The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Liverpool to foster new collaborations towards the development of the next generation of scientists. The partnership will facilitate the emergence of new research collaborations between Liverpool academics and leading African scientists, support the mobility of AIMS students to Liverpool, and enable Liverpool academics to spend time working at AIMS centres.
“We are thrilled by the partnership with the University of Liverpool, which comes to formalise and enhance existing collaboration between the two institutions and serve as another testament to our commitment to scientific excellence in Africa. Through our Centres of Excellence and Research Centres, AIMS invests in training Africa’s youth, while conducting meaningful research to advance knowledge-led development. Our cooperation with the University of Liverpool is consistent with our mission, and we look forward to the scientific outputs which will emerge from this collaboration”, said Professor Mama Foupouagnigni, Chief Academic Officer for the AIMS Global Network.
Professor Wiebe Van Der Hoek, Executive PVC for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “The University is delighted to have formed a partnership with AIMS to support their outstanding work. This MOU will enable us to strengthen our connections with researchers and students across Africa, explore new joint research projects and increase future academic collaborations”.
“My secondment with AIMS Ghana was an amazing experience. I had the privilege of working with very dedicated and committed students. I would encourage anyone interested in getting involved in the AIMS network to do so,” said Dr Olivier Menoukeu Pamen, Reader in Mathematical Sciences, Institute of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM).
This partnership will build on existing links between Liverpool academics and AIMS centres in microfinance, climate change, and other relevant research areas.
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Dr Olivier Menoukeu Pamen, Reader in Mathematical Sciences, part of the University’s Institute of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM), was seconded for four years at AIMS Ghana as German Research Chair on Stochastic Analysis, supported by a Humboldt Foundation grant. He is currently a research associate under the Humboldt Chair framework at AIMS Ghana and supervises PhD and MPhil students at AIMS Ghana.
Prof Corina Constantinescu, professor of mathematics and Director of the Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM), is participating in joint research with Dr Olivier Menoukeu Pamen, on financial inclusion in Ghana. Key focus areas include risk management solutions for flood insurance and joint-life insurance accounting for the broken-heart syndrome.
Founded in 2003, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for post-graduate training in mathematical sciences, research and public engagement in STEM. With centres in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon and Rwanda, AIMS is leading Africa’s socio-economic transformation through innovative scientific training, cutting-edge research, and public engagement. With expertly tailored academic and non-academic programs spanning through Centres of Excellence, Research Centres, the AIMS Industry Initiative and gender-responsive Teacher Training, AIMS equally created two critical initiatives: Quantum Leap Africa, which aspires to do leading-edge research in quantum science, and the Next Einstein Forum, which is positioning Africa to become an important player in global science. Visit www.nexteinstein.org or follow us on Twitter at @AIMS_Next.
About the University of Liverpool
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Dr Olivier Menoukeu Pamen
Reader in Mathematical Sciences, Institute of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM)
Dr Layih Butake
Senior Outreach Manager & Acting Director of Communications, AIMS
Media Relations Manager, External Relations, University of Liverpool