Experts debate urgency of investing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Africa

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In the last decade, Africa has experienced unprecedented economic growth and some of the continent’s industries – retailing, manufacturing, banking, telecommunications, construction and private investment – are booming. But as Africa undergoes unprecedented transformation and growth, challenges such as the impacts of climate change on economic sectors like agriculture, the spread of disease and the inequitable division of wealth remain. …

Canadian connection to quest for African Einstein delivering a deluge of beautiful minds

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Ottawa, Ontario (October 1) – The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, or AIMS, arrived on Parliament Hill this week with a stunning update on its Next Einstein Initiative. Though the next prodigy still eludes, with Canada’s help AIMS has produced an impressive array of more than 731 graduates from 41 African nations with more than 30 per cent of these …

Mathematicians denounce SA xenophobia

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The African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) has condemned recent attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.The organisation said the xenophobia had caused irreparable damage to the country. AIMS founder, Professor Neil Turok, said he was deeply shocked and saddened by the recent violence. “It is clear that there are deeper socio-economic catalysts that have brought South Africa to this point. …

AIMS Condemns Xenophobic Attacks

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 21 April 2015,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-The African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) joined South African corporations, non-government organisations and various stakeholders in the public and private sector across the world in speaking out against the recent xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals residing in South Africa. The first pan-African network of centres of excellence, which established its …

Will the Next Einstein Be a Woman from Cameroon?

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This year’s Pi Day is particularly special because not only is it 3.14, but it’s 3.1415. This only happens once every century! We say that’s all the more reason to celebrate brilliant female mathematicians that are contributing solutions to global challenges. Around the world, women only represent 30% of researchers, but these four women are making a name for themselves …

Thierry Zomahoun Podcast: Africa is Looking for its Einsteins

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Africa is at a tipping point, and will become a global player.” That’s according to Thierry Zomahoun, president and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), who is also a development economist. He has a dream: “To train a critical mass of bright mathematical scientists, who are critical thinkers and problem solvers, and who will address the African …

Two stand-out models of physics education and outreach in South Africa

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“AIMS for development – The African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is an increasingly popular option at the postgraduate level. The first of now six centers on the continent was established in Muizenberg (near Cape Town) in 2003 by South African native and mathematical physicist Neil Turok, now director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. The mission of …