Background

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).

OBJECTIVES

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

FUNDING
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

Administration of EAUMP is decided in two groups, the Coordinating Committee (CC) and Advisory Committee (AC).

Coordinating Committee (CC)

Members of Coordinating Committee (CC) are:

  • The overall coordinator. who is the Head/Chair of the Department hosting the Coordinating centre or a person appointed by such a head or chair.
  • University Coordinators nominated by the Departments at the participating institutions.
  • Representative of the funding agency.
  • The Secretary of the CC  is the coordinator of the Department hosting the Coordinating centre or a person appointed by such a head or chair.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE (AC)

Members of Advisory Committee (AC) are:

  • Heads of each of the member institutions;
  • One eminent Mathematician from each participating institution nominated and who is not a head of Department or member of the coordinating committee;
  •  One eminent Mathematician from an external participating Institution (nominated by ISP).
  • A representative of the ISP;
  • Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee.
  • Overall coordinator is secretary of the committee and advisory committee shall elect its chair.

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.