The Sida Mathematics project at University of Dar es Salaam under competitive bases won a proposal among the 12 proposals funded by Sida Bilateral programmes of Sweden. The overall goal of this project is to build capacity for graduate training and research in mathematics at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) through collaboration with Swedish universities. The expected outcomes are well-trained graduates, who can participate in strategic research, which contributes to reduction of poverty in the society.
On this project capacity for research and teaching on the PhD level will be developed and enhanced by training a number of staff members to the doctoral level. The training will in part be conducted in Sweden in the sandwich mode, but in parallel, a taught PhD programme by course work and dissertation will be developed at the UDSM. This training will also involve visits of high calibre academic staff from the Swedish collaborators to Tanzania. The involvement of the Swedish collaborators will give the students a wide chance to interact with international researchers and speed up the graduation rate as well as improving the quality of their theses and publications. Academic staff from UDSM will also be given the opportunity to gain international experience in teaching and research by visiting Swedish partner universities to interact with the PhD students.
The University of Dar es Salaam through its new Vision 2061 is striving to “become a world leading centre of intellectual Wealth spearheading the quest for sustainable and inclusive development”. The vision has three pillars; one of those is research, where a focus is on linking postgraduate training and research. In order to create conducive environment for research and retain researchers in Tanzania, the establishment of collaboration with reputable universities in Sweden is vital. This partnership will support: the creation of research groups; multidisciplinary research in strategic areas; mentorship of supervisors for postgraduate students; postdoctoral fellowships; opportunities for staff to present their research findings at international conferences; organisation of conferences, schools and workshops in Tanzania.
The main components of Sida Mathematics project in the period of 2015 – 2020 are: