The Rwanda government has partnered with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) to launch AIMS Rwanda in order to strengthen the country’s scientific community.
The MoU to launch AIMS Rwanda was signed between Rwanda government and AIMS-NEI on Tuesday February 2, 2016 in MINEDUC. Apart from the establishment of AIMS Rwanda, the MoU has various objectives: establish AIMS Rwanda as a pan-African centre of excellence in mathematical science; establish the AIMS Secretariat (Operations) in Rwanda; establish the global headquarters of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) in Rwanda and finally, to launch the Quantum Leap Africa research centre in Rwanda.
The AIMS Rwanda centre will bring various benefits to Rwanda and the region. These include providing the necessary support to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) expertise and thereby strengthening the scientific community in Rwanda and the region through an innovative Mathematical Sciences curriculum, relevant to development issues facing Rwanda and the region; raising the international profile of Rwanda and the region and its scientific community, by bringing in world-class renowned scientists including Nobel Prize winners, Fields Medallists and other highly distinguished academics as well as growing the pool of skilled mathematical scientists and problem-solvers in Rwanda and the region.
The Hon Papias Malimba Musafiri said: “I greatly welcome this important partnership with AIMS-NEI as this will greatly enhance Rwanda’s ambitions to strengthen the capacity in science mathematics and engineering in support of Rwanda’s and the Region’s development.”
Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of AIMS-NEI stated “At the invitation of President Paul Kagame, AIMS will join the science and innovation ecosystem that the government is building with the goal of being a continental hub in technology. AIMS sees Rwanda as a conducive environment for its initiatives and we look forward to collaborating and supporting the local and regional research community.”
The target is for the AIMS Rwanda Centre of Excellence to open August 2016.
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) has as its mission 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 self-sufficiency”. One of the central programmes of AIMS is an intensive one year Masters Programme in Mathematical Sciences.
AIMS was established by Prof Neil Turok in 2003 in South Africa and, in addition to the Centre in South Africa, currently has Centres in: Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana, and Tanzania, with the goal to be in 15 countries by 2023.