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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a centre for education and research in Cape Town, South Africa. AIMS was established in 2003 as a partnership project of the following 6 universities: Cambridge, Cape Town, Oxford, Paris Sud XI, Stellenbosch, and Western Cape. The goals of AIMS are
- To promote mathematics and science in Africa
- To recruit and train talented students and teachers
- To build capacity for African initiatives in education, research, and technology
Research activity commenced at AIMS in 2003, mostly through a limited number of short-term research fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the Victor Rothschild Memorial Fund and the National Research Foundation. However, research at AIMS started off in earnest after the AIMS Research Centre was launched during May 2008.
The main features of the AIMS Research Centre are
- A strong focus on cutting-edge topics which are most relevant to African development, especially in fields where scientists in Africa have a competitive advantage and can do world-leading research
- Close involvement with local universities and other research institutions thus widening the pool of available expertise and serving to initiate long-term research programmes in the local academic community
- Collaboration with institutions all over Africa to ensure strong pan-African participation in all the Research Centre’s programmes, stimulating the growth of pan-African research networks and partnerships
- Participation of top international researchers and institutions keen to work with African academics and students on cutting edge projects
- Close ties with industry by running programmes associated with particular industrial needs, assisting in capacity building and collaboration on innovative projects
- The careful selection of cost-effective, high impact, interdisciplinary research programmes in which a small fast-moving Centre can break new ground more effectively than is possible in larger, less flexible institutions