With backgrounds in mathematics, engineering, physics, computer science, as well as actuarial science, the AIMS Senegal 2018/2019 cohort comprises of 43 students including 15 women from 17 countries. Eighteen joined the Taught Master’s program and twenty-five students joined the co-op stream. Dr. Youssef Travaly, AIMS Senegal President had some words of encouragement for the students: “Our training will equip you with the necessary academic knowledge, soft skills and competencies – but your networking will afford you the necessary visibility and open doors. Here is your chance to write a life-changing story.” The enthusiasm of the students is palpable. “Today we live in a continent which is rich in energy and resources. The training at AIMS will give me the competences to become a data scientist and help my continent to manage these resources,” said Khadim Sène, co-op student.