Co-operative Education Program
In the Academic year, 2015/2016, AIMS introduced the pilot Cooperative Education Program. The Co-op program is built upon a model of work-integrated learning. The Co-operative Education Master’s program is a structured method of combining formal instruction with scheduled, alternative segments of practical work experience in appropriate industry.
The rationale for the program is to increase the transition to meaningful employment for AIMS Scholars by enriching their learning experience with acquisition of competencies relevant to the workplace and Industry. The Co-op students undergo 18 months of training: 10 months of academic/course work (given by international visiting lecturers, backed by permanent tutors) and 6 to 8 months of internship with AIMS industry partners, after which they complete their research dissertations. AIMS Co-op scholars are chosen based on their background in Mathematics and related sciences, leadership potential and commitment to give-back to their communities, among other criteria.
Three months into their internships, AIMS Cameroon students working at the CAPC (Centre d’Application et des Prévisions Climatiques) in Douala showcase their work in the presence of the visiting cooperative education management team and the organization’s management.