Studying at AIMS is the goal of every students in the department of mathematics in my country. From the first year until the fourth year, every students make some kind of competition to be appreciate by teachers for having good recommendations from them
Like someone from AIMS said: “AIMS changed my destiny”, I agree with him. Not only the lectures are interesting but also the possibility to use computer on our own interest help us so much
The idea of bringing together the students coming from a lot of countries is good. It help us to share our cultures and learn about the others way of living
I want to thank the director of this institute. Surely, I will bring something good from AIMS to develop my country and may be the rest of world
Current student, Simon P. Johnstone-Robertson, South Africa
Source: Class interview
Testimony About AIMS
Simon P. Johnstone-Robertson
October 30, 2008
I first heard about AIMS while studying for a Physics Honours Degree at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, when I received an e-mail advertising a week-long course entitled “Mathematical Modelling in Epidemiology” that AIMS was offering in June/July 2007. I decided to apply for this course simply out of interest and it was while attending it that I was informed about the postgraduate diploma that AIMS offers over nine months of the year. I subsequently decided to apply for the postgraduate diploma course and later found that I had been accepted for this course as well
Due to the fact that I had been to AIMS before, I think I had a fairly good idea of what to expect in terms of the accommodation and the standard of the postgraduate diploma course offered. My expectations were to have comfortable accommodation as well as a high quality course lectured by excellent lecturers from all over the world, known in their respective fields. I am pleased to say that my expectations have been met so far and in fact they have been exceeded!
The first noticeable difference is the fact that you are not treated as someone who is less educated than your lecturer (even though this is the case), but rather as a fellow researcher or academic. Another striking difference, linked with the first, is that you are encouraged to interact with the lecturers on a first name basis. I feel that this really encourages a student to build not only an academic relationship with each lecturer, as is the case in most universities, but rather a friendship as well, and this has the subsequent benefit of each student feeling free to approach the lecturer at any time to discuss any matter. It really provides a stimulating environment for learning
There have been many special memories I have stored up just from the first two was the first time that they had swum in the ocean; a priceless experience to be a part of seeing their faces every time that a wave came!
I graduated with B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Physics. I heard about AIMS from one of my friends who studied there before. At AIMS, the way of teaching is completely different from that at my university. There is a lot of assistance from the lecturers and tutors during the courses. My English language and computer skills have improved during the 3 months I have spent at AIMS. I know that AIMS will give me an opportunity to continue with my postgraduate studies
Current student, Henintsoa Onivola Minoarivelo, Madagascar
In the mathematics department of this university, AIMS is known by almost everybody and has a very good reputation. When I heard that I was selected, I was very excited!
For me, being an AIMS student is a very big opportunity. AIMS promotes a brighter future for mathematical sciences throughout Africa. Living here at AIMS is a wonderful experience – high quality lectures, and I have made new friendships; Mathematics courses are especially focused on applied mathematics, which has been a little neglected at my previous university
My name is Geofrey. I come from Tanzania. I pursued Bachelor of Education in science specializing in Mathematics at the University of Dar es Salaam
I first heard about AIMS from one of the ex-AIMS student in 2005. I obtained more information from the AIMS coordinator in Tanzania, who by then was lecturing at the University of Dar es Salaam
My expectations of high standard of learning and advanced computer skills have in fact been met and I am really enjoying the place
There are many things here at AIMS which are different from my previous university. The method of teaching based on problem solving is one, team-work spirit among the lecturers, tutors and students is another. There is also a fully-equipped computer lab which caters for our 24 hours needs
I have a three months experience now of meeting lecturers from prestigious universities all world over