KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Science and research experts have called on African economies to put much
emphasis on promoting mathematical science education and research in order to
boost innovation in Africa.
They made the
call on Monday during an event to launch an African Institute of Mathematical
Sciences (AIMS) center in the Rwandan Capital Kigali. The AIMS is a pan-African
network of centers of excellence for postgraduate education, research and
outreach in mathematical sciences on the continent.
the event, Prof. Neil Turok, founder of the African Institute for Mathematical
Science said that the institution seeks 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
the birth place of Mathematics. The continent’s youth represent the world’s
greatest untapped pool of scientific and technical talent. African economies
should take lead in promoting, supporting and championing science, technology,
engineering and mathematics education to promote research and innovation on the
continent,” he noted.
in 2003, AIMS is the first pan-African network of centers of excellence in the
mathematical sciences. Its model prioritizes international-class education of
Africa’s most valuable resource—the youth, for the transformation of the
There are six
African Institute of Mathematical Sciences centers across Africa: one in South
Africa, which opened in 2003, and others in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania,
and now Rwanda. These centers train over 300 students each year.
programme at AIMS focuses on developing scientific, technical, and
entrepreneurial competence as well as creating a critical mass of well-rounded
scientists with excellent problem-solving skills, capable of creative thinking
and genuine innovation.
Zomahoun, president and chief executive of African Institute for Mathematical
Sciences said that AIMS students learn professional and employable skills, and
are also trained in entrepreneurial methods to broaden their career preparedness
for paths outside academia.
“We shall do
everything in our power to make Africa a talent magnet. In this way AIMS is
filling the skills gap in the mathematical sciences, which will directly
contribute to the development of the continent and drive Africa’s
transformation, “he added.
the event, Rwanda President Paul Kagame emphasized that for Africa to
participate in the global economy, there is need for strong indigenous
scientific and technological capacity.
Einstein Forum (NEF) initiative is targeting to establish 15 centers of
excellence across Africa by 2023, thereby building a network of gifted young
Africans in tune with the broad use of the mathematical sciences and able to
contribute to new opportunities for growth in Africa, according to AIMS
inception in 2003, AIMS has graduated more than 1,200 students from 42 African
countries, 31 percent of them being women.