Securing the Future with the Mathematical Sciences
The National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (NGA(MaSS)) is a consortium of South African universities that collaborate around the training of the next generation of mathematicians, statisticians and data scientists. It has been established in terms of paragraph 38 of the South African Higher Education Act, Number 101 of 1997, as amended. The main objective is to pool existing extertise and resources across the National System of Innovation in order to empower students enrolled for Masters and PhD degrees as well as early career academics who graduated with their PhDs within the previous 5 years. The major goals would be for the postgraduate students and early career academics to be given the opportunity to develop greater breadth and depth of knowledge of contemporary developments in these disciplines and with the advanced quantitative skills that would enable them to contribute to the advancement of new knowledge and to make meaningful contributions in academia, public and private sectors and non-governmental organisations. Membership is voluntary and open to all public South African universities.
Vision and Mission:
The vision of the National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is diverse South African mathematical and statistical communities: diverse in terms of spectrum of mathematical and statistical areas covered, diversity of ideas and mathematical and statistical machinery, tools and methodologies deployed and the range of research questions pursued, from fundamental questions and new theories to diversity of applications.
The mission of the National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is to address the academic and intellectual isolation of South African mathematical and statistical sciences and to help produce the next generation of scholars in these disciplines who exhibit the breadth and depth of knowledge of contemporary developments in the mathematical sciences and with advanced quantitative skills that will enable them to contribute to the advancement of new knowledge and to make meaningful contribution in academia, public and private sectors and non-governmental organisations.