Who we are
Established in 2003, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is Africa’s first network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences. We enable the continent’s youth to shape the continent’s future through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) education and research. We have five centres of excellence across Africa – in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Rwanda. AIMS is working to operate fifteen centres of excellence across Africa by 2023.
What we do
To implement its vision, AIMS targets the brightest young African students, shaping them as independent thinkers, and problem-solvers capable of innovating and propelling Africa to economic prosperity. Africa’s youth are at the heart of the innovation and transformation ecosystem which consists of a set of academic and non-academic programs expertly tailored to provide AIMS learners with a unique post-graduate training experience on the continent.
AIMS-Cameroon is the fourth centre of excellence (out of 6 centres) of the AIMS network to be created under the framework of the Next Einstein Initiative in 2013. The other centres are based in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Our mission is to enable Africa’s brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators capable of propelling Africa’s future scientific, educational, and economic self-sufficiency.
AIMS-Cameroon is host to four (4) programs in Cameroon, including:
- A 1 year Structured Master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences, offered at the centre in Limbe to selected African science graduates each year.
- A Teacher Training Program (TTP) designed to train in-service and pre-service teachers of mathematics in a bid to ameliorate their pedagogy and increase secondary school students’ interest in the discipline.
- A Research Program in mathematics hosted at the centre in Limbe where research is conducted in collaboration with visiting, Postdoc, and Ph.D. researchers.
- A Co-op Master’s Program in Industrial Mathematics where students, after their taught master’s program, go on to gain hands-on work experience in a professional work environment enabling them to develop valuable work skills and successfully transition from school to progressive careers.
So far, AIMS-Cameroon has trained 295 students, with 103 of them being women. 274 under the Structured Master’s Program, and 21 under the Co-operative Master’s Program.
In Limbe, AIMS-Cameroon is located in Crystal Gardens, near the Botanical Garden. This garden which is a significant center of attraction has a vast array of fascinating plants and runs alongside the Limbe river; and the Zoological Garden hosting rain forest animals mainly apes (gorillas and chimpanzees), crocodiles, snakes, antelopes and lots of weaver birds. Situated at the East Coast of the Limbe Sub Division, Bimbia, the Historic Slave Trade Market is also a place worthy to see during your stay in Limbe.
Limbe is a beautiful seaside (Atlantic Ocean) touristic town known as the town of Friendship. The town is an hour drive away from the city of Douala, the ever-buzzing economic capital of Cameroon and a half hour drive away from Buea home to Cameroon’s only Volcanic Mountain, Mount Cameroon, which is the highest point in the sub-Saharan western and central Africa rising to 4,040 meters.
Limbe is on the southern slopes of the Mount Cameroon which is visible, with spring water gauging from several outlets. Because of the mountain eruptions, the beaches in Limbe are black, one of the few in the world.
Limbe has two significant seasons which are: the dry season – from October to June and the rainy season from July to September. It has a humid climate.
Debundscha, the 6th wettest place in the world, is situated in the outskirts of Limbe with an average annual rainfall: 10,299mm. The village of Debundscha lies at the foot of Mount Cameroon, the highest peak In Africa. It’s believed the location contributes to its massive rains as the mountain blocks the clouds.
Many other places to visit in Limbe such as Bimbia – the Historic Slave Trade Market, border villages with Nigeria, a volcanic black-sand beach, walk on the solidified lava flow of the 1999 Mount Cameroon volcanic eruption.
Science and technology are powerful forces for progress in global society and the global economy. For Africa to benefit fully from these forces, it must build a robust indigenous capacity in both.
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 and public outreach activities, AIMS influences choices at school and university level, drawing bright young Africans into mathematical and scientific careers.
Africa’s greatest resource is its people. There can be no more effective investment in Africa’s future than in education which empowers talented young people to contribute to their countries’ development.