The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Canada’s senior program coordinator Peter Szyszlo met with professors, practitioners and students as part of the University of Ottawa’s International Development Week conference [https://www.facebook.com/IDW.SDI/] on 10 February.
“AIMS partnerships with the University of Ottawa has been a key ingredient to AIMS’s success,” Szyszlo said. “There are numerous ways that uOttawa and its student’s have enriched our efforts.”
Szyszlo described the AIMS ForExcellence program, AIMS-university partnerships and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) project at the event. The QES program Building experiential learning, capacity and knowledge exchange through the AIMS-NEI Network provides PhD scholarships for AIMS graduates and facilitates uOttawa Coop students with the opportunity to participate in internships at AIMS. [https://www.queenelizabethscholars.ca/qes-world/]
“It’s a win-win for AIMS and uOttawa,” said Szyszlo. ”uOttawa gets impeccable PhD candidates and undergraduate students benefit from exchanges in Africa which support the transformation of African higher education and support development in tangible ways.”
This project promotes the mobility of students and exchange of knowledge between Canada and Africa. QES builds upon the recent success of the AIMS-HeadStart Initiative and provides new opportunities for students to build on their knowledge and benefit from experiences abroad.