AIMS Cameroon is one of the six centers of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) which is a Pan-African network of centers of excellence for postgraduate education, research and outreach in mathematical sciences. The other centers can be located in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda. AIMS 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, established in 2013, is located in Limbe in the South-West Region of Cameroon which is one of the two English speaking regions in Cameroon.
AIMS Cameroon has three (3) programmes, hence three centers.
The main AIMS Cameroon campus, in Limbe, is a self-contained closed residential center with excellent computer, library and lecturing facilities. On the main campus, lecturers and students live and dine there, allowing for maximum interaction in an informal and collegiate setting. Tutors also eat on the main campus but live just a stone-throw away from the institute.
The Teacher Training Program has the four (4) Higher Teachers Training Colleges hosting its simulation laboratories in Bamenda, Kumba, Maroua, and Yaounde, being the Coordination Centre.
The AIMS Cameroon Research Centre is situated in Limbe, adjacent to the main AIMS campus. This building provides a working space for researchers, the Postdocs and the Ph.D. students, as well as accommodation for visiting researchers.
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.