The U.S. Volunteer Lecturer Program

The goal of this program is to provide mathematician volunteers with the opportunity to give intensive month-long courses at universities in the developing world. The VLP fosters collaboration between the mathematical communities of the developed and developing world. This program was established as an ongoing program in 2009 once the National Science Foundation Grant (# DMS-0937225) was obtained. In 2010 the VLP was expanded to Latin America and the African region. In 2011, the VLP launched a social network to establish a sustainable platform for the advancement of mathematics capacity building in the developing world.

The U.S. Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP) was established by the Committee for Developing Countries (CDC) of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) out of the paradigm created by the Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (CIMPA) program in Cambodia, the London Mathematical Society’s Mentoring African Research in Mathematics (MARM) program, and the Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU) with southern African universities.

The VLP strives to build capacity in mathematics and mathematics education in developing countries, and increase mathematical interaction between the mathematical community in the developed world and the untapped mathematical talent in the developing world. Presently this program is focusing on scientific capacity-building in Southeast Asia, Central America, and Africa.

The VLP has sent a lecturer to the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) in Cambodia. The program has also sent a lecturer to the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanania, to the Urgench State University in Uzbekistan, and to the Universidad de El Salvador in San Salvador.