricity, close interaction with full-time tutors and visiting professors, as well as bilingual education. Endorsed by NEPAD, the African Union and TED as an idea big enough to change the world, this model has been refined and proven at 6 AIMS Centers of Excellence in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania and Rwanda, with over 1500 graduates gone onto careers all over Africa, as researchers, teachers, epidemiologists, business people and financial modelers. In addition to a gender-responsive Teacher Training Program currently implemented here in Cameroon and Rwanda, AIMS equally created two critical initiatives: Quantum Leap Africa to prepare the continent for the coming quantum revolution and the Next Einstein Forum to propel Africa on to the global scientific stage.
Mathematics underpins most of modern life – information and communication technology, genetics, medicine, finance, demographics, and planning. Without scientific training Africans will be unable to access the full power of new technologies to solve their countries’ problems.
Through its graduate programme, the Teacher Training Programme, Research program and public outreach activities, AIMS-Cameroon and the AIMS global network will act as a beacon, influencing choices at school and university level and drawing bright young Africans into mathematical and scientific careers.