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Vol. 25 No. 3
May - June 2003

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Foundation of an African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

This important new initiative in capacity building in science education will provide an Africa-based solution to African problems, facilitated by the international scientific community. It is to be realized in South Africa and will have a primary impact there, but its influence and benefit will extend throughout the African continent. The initiative, which has already received the support of the South African National Research Foundation and the endorsement of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, is to establish an African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Muizenberg, a suburb of Cape Town, where a very well-adapted building has been donated for this purpose. Here, "mathematical sciences" is to be understood as mathematics together with its applications in such diverse fields as mechanics, physics, chemistry, geophysics, astrophysics, engineering, information technology, biology, and medicine.

One goal of the AIMS is to offer a one-year diploma course specially designed for mathematics and science graduates of African Universities, which will be taught by a team of internationally renowned lecturers in close collaboration with South African academic staff. The course will give the students the mathematical and computing research skills needed to address important modern areas of applied mathematics, and will inspire a new generation of African students to undertake scientific research of great practical importance.

www.aimsforafrica.org


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