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Breaking the Wall to Untapped Genius: How Capacity Building In Mathematics Lays the Foundation for Scientific Excellence (13:46)

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As a result of the strong economic growth in many African countries, the continent has a growing demand for young professionals, particularly in mathematics, IT, and engineering, in order to ensure rapid and stable economic, social, and political development. Yet only 6 per cent of post-secondary-age Africans are enrolled in apprenticeships, colleges, or universities, compared with the global average of 26 per cent, and the European and North American average of 70 per cent. The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is playing a major part in closing this gap. Led by its global head, Thierry Zomahoun, the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative is a model to provide talented young African scholars with cutting-edge mathematical sciences research and training skills through the establishment of a network of 15 centres of excellence across Africa by 2023. Founded in 2003, AIMS has won international acclaim for its scientific model, which builds independent thinking, problem-solving, and widely applicable mathematical skills for its graduates while offering exposure to development fields of the greatest relevance to Africa, such as health, epidemiology, information technology, finance, banking, and natural resource management. At Falling Walls, Zomahoun explains how AIMS-NEI can promote the transformation of Africa through cutting-edge postgraduate training and research, resulting in technological progress and scientific discoveries which might benefit the whole of society.

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Breaking the Wall to Untapped Genius: How Capacity Building In Mathematics Lays the Foundation for Scientific Excellence


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As a result of the strong economic growth in many African countries, the continent has a growing demand for young professionals, particularly in mathematics, IT, and engineering, in order to ensure rapid and stable economic, social, and political development. Yet only 6 percent of post-secondary-age Africans are enrolled in apprenticeships, colleges, or universities, compared with the global average of 26 percent, and the European and North American average of 70 percent. The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is playing a major part in closing this gap. Led by its global head, Thierry Zomahoun, the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative is a model to provide talented young African scholars with cutting-edge mathematical sciences research and training skills through the establishment of a network of 15 centers of excellence across Africa by 2023. Founded in 2003, AIMS has won international acclaim for its scientific model, which builds independent thinking, problem-solving, and widely applicable mathematical skills for its graduates while offering exposure to development fields of the greatest relevance to Africa, such as health, epidemiology, information technology, finance, banking, and natural resource management. At Falling Walls, Zomahoun explains how AIMS-NEI can promote the transformation of Africa through cutting-edge postgraduate training and research, resulting in technological progress and scientific discoveries which might benefit the whole of society.

Length: 14 minutes

Item#: BVL115461

ISBN: 978-1-63521-067-5

Copyright date: ©2014

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