The Memorandum of Understanding between AIMS and the University of Liverpool establishes that every year the University of Liverpool has a visiting lecturer spot at one of the AIMS centres. The following lecturers have visited AIMS centres:
- Prof. Corina Constantinescu taught Actuarial Maths at AIMS Rwanda every year (some virtually due to pandemic) for the past 5 years.
- Prof. Olivier Menoukeu Pamen taught both Introduction to Stochastic Analysis and Financial Mathematics at various AIMS centres for the past 8 years (AIMS Cameroon, AIMS Ghana, AIMS Rwanda, AIMS Tanzania).
I first travelled to AIMS in February 2018, to attend the Stochastics and Applications, Research and Training Workshop organised by Professor Olivier Menoukeu Pamen at AIMS Ghana. I returned in February 2019 for a short research visit as part of my PhD studies. These experiences provided insight into life at AIMS, however, my exposure to the full AIMS experience came only after my first visit to AIMS Rwanda later in February 2019. I travelled to AIMS Rwanda with my PhD supervisor Professor Corina Constantinescu to assist in the provision of a 3-week course on Actuarial Mathematics. The course formed part of a Master’s in Mathematical Sciences undertaken by students at the centre. During this time, and throughout each of my subsequent trips to AIMS, the motivation and enthusiasm to learn shown by the students was of a level I have never experienced before, with interactive classes filled with student participation and a 24-hour learning environment. I returned to AIMS Rwanda in May 2019 to supervise a Master’s project for an extended 6-week period and again in February 2020 and March 2023 to assist in the provision of an Actuarial Mathematics course. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience life at AIMS. In addition to the special environment created by students’ eagerness to learn, these experiences have enabled me to learn about a multitude of cultures through the pan-African students of AIMS.
Pictures kindly provided by Dr Kira Henshaw.