AIMS Cameroon is one of the six centres of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) which is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate education, research and outreach in mathematical sciences. The other centres are based in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania and Rwanda. AIMS mission is to enable Africa’s brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa’s future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency.
The main AIMS Cameroon campus is a self-contained closed residential centre with excellent computer, library and lecturing facilities. Lecturers and students live and dine in the main campus, allowing for maximum interaction in an informal and collegiate setting. Tutors are accommodated in a building located a short walk away from the institute. Teachers Training Program is housed at the Higher Teachers Training Colleges in Bamenda, Kumba, Maroua and Yaounde; with the latter hosting in addition the headquarters of this Program. AIMS-Cameroon, which was established in 2013, is located in Limbe in the South-West Region of Cameroon (English speaking part where most people will speak French too).
The AIMS Cameroon Research Centre is being installed in a building contiguous to the main campus. This will provide working space for researchers, the Postdocs and the PhD students, as well as accommodation for visiting researchers
The City of Limbe
In Limbe, AIMS-Cameroon is located in Crystal Gardens, near the Botanical Garden with its cared for garden that has a large array of fascinating plants and runs alongside the Limbe river; and the Zoological Garden hosting rain forest animals mainly apes (gorillas and chimpanzees), crocodiles, snakes, antelopes and lots of weaver birds. Situated at the East Coast of the Limbe Sub Division, Bimbia, the Historic Slave Trade Market is also a place worthy to see during your stay in Limbe.
The city of Limbe is a beautiful seaside (Atlantic Ocean) touristic town known as the town of Friendship. The town is one hour drive away from the city of Douala hosting the Douala International Airport and the University of Douala, and a half hour drive away from the city of Buea hosting the University of Buea and the Mount Cameroon which is the highest point in the sub-Saharan western and central Africa rising to 4,040 metres. Limbe is on the southern slopes of the Mount Cameroon which is plainly visible, with spring water gauging from several outlets. Because of the mountain eruptions the beaches in Limbe are black, one of the few in the world. Limbe has two major seasons which are: the dry season – from October to June and the rainy season from July to September. It has a humid climate with the second wettest place in the world in the outskirts of Limbe.
Many other places to visit in Limbe such as Bimbia – the Historic Slave Trade Market, border villages with Nigeria, volcanic black-sand beach, walk on the solidified lava flow of the 1999 Mount Cameroon volcanic eruption.
Science and technology are powerful forces for progress in global society and the global economy. For Africa to benefit fully from these forces it must build a strong indigenous capacity in both.
Mathematics underpins most of modern life – information and communication technology, genetics, medicine, finance, demographics and planning. Without mathematical training Africans will be unable to access the full power of new technologies to solve their countries’ problems.
Through its graduate programme and public outreach activities, AIMS influences choices at school and university level, drawing bright young Africans into mathematical and scientific careers.
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