African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
|African Institute for Mathematical Sciences|
|Motto||Building Science in Africa|
|Type||Private, Boarding, Non-profit|
|Students||75 students (2012)|
|Location|| Muizenberg, Western Cape, South Africa
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a tertiary education and research institute in Muizenberg, South Africa, established in September 2003. AIMS was formed as a partnership between the following universities: University of Stellenbosch, University of Cambridge, University of Cape Town, University of Oxford, University of Paris-Sud, and University of the Western Cape.
AIMS was founded by Neil Turok in 2003, while he was Chair of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University. Neil Turok is the son of Ben Turok, an ANC MP. In 2008 Turok became Executive Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
AIMS's flagship programme is a 10-month Structured Masters programme in the Mathematical Sciences. The programme was upgraded in 2012 from a Postgraduate Diploma. The Masters degree is conferred by the three South African universities in the partnership. Students from Africa can apply for full scholarships, including travel, board & lodging, tuition, and a stipend. AIMS is committed to greater participation by women in science and a geographically representative student body from the African continent.
Visiting faculty have included David MacKay, Bernt Øksendal, David Aschman (Cape Town), Alan Beardon (Cambridge), Jordi Campos (Barcelona), Jesus Cerquides (Spanish National Research Council), Patrick Dorey (Durham), Pedro Ferreira (Oxford), Jan Govaerts (Leuven), Barry Green (Stellenbosch), Gordon Johnson (Houston), Dirk Laurie (Stellenbosch), Sanjoy Mahajan (MIT, Olin), Vincent Rivasseau (University of Paris), Bernd Schroers (Heriot-Watt), Robert de Mello Koch (Witwatersrand), Rob Beezer (University of Puget Sound), Jeff Sanders (United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology), and Tadashi Tokieda (Cambridge). Each visiting lecturer teaches an intensive three-week-long module.
The goal of the programme is to produce students capable of doing a high quality research-based Master's degree. Special emphasis is placed on intuitive understanding, problem solving skills, collaboration, scientific writing skills, and computer modelling using Free Software such as SAGE, SciPy, and R.
AIMS offers bursaries for many alumni continuing studies in South Africa.
Honours Degree in Mathematical Biology
Honours Degree in Mathematical Finance
Master's and doctoral studies
The AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) is a plan to create 15 more AIMS centres across Africa. These centres aim to create educational conditions and scientific resources equivalent to the more developed continents to fulfil Neil Turok's TED wish.
The first three centres after South Africa are in Senegal, Ghana and Cameroon. AIMS Senegal began operation in September, 2011 in Mbour, near Dakar, and AIMS Ghana opened its doors in 2012 in the small coastal city of Biriwa. An earlier centre based at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Nigeria was known as AIMS-Abuja for a while.
AIMS-NEI is a continuation of the work of the African Mathematical Institutes Network (AMI-Net).
The centre specialises in Mathematical Biology, Industrial Mathematics, Mathematical Finance, Astrophysics & Cosmology, and Computer Algebra. Bursaries are offered for Master's and doctoral studies.
AIMS hosts a School Enrichment Centre which offers free learning resources and professional development courses for South African mathematics teachers.
Workshops and conferences
AIMS regularly hosts short conferences or workshops in Mathematics and its applications, especially in Physics, Mathematical Finance, Epidemiology. Other topics include Scientific Modelling or System Administration using Ubuntu Linux as a platform.
Regular public lectures on a wide range of topics are offered by eminent scientists at the forefront of research in their field.
In July 2010 Canada committed $20 CDN million of federal funding to AIMS and the AIMS-NEI project. The funds will be administered by the International Development Research Centre and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Individuals donate to AIMS on GivenGain.
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