OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Could the next Einstein come from Africa?
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is betting on
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of
Canada, joined Neil Turok, founder of AIMS-NEI and Director of the
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Thierry Zomahoun,
Executive Director of AIMS Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), and
Jean Lebel, President of Canada's International Development Research
Centre (IDRC), as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of AIMS. They
were joined by AIMS alumni from Cameroun, Nigeria, Swaziland, and
Malawi, young brilliant scientists who seek to make their mark on
AIMS-NEI seeks to nurture scientific and technical talent across Africa.
AIMS centres in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, and Cameroon are already
providing rigorous mathematical science training for postgraduate
students from across Africa. The ultimate goal: a pan-African network
of 15 AIMS centres by 2021, thereby building a critical mass of highly
skilled mathematical science postgraduates capable of making a major
contribution to Africa's growth. IDRC implements Canada's $20 million
contribution to expand the AIMS network.
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About AIMS and the Next Einstein Initiative
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African
network of centers of excellence for post graduate education, research
and outreach in mathematical sciences. Its mission is 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. AIMS was
founded in 2003 and has produced over 500 graduates, about one third of
whom are women. The goal of the Next Einstein Initiative is to build 15
centres of excellence across Africa by 2021. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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Image with caption: "In the photograph (left to right): Martial Loth Ndeffo Mbah, AIMS graduate; Marvellous Onuma-Kalu, AIMS graduate; Nosiphiwo Zwane, AIMS graduate; Thierry Zomahoun, Executive Director, AIMS-NEI; Denis Desautels, Chair of IDRC's Board of Governors; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Neil Turok, founder of AIMS-NEI and Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics; Jean Lebel, President, IDRC; Felix Oghenekohwo, AIMS graduate; Richard Junganiko Munthali, AIMS graduate; Adele Newton, AIMS-NEI. (CNW Group/International Development Research Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131107_C5361_PHOTO_EN_33113.jpg
SOURCE: International Development Research Centre
For further information:
IDRC: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé | (+1 613) 696-2343 | email@example.com | @IDRC_CRDI
AIMS: Adele Newton | (+1 416) 346-8949 | firstname.lastname@example.org |@AIMS_Next