AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative Launches a New Centre in Ghana
AIMS-Ghana officially joined the AIMS network on the 25th August 2012 as the third pan-African centre of excellence after AIMS-South Africa and AIMS-Senegal, which opened in 2003 and 2011 respectively.
A ceremony to mark the start of academic operations took place in Accra, Ghana in the presence of 120 guests, including the centre’s staff, its first cohort of students, representatives of the Ghanaian Government, national universities, the Government of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the AIMS-NEI Executive Director and the AIMS-Ghana Board of Trustees. A formal opening ceremony is scheduled for early 2013.
The welcome and inaugural speeches focused on the importance of maths and science for the economic, political and educational self-sufficiency of Africa. The speakers recognised the local and international partners who have already shown their support for AIMS-Ghana.
In addition to an initial pledge of support for $1.5 million USD from the Government of Ghana, Prof Francis Allotey – Founder of AIMS-Ghana and a member of AIMS-Ghana’s Board of Trustees and the AIMS-NEI Board – thanked the Canadian government for their contribution to AIMS-Ghana as part of their support to the AIMS-NEI expansion.
Expressing satisfaction on behalf of the entire AIMS Network, Mr. Thierry Zomahoun, Executive Director of AIMS-NEI, addressed the graduates saying “the greater challenge will be to show the high level of integrity and passion that can be combined with academic talent to change the future of Africa.”
AIMS-Ghana’s first cohort consists of 27 students from 13 African countries, all of whom will study together towards a Masters degree in Mathematical Sciences and gain skills, networks and knowledge to enable them to address some of Africa’s toughest development challenges”.
Classes officially started on August 27, 2012. AIMS-Ghana is a partnership project between the following Ghanaian universities:
International partnerships have already been formed with Durham University in United Kingdom and partnerships with five other universities across the world are under discussion.