Forty-eight students from 15 African countries graduated from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)–Ghana at its fourth graduation ceremony held in Cape Coast at the weekend.
They comprised 30 males and 18 females out of which 20 are Ghanaians with the rest from countries such as Uganda, Cameroon, Madagascar, Benin, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, Egypt, Sudan, Zambia, Burundi, Kenya and Congo.
Awarded Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences after nine months of study at the institute based at Biriwa in the Mfantseman Municipality, they join 106 other graduates from 19 African Countries since its inception in 2012.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Francis Allotey, renowned Ghanaian mathematical physicist and President of AIMS-Ghana, said the AIMS network since its establishment in 2003, has been committed to addressing the adverse impact of critical shortage of mathematical experts in Africa.
He said mathematical sciences was the focus of AIMS because of its essential role in areas such as health research and delivery, information communication technology, finance and banking, food production to climate change forecasting and natural resource management.
Against this backdrop, he emphasized the need for African governments to invest in science, mathematics and technology education as those disciplines hold solutions to the numerous problems on the continent.
He said the AIMS network in furtherance with other objectives of promoting teaching, research and outreach services in mathematical sciences at its centres in Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Cameroon and Tanzania, would establish a fifth centre in Rwanda by the end of this year.
On public engagement, Prof. Allotey said Aims Ghana, under the sponsorship of government of Ghana, has trained 370 teachers in the Eastern, Upper West and Central Regions in Mathematical in –service training.
He urged graduands to be innovative, disciplined, focused and put to good use the skills and knowledge they had acquired at the institute to champion the growth and development of the African continent.
“You must be prepared to serve the society,” he admonished.
Prof. Aba Bentsil Andam, first female Ghanaian physicist, noted that one of the surest ways to advance the cause of Africa’s development was through higher education, research and graduate studies.
From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast