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Signing of Partnership Agreement between the Government of Rwanda and African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiaitive (AIMS-NEI)

February 2, 2016

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Partnership Agreement signature between the Government of Rwanda and AIMS-NEI

Background
KIGALI, Rwanda, 2 February 2016, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/-The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) has as its mission to “enable Africa’s brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem-solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa’s future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency”. One of the central programmes of AIMS is an intensive one year Masters Programme in Mathematical Sciences.

AIMS was established by Prof Neil Turok in 2003 in South Africa and, in addition to the Centre in South Africa, currently has Centres in: Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana, and Tanzania, with the goal to be in 15 countries by 2023.

A partnership Agreement will be signed between the Government of Rwanda and AIMS-NEI on Tuesday February 2nd 2016 at 3pm in MINEDUC with the following objectives:

– Launch AIMS Rwanda, a pan-African centre of excellence in mathematical science.

– Establish the AIMS Secretariat (Operations) in Rwanda.
– Establish the global headquarters of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) in Rwanda.
– Launch the Quantum Leap Africa research centre in Rwanda.

Benefits for Rwanda and the Region

The establishment of an AIMS Centre in Rwanda will support to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) expertise, key benefits include:

a) Strengthening the scientific community in Rwanda and the region through an innovative Mathematical Sciences curriculum, relevant to development issues facing Rwanda and the region.
b) Raising the international profile of Rwanda and the region and its scientific community, by bringing in world-class renowned scientists including Nobel Prize winners, Fields Medallists and other highly distinguished academics.
c) Growing the pool of skilled mathematical scientists and problem-solvers in Rwanda and the region.

The Hon Papias Malimba Musafiri said “I greatly welcome this important partnership with AIMS-NEI as this will greatly enhance Rwanda’s ambitions to strengthen the capacity in science mathematics and engineering in support of Rwanda’s and the Region’s development.”

Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of AIMS-NEI stated “At the invitation of President Paul Kagame, AIMS will join the science and innovation ecosystem that the government is building with the goal of being a continental hub in technology. AIMS sees Rwanda as a conducive environment for its initiatives and we look forward to collaborating and supporting the local and regional research community.”

The target is for the AIMS Rwanda Centre of Excellence to open August 2016.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of AIMS-NEI.
For Media Enquiries please contact:

Dr Marie-Christine Gasingirwa, Director General, Science, Technology and Research, Ministry of Education P.O. Box 622 Kigali, RWANDA
Telephone: 0785068350
Email: cgasingirwa@mineduc.gov.rw

Mimi Kalinda, Director of Communications, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences | Global Secretariat – The Next Einstein Initiative | www.nexteinstein.org Phone: (27) 21 671 4262 | Mobile: +27 72 6881250 ABSA on Grove, 3rd Floor, 11 Grove Ave, Claremont 7708, Cape Town, South Africa
Email: mkalinda@nexteinstein.org

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