Endowed professorship in Senegal

Contribution to African network of excellence in mathematics

The international selection procedure for the endowed Chair in Mathematics and its Applications at the newly-founded African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Senegal has been completed: Senegalese Humboldtian and mathematician, Mouhamed Moustapha Fall, whose network includes Germany, Italy and Belgium, will be the first incumbent.

The endowed chair is the core element of a “Humboldt Collaborative Centre”, which is being funded over the next four years by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to the value of 520,000 EUR. The Humboldt Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are acting as partners in the project to promote networking between AIMS Senegal and German universities as well as with other AIMS centres. AIMS-Senegal is part of the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative, which seeks to establish a coordinated network of 15 supra-regional centres of excellence in mathematics across Africa by 2020 and thus to drive mathematical sciences in Africa, both in teaching and research.

Collaboration with AIMS Senegal is another of the Humboldt Foundation’s efforts to strengthen cooperation with transition and developing countries which also include the Georg Forster Research Award, the special initiative to promote transformation countries in Northern Africa – the Humboldt Foundation is, for example, represented at the newly-opened German Science Centre in Cairo –, the Neville Alexander Memorial Fund and the creation of an “African-German Network of Excellence in Science” (AGNES).