Promoting mathematical excellence in developing countries.
LML External Fellow Stefano Luzzatto is the Scientific Coordinator of the International Mathematics Master (IMM), and more than 20 internationally renowned mathematicians have donated their time to the program. LML provides administrative and financial support.
Professor Stefano Luzzatto explains the IMM
The core long-term ambition of the International Mathematics Master (IMM) is capacity building in mathematics, which means the establishment of a critical mass of local researchers working at an international level who can train their own students and thus become a self-sustaining research community.
The IMM draws inspiration from existing initiatives, in particular the decades of experience of the faculty and staff of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy.
The main feature of the the IMM is a Master of Mathematics, hosted by an existing higher education institution in a developing country, taught by prestigious international faculty, and comprising a scientific program based on fundamental and core mathematical topics. The program aims to attract the very best local and international students and exposes them to the highest quality teaching in preparation for entering competitive PhD programs.
Despite its simplicity, the vision and strategy of the IMM are quite unique, and fill a gap in the existing landscape mathematical training and research in developing countries.
The IMM was inaugurated in October 2019 at the ICTP Affiliated Centre at COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus, Pakistan.
Over the last 2 years, more than 20 international faculty from internationally renowned universities worldwide have volunteered their time to teach in the IMM program, initially travelling in person to Lahore and then online.
We are very pleased that 9 out of 12 students in the first graduating class of 2021 have secured fully funded fellowships to continue their graduate studies in Europe.
The 2-year Mathematics Master is the core of the program.
This core is enhanced by a preparatory program providing additional support to undergraduate students to facilitate access to the Master level program.
The third pillar of the IMM is the alumni network. Alumni are encouraged to support each other, to help with preparatory tutoring, and in time will be able to help support IMM financially.
All IMM students receive studentships which cover tuition fees and living expenses. The program has received administrative and financial support from COMSATS University Islamabad, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the London Mathematical Laboratory, and private individuals.
Given the success in the first cohort of IMM students, and the current situation in the Pakistan region, IMM has decided to broaden its intake of students by offering regional studentships to students from neighboring countries. The London Mathematical Laboratory supports this vision and will match the first £60,000 of donations to help scale up the program.
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Thank you in advance from all the present and future students of the IMM programme.
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