Africa's maths whizzes can fulfil their potential on the continent, thanks to the African Institute of Mathematical Science
An African maths institute is creating opportunities to study and stay
LBERT AGISHA NTWALIwas resigned to becoming a maths teacher at a secondary school. The 23-year-old from Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo was a stellar undergraduate at his local university. But his career options seemed limited until a professor told him about the African Institute of Mathematical Science (
AIMS), a network of postgraduate academies that offers scholarships to budding African mathematicians. Last year Mr Ntwali enrolled at theAIMScampus in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. “Now I can join a company, become a data scientist, do aPD…” He goes giddy listing the options.
For decades there were few possibilities for African mathematicians to reach their potential on the continent. Many gave up studying; others went abroad. Wilfred Ndifon, a Cameroon-born biologist who oversees research atAIMS, recalls that after he completed his
PhDat Princeton in 2009, he was put off from returning home by the lack of computing power. “Universities mostly used Excel,” he says.Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks.The institute is making scholars think twice about forsaking study or moving overseas. In 2003 the first campus was founded on the outskirts of Cape Town by Neil Turok, a South African physicist. Today there are five more, in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania and Rwanda. Funding for each one comes partly from the host country’s government and partly from international donors. Nearly 2,000 students from 43 African countries have graduated.
That number is set to rise quickly. The institute will open nine new campuses. And it is adding new degrees. In July the first cohort of students graduated in Kigali with a masters in machine intelligence.The course was founded by Moustapha Cisse, who runs Google’s
AIresearch in Ghana. It is sponsored by Google and Facebook. One of the students, Ines Birimahire, a Rwandan, explains that she wants to apply machine learning to areas that Western researchers neglect. She is collecting audio data from radio stations to ensure that “natural language processing” software (such as Google Translate) can manipulate African languages. Another project involves collecting photos of cassava leaves to develop software that helps farmers identify diseases.
Professor Ndifon argues it is vital that the institute does not just teach, but conducts research as well. African researchers bring “unique perspectives”, he argues. Google has funded Quantum Leap Africa, an artificial-intelligence centre, in Kigali, and
AIMShas plans for seven new research chairs. Some of these will be dedicated to climate science; Professor Ndifon notes that African policymakers need better forecasting models.African mathematicians, like all ambitious masterminds, will still look for jobs at top global universities and companies abroad. The resources at elite colleges in Europe or America surpass those in Senegal or Rwanda. But the growth of
AIMSmeans that there is at least a chance for more scholars to do world-class work nearer home. “Maths is a universal language,” says Mr Ntwali.AIMSis making sure more Africans are fluent in it.■This article appeared in theMiddle East and Africasection of the print edition under the headlineRead more: The Economist »
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