The University of Chicago and the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences have entered into a partnership to provide high-level mathematics education to African students to prepare them for graduate study and careers in the mathematical sciences and engineering. Under the partnership University of Chicago faculty and graduate students spend time at five research centers in Africa to serve as teachers, tutors, and researchers.
The African Institute of Mathematical Sciences recruits Africa’s most talented university graduates. Founded in 2003 with its first center in Cape Town, South Africa, the institute has since established four additional centers in Cameroon, Ghana, Tanzania, and Senegal with plans to establish a network of 15 centers of excellence by 2023.
Ian Solomon, vice president for global engagement at the University of Chicago, stated that “we think this is great for African countries and great for the University of Chicago. This is going to be the best sort of partnership, in which both sides will get tremendous benefits from our interaction.”
“Our faculty are really excited to build partnerships in Africa,” Isaacs added. “It gives them an opportunity to go there to teach and develop new research programs with scholars and students from African universities.”