The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) was founded in 2003 by Neil Turok, Director and holder of the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Niels Bohr Chair at Perimeter Institute.
Six universities - Cambridge, Oxford, Paris Sud XI and Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and the Western Cape - were the initial partners. AIMS recruits the strongest math, physics and engineering undergraduates from across Africa for 10 months of intensive graduate training. AIMS is now committed to building 15 centres across Africa, with the first three now open in South Africa, Senegal, and Ghana.
The University of Waterloo has joined AIMS as a partner, alongside 5 other Canadian universities. AIMS solicits applications from faculty to teach three-week courses in mathematics or its many applications. All costs are covered.
Waterloo Computer Science Professor Jeff Orchard taught at AIMS South Africa in May 2012 and shares his experiences in this video:
Prof. Kevin Lamb, who taught at the AIMS Ghana campus during the Winter 2013 term, is pictured here with his environmental fluid dynamics class.
This photo shows the AIMS Ghana main campus building, with staff quarters in the foreground...
... on a hill overlooking the ocean.
AIMS questions may be directed to Naomi Nishimura.