Musa Kurhula Baloyi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Limpopo in 2008. In 2009, he got into the IBM Graduate Programme where he worked as an IT Specialist. During his second year with IBM, he was a Technical Consultant in the Information Management space but mostly DB2. He registered for a Higher Diploma in Computer Science with Wits University in 2010 while working at IBM’s Africa Innovation Centre. The year 2011 saw him studying fulltime to attain an Honours degree in Computer Science. An opportunity at AIMS enabled him to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences, with a thesis in Mathematical Finance. As of April 2013, he is a Software Developer at ThoughtWorks’ Braamfontein offices.

"I came to AIMS for two reasons. The first is that I wanted to do Mathematics of Finance but not at honours level since I already had an honours degree. The second was that AIMS offered a range of courses in mathematical sciences which I had been meaning to study. The scholarship package allowed me to achieve both these things. Being in a different city and working with students from all over Africa and lecturers from all over the world was just the cherry on top. The main goal was to study Mathematical Finance so I could better develop financial software. AIMS helped me a lot in that it provided me with the opportunity to work with Professor Jeff Sanders (a theoretical computer scientist) and Professor Raouf Ghomrasni (a financial mathematician) who gave me my first exposure to working with financial formulae and computer algorithms.”