UCC mathematicians teach master's students in Senegal
Academics from the School of Mathematical Sciences are educating a new generation of STEM leaders in the African country of Senegal.
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network for postgraduate training in Mathematical Sciences, with centres in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, and Rwanda.
It was established in 2003, with a stated mission of “enabling Africa’s talented students to become innovators driving the continent’s scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency”.
Each centre offers a residential Master's in Mathematical Sciences, structured with taught modules in intensive three week blocks designed and delivered by visiting professors on a voluntary basis with a team of locally based tutors providing continuity of support across the academic year.
Students are competitively selected and supported for the duration of their studies with a full residential scholarship. They are also required to complete a capstone research project leading to a dissertation.
The link with the School of Mathematical Sciences at UCC began in December 2018, when faculty member Dr Cónall Kelly was invited to design and deliver a module on Computational Finance with Python for the master's programme in Senegal. Since then he and Dr Tom Carroll have continued to teach at the centre and both have supervised research dissertations and served as external examiners. Most recently, Dr. Kelly visited the centre to teach in April 2022.