Africa’s first and biggest network of centers of excellence, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has opened a campus in Kigali, Rwanda.
The Kigali campus was launched in partnership with the Government of Rwanda at an event held at Kigali convention centre on Monday April 3rd, 2017.
Speaking at the launch, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said that AIMS is the latest addition to a system of science and technology-related institutions based in Rwanda.
He added that they all have a common purpose of providing opportunities for Africa’s brightest minds to develop as problem-solver and innovators.
“Together with AIMS, Rwanda is investing in the creation of a cohort of professionals and researchers who will make an impact on our country’s development. To achieve this, we are collaborating to develop an ecosystem of pan-African institutions with a transformative agenda,” said Kagame.
He further revealed that the second edition of the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering will take place in Kigali in March 2018 with focus on establishing a clear roadmap for how Africa will transform by leveraging science, technology and innovation.
Rwanda joins five other African countries where AIMS is operational, including South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon and Tanzania.
The first AIMS centre of excellence was opened in Cape Town, South Africa, founded by Professor Neil Turok in 2003.
Since its establishment, the institution has developed partnership with 15 African universities, and graduated over 1,200 students from more than 42 countries.
The launch of AIMS Rwanda is a result of a partnership agreement between the government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Education and AIMS.