History of EAUMP

The origin of EAUMP network is traced back to 1995 when Sida/Sarec and Uppsala University held a conference on Donor support to developed oriented research in Basic Sciences. There came follow up meetings in March 1999 at Arusha conference and the 2001 Sida/Sarec International conference in Mathematics in Africa, all reiterating the poor and sorry state of Mathematics, especially in the areas of Pure Mathematics, in the Eastern Africa Region. Thus, the EAUMP program started in 2002 through the support of ISP, funded by Sida. The decision to include Mathematics as ISP Core Program was reached after concluding that the status of Mathematics in higher learning institutions in Eastern Africa was poor, with very few staff trained in Mathematics to support teaching and conduct research at that level. Before then, ISP used to support only Physics and Chemistry, as her Core programs. All the said earlier discussions and eventually a decision for ISP to support Mathematics in the Eastern Africa Region, was spearheaded by prof Leif Abrahamsson from Uppsala University in Sweden.

The initial three members of EAUMP at its onset in 2002, were:

    1. Department of Mathematics, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    2. The then Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Nairobi, Kenya
    3. Department of Mathematics, Makerere University, Uganda

The Department of Mathematics, University of Dar es salaam hosted the first overall coordination cycle of three years, with network Overall coordinator being the Head of the department.  The overall coordinator was assisted by three node coordinators; one from each participating Department. The program had a Steering Committee/Board whose function was to provide guidance and advice on policy issues and program activities.  In August 2008, the then National University of Rwanda (NUR) and Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) joined the EAUMP Network as one node. The two institutions together with other institutions in Rwanda, have since merged to form the present University of Rwanda. In 2009, the network admitted University of Zambia, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The network now boosts of the many MScs, PhDs and Postdocs trained. With the increased capacity built over the years, the Network focus is thus moving towards collaborative research and in this direction, research groups have been formed. The Network is open for admission to other Eastern Africa countries.

Hence, the current members of the Network are five, namely,

    1. Department of Mathematics, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    2. School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Nairobi, Kenya
    3. Department of Mathematics, Makerere University, Uganda
    4. Department of Mathematics, University of Rwanda, Rwanda
    5. Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Zambia, Zambia

Achievements of the Network

The key achievements of the EAUMP Network in the past two decades include among others:

    • The many PhDs trained (24 completed and 10 ongoing)
    • The many Mscs trained (Over 50 trained and over 10 ongoing)
    • The 7 PostDocs fellowships awarded and successfully conducted
    • The many impactful publications from the member departments
    • Successful Annual Summer Schools
    • The three EAUMP Conferences organized.
    • The 11 regional research Groups Created.
    • The weekly African Mathematics Seminar Series (AfMS)

Resources Mobilization by the Network

Over the years, the Network has successfully solicited and obtained funding from various organizations. However, it is important to note that over 95% of the Network activities are financially supported by ISP. Thus, the following are some of the key organizations that have at one time or many times financially supported EAUMP activities:

ISP, Sida, LMS, AMMSI, DAAD, COMPOSITIO, MARM, ICTP, TWAS, IMU-CDC, CIMPA local Universities etc

In 2010, the Network established an office of Inter Network Coordinator to spearhead the resources mobilization activities and connecting the EAUMP Network with other Networks/Scientists for mutual scientific benefits. This office headed by Prof John Mango as coordinator, has since then lived to its expectation.