Arusha Workshop group discussions, by Matylda Jablonska.

Photo: Matylda Jablonska

Mathematics Education and Working Life Relevance in East-Africa

Coordinator Lappeenranta University of Technology
Contact details

Matti Heilio, matti.heilio(at)
Matylda Jablonska, matylda.jablonska(at)
Wilson Mahera Charles, maheraii(at)

Budget €624 821
Duration 5/2013 - 5/2015, 25 months
Academic field Applied Mathematics


Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Tampere University of Technology, Finland
University of Oulu, Finland
University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania
National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda
Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Kigali, Rwanda
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Busitema University, Busitema, Uganda
Pan African University of Basic Sciences and Technology Innovation, Nairobi, Kenya
University of Bahir Dar, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Brief Description:

The purpose of this Project is to strengthen HEIs in East-Africa as developmentally responsive institutions by enhancing curriculum development, pedagogical approach and capacity of staff in the area of mathematics education and teacher preparation. The invigoration and modernisation of teacher training and the upgrading of curricula will increase the level and enrolment of mathematics education, give a push forward to the education of mathematics teachers and support the universities ability to embark on development projects with the surrounding society, industry and public governance. These goals will be achieved through institutional cooperation between the HEIs in Finland and partner developing countries in selected result areas. The Finnish partners represent unique assets for these objectives.

The main activities for the project are thematic workshops organized in all Partner HEIs in Africa. These will be split into Applied Mathematics Curriculum Development workshops and Mathematics & School Education and Applied Mathematics Curriculum Development workshops. Moreover, Key Experts from African HEIs will travel to Finnish HEIs for short visits to observe and learn how project related activities are carried out there.

Result Area(s):

  • Improved quality and relevance of higher education
  • Improved information management in teaching and learning
  • Strengthened the role and relevance of the HEIs in development

Key Results to be Achieved:

  • Promotion of applications oriented mathematics education at universities, with emphasis on innovation and working-life relevance.
  • Development and envigoration of math teacher training programmes in East Africa.
  • Partner HEI staff equipped with new teaching methods – using them in the class.
  • New MSc launched (if were under construction already). Old curricula revised.
  • Increased interest and satisfaction of Math students.