Project information

Creating world-class IT labs at AIMS centres

A key part of AIMS is the IT lab, where each student has a computer, 24/7 internet-enable access and cutting-edge scientific software on an open source platform. This is a low-cost/high-value part of any modern education and enables students to develop skills broadly applicable to many fields.

Three months from receipt of funding.

Charity information: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences - Next Einstein Initiative - Foundation, UK

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  • Need


    Few African universities offer good access to computing facilities, with modern machines and linkages between courses and computing applications. AIMS centres use high quality IT labs to provide students with training in modelling, programming, communication and much more. Accessible 24/7 to all students, with constant internet and electricity, this is a leap above most other African institutions and enables the intensive course of study followed by students.


    This project will take the existing AIMS computing platform, proven over 8 years of operation in South Africa, and replicate it in a new AIMS centre. As much use of free software and cloud-based computing and services is used as possible to keep costs down, and economies of scale between centres will be used to drive collaboration and further improve efficiencies.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a highly quality computing environment to AIMS students.


    » Purchase and installation of new computers per the AIMS model.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a newly refurbished lab, with hardware and software along the AIMS model, where students can study and do research at their convenience.

  • Impact


    IT courses will be more effective as students will be able to use more powerful software in their studies and research. Success will be demonstrated by students being able to carry out more complex activities during the research phase and carry these lessons with them into their future careers.


    The main risk to the project is through suppliers providing low quality computers. This will be prevented through short listing suppliers who are recognised for high quality IT equipment and using global providers such as Dell or HP.


    Donors will received photographs of the refurbished IT lab and for major donors it may be possible to name the lab after them for the lifetime of the computers.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,000 Computers Purchase of 40 computers for the IT lab with related servers and cabling
  • Background


    AIMS centres are located in various countries in Africa including South Africa, Senegal, Ghana (2012) and Ethiopia (2013)


    Primary beneficiaries will be students at AIMS centres. On returning to their home universities these students will take up teaching and research positions and so benefit their students.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The project is to improve the services currently provided by the charity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jan Groenewald

    IT expert

AIMS computer lab

AIMS computer lab