Global math opportunities

The partnership: Earlier this year, the University of Minnesota and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) announced a new partnership. The University of Minnesota is one of only four universities in the United States to be an AIMS academic partner.

How it works: The U of M will invest $25,000 a year in AIMS. In return, the institute will pay travel and living expenses for U faculty members and graduate students to serve as lecturers and tutors at campuses across Africa. In addition, scholars from AIMS and the University of Minnesota will work together on research and other academic collaborations. The partnership will also help support qualified AIMS students who are applying to University of Minnesota graduate programs.

Why it matters: “Our mathematics programs need to think globally to recruit and educate the best people worldwide for the greatest impact,” says Professor Peter Olver, head of the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics and 2005 AIMS teaching participant in Cape Town, South Africa. “In many respects, Africa is the largest untapped market of students and talent. This program will allow the University of Minnesota a toehold that could pay big dividends down the road.”

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