President Paul Kagame has officially launched the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) which is operating in Rwanda offering knowledge in science research, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The AIMS serves as the headquarter of five African Institutes for Mathematical Sciences based respectively in South Africa,Senegal,Ghana,Tanzania and Cameroun.
It is meant to equip mathematics-related sciences to University graduates, promote innovations in research among African experts and highlighting the contribution of Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
President Kagame has called it a great achievement to have the headquarter of AIMS in Rwanda explaining that it is an additional step wards promotion of science & technology-related disciplines in Rwanda.
He said that they all share common goals of giving opportunities to African intellectuals to solving existing problems through innovations.
“Together with AIMS, Rwanda is investing in the creation of a cohort of professionals and researchers.We are collaborating with AIMS to develop an ecosystem of pan-African institutions with a transformative agenda,” he said.
Kagame said that Rwanda will collaborate with AIMS to establish an international research center, Quantum Leap Africa which will be a world-class center of scientific research, and a leader in solving critical problems of development.
The centre will also build capability in the information technology of the future.
“AIMS and other scientific centres of excellence here in Rwanda are excellent examples of collaboration and partnership. We must be positioned to obtain maximum benefits, from this new area of science,” he said.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Musafiri Papias Malimba has said that AIMS targets to establish a way of supporting mathematics course in primary and secondary schools which will be exercised in collaboration with various institutions including MasterCard Foundation.
Thierry Zamahoun, President and CEO of AIMS has said that the institute is expected to bring solutions in technology and creating innovations in Africa.
AIMS brings together bright students to think of research, discoveries among other mathematics-related activities fostering development.
AIMS Rwanda has 47 students from various countries since it began activities in August 2016. It operates in Remera at the former Alpha Palace Hotel.
The ceremony of launching AIMS Rwanda has been attended by various experts including Dr Youssef Travaly from Next Einstein Forum, Dr Romain Murenzi from UNESCO, Dr Eliane Ubalijoro from McGill University among others.
AIMS plans to have 15 centers of excellence and boosting women participation in science education.