CHOOSEMATHS is a national project delivered by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) with the support from the BHP Billiton Foundation.

THE AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES INSTITUTE (AMSI)

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) is a national not-for-profit, collaborative organisation based at the University of Melbourne. The central voice for Australia’s mathematical sciences, AMSI plays an active role in the development of national research policy and frameworks to help shape Australian innovation for the future. We continue to drive a policy and advocacy agenda to achieve critical reform at all key stages of the mathematics pipeline from school-based and higher education, research training and funding to industry collaboration and innovation.

Our membership includes Australian universities, professional societies and government agencies with a shared objective to integrate research, education and industry involvement. A leading provider of services, activities and strategic initiatives we are working to radically improve capacity and facility of the discipline within the Australian community through:

  • the support of high quality mathematics education for all young Australians
  • improving the supply of mathematically well-prepared students entering tertiary education by direct involvement with schools
  • the support of mathematical sciences research and its applications including cross-disciplinary areas and public and private sectors and industry
  • the enhancement of the undergraduate and postgraduate experience of students in the mathematical sciences and related disciplines

THE BHP BILLITON FOUNDATION

The BHP Billiton Foundation’s ambition is to make a meaningful contribution to some of the unprecedented sustainability challenges facing our generation.
In a rapidly changing and complex world, Australia’s future success will rely on a highly educated and diverse workforce founded on a strong pipeline of science and technology skills. We need young people who are innovative, resilient, problem solvers and critical thinkers.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education will be critical to building the skills that will secure the prosperity of future generations. Providing access to quality education and training will unlock opportunities for individuals, enable communities to prosper, and businesses and economies to compete.

In Australia, research indicates that girls are under-represented in STEM. To support a national effort to address this gap, BHP Billiton Foundation and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) have formed a partnership to design and deliver the Choose Maths program. This AUD$22.2M investment aims to promote greater interest and academic achievement of girls in mathematics, leading to an increased participation in STEM subjects and contributing to a more sustainable and competitive economy.

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