University partners with African Institute for Mathematics Sciences

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The University of Liverpool has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the African Institute for Mathematics Sciences (AIMS) to foster new collaborations towards the development of the next generation of scientists.

The partnership will facilitate the emergence of new research collaborations between Liverpool academics and leading African scientists, support the development of the next generation of scientists in Africa, and enable Liverpool academics to spend time working at AIMS centres.

Professor Wiebe Van Der Hoek, Executive PVC for the University's Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “The University is delighted to have formed a partnership with AIMS to support their outstanding work.

"This MOU will enable us to strengthen our connections with researchers and students across Africa, explore new joint research projects and increase future academic collaborations."

Professor Mama Foupouagnigni, Chief Academic Officer for AIMS, said: “We are thrilled by the partnership with the University of Liverpool, another testament to our commitment to scientific excellence in Africa.

"Through our Centres of Excellence and Research Centres, AIMS invests in training Africa's youth, while conducting meaningful research to advance knowledge-led development. Our cooperation with the University of Liverpool is consistent with our mission, and we look forward to the scientific outputs which will emerge from this collaboration.”

This partnership will build on existing links between Liverpool academics and AIMS centres in microfinance, climate change, and other relevant research areas.


Corina Constantinescu, Professor of mathematics and Director of the Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM), is working on financial inclusion in Ghana. Key focus areas include risk management solutions  for flood insurance  and  joint-life insurance accounting for the broken-heart syndrome.

Dr Olivier Menoukeu Pamen, Reader in Mathematical Sciences, part of the University’s Institute of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM), was seconded for 4 years at AIMS Ghana as German Research Chair on Stochastic Analysis, supported by a Humboldt Foundation grant. He is currently research associate at AIMS Ghana and supervising PhD and MPhil students in the area of stochastic analysis and applications in (micro) finance and insurance.

About AIMS

Founded in 2003, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for post-graduate training in mathematical sciences, research and public engagement in STEM. With centres in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon and Rwanda, AIMS is leading Africa’s socio-economic transformation through innovative scientific training, cutting-edge research, and public engagement.

With expertly tailored academic and non-academic programs spanning through Centres of Excellence, Research Centres, the AIMS Industry Initiative and gender-responsive Teacher Training, AIMS equally created two critical initiatives: Quantum Leap Africa, which aspires to do leading-edge research in quantum science, and the Next Einstein Forum, which is positioning Africa to become an important player in global science. For more information, visit

Partnership Inquiries

If you are interested in finding out more about the AIMS network and exploring a new collaboration please contact Dr Olivier Menoukeu Pamen, Reader in Mathematical Sciences, Institute of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM):