A wise man once said, no country can be more developed than its education system. Truer words have never been said given that the fruits of a country’s education system soon than later take charge of a country’s development process. Their levels of competence will ultimately determine how far the country goes in its quest for development.
Many African countries have been lagging behind on this journey for a myriad of reasons and for a long time. Things are however starting to look up with the continent no longer viewed through hopeless lenses as was the case before. The continent is now seen to be on the rise thanks in part to technological changes that have made it possible for us to take a leap where we were trotting.
It is important to note that these developments do not happen at the same pace after all, we long agreed that Africa is not a country. Some countries will move at faster speeds than others. Some have more distance to cover than others on this journey to development.
Rwanda is one of those that have a long distance to cover but has been moving at a terrific speed that it would be sheer blindness for one not to take note of the incredible progress that the country has made since the devastating 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi which left all institutions nearly non existent.
A year ago the Government of Rwanda signed a partnership agreement with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) clearing the way for the launch of AIMS Rwanda, a pan-African centre of Excellence in Mathematical Science. The establishment of an AIMS Centre in Rwanda is aimed at supporting to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) expertise in Rwanda in particular and Africa in general.
Rwanda now has access to world class scientists including Nobel Prize winners and other distinguished academics who regularly visit to teach at AIMS Rwanda. The centre is home to some of Africa’s brightest young brains who are ready to flourish as independent thinkers and problem solvers.
“At the invitation of President Paul Kagame, AIMS will join the science and innovation ecosystem that the government is building with the goal of being a continental hub in technology. AIMS sees Rwanda as a conducive environment for its initiatives and we look forward to collaborating and supporting the local and regional research community,” – Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of AIMS-NEI
Last week the centre held a Quantum Leap Africa Scientific Planning Workshop here in Kigali. It was a discussion on that attracted renowned international scientists who engaged in the “Discussion on Big Data Science in Africa” as part of efforts to launch Quantum Leap Africa, an information science & quantum technology core created by AIMS.
Quantum Leap Africa, will be the first research centre in quantum sciences on the African continent. This will go a long way is enabling Rwanda to realise its vision of becoming a knowledge based economy. Some of the topics discussed during the workshop included, “What can Data Science offer in Africa?”
Big Data Analytics is a field of great relevance to economic growth. Quantum Leap Africa seeks to assemble expertise in big data and analytics, focused on improving the lives of urban and rural citizens. Big Data is not just a buzzword but a revolution that is currently reshaping society and business.
“Education is key to our development and it is the only way. There’s NO Shortcut,” – Bubacarr Bah, German Research Chair of Mathematics
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences is a Pan African Network of Centres of Excellence that offers quality postgraduate education, research innovation and public engagement for the advancement of STEM in Africa’s transformation journey. AIMS Rwanda is the 6th Centre of Excellence in Africa.