Collaboration with International Science Programme

The Department of Mathematics has cooperated with International Science Programme for the last ten years. Our efforts to strengthen the scientific knowledge, research capacity and postgraduate education in Africa and Southeast Asia are strengthened trough this collaboration.

International Science Programme (ISP) is an almost 60 years old unit within Uppsala University that aims to strengthen the scientific knowledge, research capacity and postgraduate education in chemistry, mathematics and physics in countries where such capacity is non-existing or weak. This is achieved through different kinds of support to research groups and regional scientific networks at universities and research institutes in low and lower-middle income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. One core activity of ISP is to support students from the research groups and networks to get a PhD education in Sweden or some other country.

The Department of Mathematics has cooperated with ISP the last ten years and has through this collaboration hosted altogether 13 PhD students from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia as well as one postdoc from Tanzania. Together with ISP, the Department of Mathematics has also organised four network meetings for PhD students and postdocs in mathematics with support from ISP or Sida – two in Sweden in 2017 and 2018, one in Entebbe, Uganda, in 2018 and one in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, in 2019.

At the last two network meetings, a number of senior mathematicians from several African countries – mainly in Eastern and Western Africa – as well as from Europe and USA participated. This led to the formation of 11 international research groups covering many fields of mathematics. We have great hope in these groups and believe that they will push forward collaboration between universities in general and collaborative research in particular.

ContactShow/Hide content

PhD studentsShow/Hide content