Academic Year 2019/2020

Note from Interim Centre President, AIMS Senegal

Prof Mouhamed Moustapha Fall

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of Centres of Excellence for post-graduate training, research and public engagement in mathematics with a mission to lead the transformation of Africa through innovative scientific training, technological advances, breakthrough discoveries, strategic foresight and innovative policy design. At AIMS, we are leading Africa’s socioeconomic transformation and enabling the youth to shape the continent’s future.

Since the establishment of our first centre in Cape Town, South Africa, AIMS has graduated over 1900 alumni from 43 countries at our centres in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania and Rwanda. AIMS Senegal, established in 2011, has trained 322 students, including 81 women. At least 32% of our alumni across the network are women and over 70% of all graduates remain on the continent post their education at AIMS. 49% of our alumni are working in the top 10 sectors including Education, ICT, Finance, Trade, Engineering, Energy, Data Science and others. In 2018, we launched the African Masters in Machine Intelligence program. The first of its kind in Africa at our campus in Rwanda.

This year, we have admitted 58 students from 15 African countries, who are set to acquire the competences needed to tackle Africa’s grand challenges.

At AIMS Senegal, our mission is twofold:

(1) To foster in our students critical thinking, scientific and technology-based learning as well as active engagement with civil society and industry;

(2) To enable recent African postgraduates (PhD and Post-Doc researchers) to do cutting-edge research in mathematics and its applications.

As you commence your journey as AIMS Senegal students, you have automatically become Ambassadors of AIMS. We urge you to leverage on the unique education you will receive at this institution to become worthy Ambassadors. It is your responsibility to emerge as problem solvers and leaders, with a commitment to give-back to your communities.

One of the unique components of the AIMS model is our lecturers. Our lecturers come from top universities and research labs from around the world. The lecturers are assisted by tutors, mostly recent PhDs and post-docs, who provide 24/7 capacity building for the students. The lecturers provide a rich and diverse source of knowledge, to equip our students with mathematical problem-solving skills and sharpen their independent thinking capabilities. We are grateful for the contribution of our lecturers, tutors and all stakeholders. We are excited about this new academic year, as we look forward to an adventurous process of application of knowledge, discovery, experimentation, interrogation, and advancement.