The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is Africa’s first network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences.
Tanzania is a large country on the Indian Ocean coast of Africa with a population of around 50 million, the sixth highest on the continent. It is rich in natural resources, including minerals, hydropower, natural gas, agricultural land, and its incomparable national parks and conservation areas. The Serengeti National Park, the Ngorogoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro are well known to tourists, but these only form a small part of the one third of the country that is being conserved in some way.
Tanzania is also culturally rich. It is home to 126 languages which include examples from all four of the main language families that are found on the continent. Interactions with Arabia and India over many centuries have resulted in the unique and distinctive Swahili culture that is particularly strong on the offshore islands of Zanzibar and in coastal towns such AIMS Tanzania’s home town of Bagamoyo. The associated language, Kiswahili, is now spoken throughout East Africa and is an official language in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
Tanzania is a predominantly rural low-income country in which the majority of the population is engaged in small-scale agriculture and trading. Food and financial security, health and education all present considerable challenges which need to be much better understood and addressed with innovative, evidence-based responses. In collaboration with its partners AIMS Tanzania will contribute to these tasks by building skills pipelines, conducting research, and supporting the implementation of effective solutions.
“We are pleased to bring the AIMS model to Tanzania. We bring together top global scholars in math and science to teach and research with Africa’s brightest students”. Our graduates then use these skills to tackle African development issues ranging from disease prevention to environmental degradation, education and poverty.
AIMS graduates have a broad-based training and are talented problem solvers and innovators, which is just what this continent needs.”