Deepening math education in Africa

In a Cape Town classroom in South Africa, a budding climatologist from Cameroon ponders an environmental model; a physicist-in-training from the Central African Republic takes careful notes; and an ambitious, young computer scientist from Ghana raises her hand to ask a question. At the front of the classroom stands a University of Chicago scholar. This is the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, a pan-African initiative to teach the most talented African university graduates in high-level mathematics and prepare them for graduate study or careers in the math-based sciences and engineering. During a July 2015 visit to South Africa, Provost Eric D. Isaacs signed an agreement with AIMS to involve UChicago faculty and graduate students in AIMS research and teaching centers in five African countries for stints as teachers, researchers, and tutors.

By Carla Reiter/uchicago.edu

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