Established in 2003, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is Africa’s first network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences. We enable the continent’s youth to shape the continent’s future through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education- training Africa’s next generation of leaders. We have six centres of excellence across Africa- in South Africa, Sénégal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania and Rwanda. The AIMS Next Einstein Initiative is working to operate fifteen centres of excellence across Africa by 2023.

AIMS is a call to action to:

  • Empower Africa’s youth to shape its future
  • Solve global challenges
  • Drive economic self-sufficiency

“We believe that the next Einstein will be African and that he or she will develop solutions that cross borders and change lives.”

What we do

AIMS is incubating mathematical sciences to address global challenges. We offer a structured Master’s in mathematical sciences and are focused on scientific training, cutting-edge research and public engagement.


  • AIMS is providing a structured Master’s program that is enabling a critical mass of African academics, researchers and entrepreneurs on the cutting-edge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • AIMS engages world-class teachers, researchers and tutors to enhance students’ academic experience.
  • We break down the barriers for women in STEM and promote gender equality by influencing policies and changing attitudes to support women and girls in STEM in Africa – 31% of AIMS graduates are women.
  • AIMS is reinventing the university for the 21st century by offering a unique education model that provides 24-hour, live-work environments focused on applied solutions to development and global challenges.


  • AIMS is facilitating applied and impactful research conducted in Africa, by Africans, that will benefit and nurture Africa’s continued industrial growth and socio-economic development.


  • AIMS is building the capacity of Africa’s teachers through training programs to increase the pipeline of math and science students.
  • AIMS will host Africa’s first global forum for science – the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), in March 2016 in Senegal
  • AIMS is engaging with African governments and communities as a champion for the mathematical sciences as an agent of change in Africa.

Why we do it

  • Mathematical sciences underlies every modern technology and its application is found in every field.
  • Africa, which will be home to 40 per cent of the world’s youth (18 and under) by 2050, is undergoing unprecedented transformation and growth- investing in mathematical sciences is critical to drive the continent’s development forward.
  • STEM education is key to finding solutions for African and global challenges.

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