Developments are underway to develop the AIMS-Ghana Centre. In December 2010, the organization’s steering committee decided to site AIMS-Ghana on a 20 acre parcel of land donated by the Saltpond Redevelopment Institute.
The piece of land is on a hilly plot overlooking the town of Saltpond and the ocean. Besides being an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Saltpond region is the seat of the Ghanaian independence movement and the location of Elmina Castle, the earliest European building in sub-Saharan Africa.
Architecture work has begun and construction is planned to start in late 2011. AIMS-Ghana will be a powerful, positive symbol of Africa’s future development. The buildings are being purposely-designed to offer an excellent academic environment in an attractive building which will merge local and international inspirations whilst being highly cost-effective.
AIMS-Ghana will offer a 1 year taught Masters programme with a broad focus on mathematical sciences. Courses will be taught by visitng lectures in 3-week blocks, with top lecturers being recruited from Ghana, Africa and the rest of the world. AIMS courses emphasize independent thinking and problem-solving in a highly interactive environment.
AIMS-Ghana will follow the AIMS model and feature a pan-African student body, with students expected from all corners of the continent. AIMS actively promotes women in mathematics and it is targeted that at least 33% of students will be female. Full bursaries are provided to all students, ensuring that access to funds is not a barrier to admission to AIMS, and students can focus fully on their studies.
The institute is being planned to open for the 2012-13 academic year. For more information about AIMS-Ghana click here.