Established in 2016 with the support of the government of Rwanda, AIMS Rwanda is the fifth Centre of Excellence to be created under the AIMS Global Network (AIMS Next Einstein Initiative). Since its inception, AIMS Rwanda has graduated over 350 students, 38% of whom are women. The centre offers a Master’s in mathematical sciences through:
- A Structured 10-month research-oriented program.
- An 18-month Co-operative (Co-op) Education program with a direct link to the industry through work placements.
- The Master’s in mathematical sciences – Climate Science Stream.
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of Centres of Excellence for postgraduate training in mathematical sciences, research, and public engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Founded in 2003 in South Africa by acclaimed physicist Prof Neil Turok and later replicated in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon and Rwanda, AIMS is leading Africa’s socio-economic transformation through:
• Innovative scientific training (the development of human capital);
• Technological advances and cutting-edge scientific discoveries; and
• Public engagement for the continent’s scientific emergence.
Africa’s youth are at the heart of the AIMS innovation and transformation ecosystem which consists of a set of academic and non-academic programs expertly tailored to provide AIMS learners with a unique postgraduate training experience on the continent.
AIMS offers a Master’s in mathematical sciences, including a co-operative option with a direct link to industry, the African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI), as well as research programs, with over 100 researchers conducting studies across the network. In addition to the AIMS Industry Initiative and a gender-responsive Teacher Training Program currently implemented in Cameroon and Rwanda, AIMS equally created two critical initiatives: Quantum Leap Africa, a think tank looking into the coming quantum revolution and the Next Einstein Forum to propel Africa on to the global scientific stage.
The AIMS Model
The AIMS model is unique in its pan-African focus, broad curriculum, independent critical thinking, inclusion of modern computational techniques and research components. AIMS identifies top African graduates and provides them with a world class education in mathematical sciences, enabling them to purse careers in research, industry and civil society. Students benefit from full bursary support, continuous access to computing, internet and electricity, close interaction with full-time tutors and visiting professors, as well as a bilingual education. Endorsed by NEPAD, the African Union and TED as an idea big enough to change the world, this model has been refined and proven at five AIMS Centres of Excellence in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, and Rwanda, with over 1500 graduates currently occupying careers all over Africa as researchers, teachers, epidemiologists, business people and financial modelers. In addition to a gender-responsive Teacher Training Program currently implemented in Cameroon and Rwanda, AIMS equally created two critical initiatives: Quantum Leap Africa to prepare the continent for the coming quantum revolution and the Next Einstein Forum to propel Africa on to the global scientific stage.