Born in 2012 as the Joint-US Africa Materials Institute, the aim of JUAMI is to build collaborations in materials research between Africa and the United States, as well as other countries. This global engagement is recognized in the revised name, Joint Undertaking for an African Materials Institute. The inaugural JUAMI 2012 was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and brought together 20 US, 25 African students and one German student. JUAMI 2016, held in Arusha, Tanzania, had a class of 65 student participants again predominately from the US and Africa, but also from Israel. The next JUAMI school will be held in December 2018 in Kampala, Uganda, co-hosted by Makerere University.