The new chair was created to help strengthen university education and research in mathematics in Africa. At the same time it will promote networking between the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Ghana and German universities and between the individual AIMS centres in Africa. The internationally advertised professorship for “Mathematics and its Applications” will be attached to AIMS Ghana.
From 9th to 11th December 2015, the Alexander von Humboldt- Foundation (AvH) organized a scientific meeting in Accra. A delegation of high-ranking scientists led by Prof. Dr. Gritzmann of the Munich Technical University and representatives of the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) of Germany arrived in the country to take part in the meeting. A candidate among the applicants was selected for the chair. The meeting was rounded up with a visit to the AIMS in Biriwa and a reception by the German Ambassador in Accra, Ruediger John, for the delegation and the applicants.
AIMS is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate education, research and outreach in the field of mathematics and related sciences. It was founded in 2012 by the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative (NEI) which has set itself the goal of establishing and networking a total 15 such supra-regional centres of excellence in Africa. The aim is to promote young African academics and strengthen Africa’s independence in the sciences, education and economy. The new research chair at AIMS Ghana will be endowed with a total of €560,000 for a period of four years financed by the BMBF.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. To this end, it grants more than 700 research fellowships and research awards annually.