AMMSI Establishes North Africa Region Program

Since its establishment in 2005, the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) has concentrated on promoting mathematics in Sub-Saharan African countries because, at the time of its establishment, it was anticipated that a Millennium Science project would be initiated for the Mediterranean countries, to involve Southern Europe and North Africa.  The project never materialized.  Over the years, there has been concern about exclusion of North Africa from AMMSI’s activities, particularly since some of the countries in this region are equally in need of the kind of support provided by AMMSI. Consequently, the AMMSI Programme Committee recently resolved to establish an AMMSI North Africa Region consisting of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia.  The country of South Sudan now becomes part  AMMSI Eastern Africa, due to the close economic and political ties it has with Eastern Africa.  The Programme Committee also approved the appointment of Prof. Nouzha El Yacoubi, of University Mohammed V – Agdal, Morocco, as the first AMMSI Regional Coordinator for North Africa.

The establishment of the North Africa Region will impact on AMMSI’s activities, including MARM, Postgraduate Scholarships (through IMU) and LMS-AMMSI Conference Grants.

September 2013