Canadian Geographic: The right equation for Africa

How the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences is helping shape the continent’s future

Students from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences outside the organization's building in Cape Town, South Africa. The institute is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate education, research and outreach in mathematical sciences, with locations in Senegal, Tanzania, Cameroon and Ghana. (Photo: AIMS/Yasmin Hankel) (Photo: Yasmin Hankel)

Students from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences outside the organization’s building in Cape Town, South Africa. The institute is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate education, research and outreach in mathematical sciences, with locations in Senegal, Tanzania, Cameroon and Ghana. (Photo: AIMS/Yasmin Hankel) (Photo: Yasmin Hankel)

As a young Zimbabwean biology teacher about to become a student at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2004, Tendai Mugwawa had no idea that her time there would radically change the course of her career. Ten months of intense study would fuse her passion for math and biology, and ignite a desire to eradicate the diseases that plague her country. She would go on to earn a PhD in theoretical immunology, and ultimately work for Public Health England, where she now develops mathematical models that are used to understand and control tuberculosis outbreaks. Read More.