History of EAUMP

The EAUMP network was born on June 1995 Sida/Sarec and Uppsala University conference on Donor support to developed oriented research in Basic Sciences. Follow up meetings in March 1999 at Arusha conference and 2001 Sida/Sarec International conference in mathematics in Africa all reiterated the poor and sorry state of mathematics, especially, Pure Mathematics, in the Eastern Africa Region. Therefore, the EAUMP program started in 2002 through the support of ISP, which was funded by Sida. Before then, ISP used to support Physics and Chemistry, as basic sciences. The decision to include mathematics was reached after it that the status of mathematics in higher learning institutions was poor, with very few staff trained in mathematics to support teaching and conduct research at that level.

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 Department of Mathematics, University of Dar es salaam was the first centre to coordinate the program, with network program coordinator being the Head of department.  The overall coordinator was assisted by three coordinators; one from each participating Departments.  The program had a steering committee whose function was to provide guidance and advice on policy issues and program activities.  In August 2008, the then National University of Rwanda and Kigali Institute of Science and Technology joined (the two together with other institutions, have now merged to form the University of Rwanda). Eight months later, the network admitted University of Zambia. The network now boosts of many MScs, PhDs and Postdocs. The focus is thus moving towards research and in this direction, research grous have been formed. The network is open to other eastern Africa countries who might be interested in joining.

The network eventually expanded and currently it has five member Universities, namely,

  • The Mathematics Department, University of Dar es Salaam
  • The Mathematics Department, University of Nairobi
  • The Mathematics Department, Makerere University
  • The Mathematics Department, University of Zambia (from 2009)
  • The Mathematics Department, University of Rwanda (from 2008)

The network has remarkable output in terms of training PhD and MSc. Graduates, postdocs and publications.  The network also provides support for participations in summer schools, workshops, conferences and outreach activities. The network also supports research groups’ activities.