What We Do
AIMS is enabling Africa’s youth to shape the continent’s future through innovative scientific training, breakthrough research and public engagement. We are developing a pan-African ecosystem of transformation through:
Innovative Scientific Training
We’re building the University of the 21st century, equipping Africa’s brightest students with critical, independent thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle global challenges. We offer a world-class Master’s in Mathematical Sciences, with specialisations in climate science and machine intelligence, as well a co-operative (co-op) education option that equips AIMS students with technical skills to offer solutions to the public and private sectors.
Research & Breakthrough Discoveries
AIMS brings together some of the continent’s most stalwart researchers to conduct world-class research that advances the understanding of nature using mathematics and its applications.
Teacher Training & Public Engagement
To increase the pipeline of STEM students, AIMS runs an innovative teacher training program that empowers educators to improve learning outcomes for students in math and science. Through public engagement programs such as Africa Science Week, Science and Cocktails, Pi Day, Math Clinic, etc., AIMS is demystifying science for students and the community.
AIMS is a call to action to;
- Invest in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to move Africa’s development forward.
- Increase collaboration between the public and private sectors to prioritize STEM education and research in Africa.
- Leverage implementable localized science policy to deliver on the continent’s science, technology, innovation agenda (STI).
- Increase the number of women in STEM fields.
- Get Africa’s most talented students to pursue an education in mathematical sciences so that they may solve grand challenges.
- Increase partnerships with industry and innovation hubs to up-skill and re-skill Africa’s young professionals to drive Africa’s industrialization.
Why we do it;
- Mathematics underpins most of modern life, from information and communication technology, genetics, medicine, finance, demographics and planning. To create technology, you need mathematics and mathematicians.
- Africa’s excellent 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 country’s development and be better equipped to fight the multidimensional causes of poverty.
- To go “beyond potential”, Africa needs a trans-disciplinary science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) workforce, one that works in Africa’s key sectors of agriculture and food production, resource development and clean energy, precision health, finance, information technology and telecommunications.
- No African country lacks talented potential mathematicians. But without increased investment and more favourable education policies, few will reach their potential.
- 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 strong indigenous capacity in both. That’s precisely what we are doing at AIMS.