Eastern Africa Universities Mathematics Programme (EAUMP)
The Eastern Africa Universities Mathematics Programme (EAUMP) abbreviated as EAUMP started in 2002. The network was established the network aiming at alleviating the dismal state of Mathematics in Eastern Africa at that time. EAUMP aims at enhancing capacity building as well as initiating and strengthening collaborative research activities within the region. It is envisaged that EAUMP will promote professional relationships among members.
Initially (2002), EAUMP comprised of three members, namely:
The Mathematics Department, University of Dar es Salaam
The Mathematics Department, University of Nairobi
The Mathematics Department, Makerere University
The network eventually expanded and currently it has five member Departments of Mathematics at the following Universities:
University of Dar es Salaam (since 2002)
University of Nairobi (since 2002)
Makerere University (since 2002)
University of Zambia (from 2009)
University of Rwanda (from 2008) (Formerly National University of Rwanda, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and other institutions).
The vision of the network is that EAUMP becomes a laboratory of ideas and to assist member institutions by formulating strategies and provide directions regarding research collaboration and capacity building in the sub-region.
The EAUMP programme aims at building capacity in Mathematics teaching and Mathematical research in Eastern Africa. It has been noted that the state of Mathematics in this region still needs to be improved.
The project consists of four basic components namely:-
Enhancement of postgraduate training with special emphasis to PhD training so as to build capacity in Universities in the region and training advance mathematics researchers needed in other socio-economic sectors in the region. Training programmes will be run in jointly by staff from collaborating universities. Since there is a limited pool of PhD candidates in the region, resources under this project will be utilized to support M.Sc. training in the region especially in areas where the participating departments have an acute shortage.
Establishing and strengthening collaborative research in Mathematics areas of interest in the region. Collaborative research projects must supported by a strong postgraduate programme. Here staff exchanges and research visits will be conducted within and outside the region.
Strengthening the collaboration in mathematics with other networks.
Development of resources for the collaborating Mathematics departments. These resources include teaching and learning materials, research databases and maintenance of department’s website among others.
The expected results of the project include:-
Improved Mathematics Publications profile in the region
Increased number of Mathematics PhD holders in the region
Improved human and non-human resources of participating departments
Introduction of new Mathematics areas in the curriculum of participating departments
The main funding agency of the network since 2002 to date is the International Science Programme (ISP) of Uppsala University, Sweden. The fund for EAUMP is renewable every after three years. The first phase of fund started from 2002 to 2004, the second phase was from 2005 to 2007, the third phase was from 2008 to 2010, and the fourth phase was from 2011 to 2013, the fifth phase 2014 to 2016 and the sixth phase 2018 to 2020 and was prolonged by one year till 2021. The 7th phase will be 2022-2024.
ADMINISTRATION OF EAUMP
Prof. Eunice Mureithi – Overall Coordinator of EAUMP, University of Dar es Salaam
Dr. Makungu James – Node Coordinator and Secretary of EAUMP, University of Dar es Salaam
Prof. Juma Kasozi – Node Coordinator, Makerere University
Dr. Jared Ongaro – Node Coordinator, University of Nairobi
Dr. Mubanga Lombe –Node Coordinator, University of Zambia
Dr. Celestin Kurujyibwami – Node Coordinator, University of Rwanda
Prof. John M. Mango – Inter Network Coordinator, Makerere University
Prof. L. Abrahamsson – International Science Programme
Dr. Vincent A. Ssembatya – Makerere University
Prof. Allen Mushi – University of Dar es Salaam
Dr. Banzi Wellars– University of Rwanda
Dr. Isaac Tembo – University of Zambia
Prof. Patrick Weke – University of Nairobi
CURRENT DEPARTMENTAL HEAD
Prof. Eunice Mureithi – Head, Mathematics Department, University of Dar es Salaam
Dr. Stephen W. Luketero– Director, School of Mathematics, University of Nairobi
Dr. Godwin Kakuba – Head, Mathematics Department, Makerere University
Dr. Ndengo Marcel – Head, Mathematics Department, University of Rwanda
Dr. Kelvin Muzundu – Head, Mathematics Department, University of Zambia
COORDINATORS AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The Coordinators meetings usually take place twice or once per year. The meetings are intended to organize and monitor all EAUMP activities.
The Advisory Committee meeting usually takes place annually. Heads of department are also members of this committee. This is a committee for monitoring and giving advice in all activities of EAUMP.
Research Groups Network meetings:
Research group network meetings: Regional research groups meetings has been taking place from 2016 as follows: 2016 (Stockholm Sweden), 2017 (Stockholm, Sweden), 2018 (Entebbe Uganda), 2019 (Bishoftu- Ethiopia). The August 2020 was scheduled to take place in Arusha, Tanzania but failed to take place due to Covid-19.