Department of Mathematics
by Lausanne, HEC School of Management February 7th, 2008
The Department of Mathematics has succeeded in integrating modern mathematics with practice for more than 25 years. It is the birthplace of Technomathematics in Europe and the Economathematics programme was established as one of the first in Germany. Kaiserslautern is also well known for advanced studies in Pure Mathematics. In 1987 international Master Programmes were initiated and since 1997 all lectures of the graduate programmes are offered in English. About 50 % of the graduate students come from abroad to gain a Master or PhD degree in Kaiserslautern. Today, more than 100 students graduate annually.All German University Rankings from the last years confirm that the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern belongs to the top institutions in Germany. Both, teaching and research, have been evaluated as excellent. Moreover, students graduate in the shortest time, which makes the study plannable. Possible specialisations on the MSc level are: Algebra, Geometry and Computer Algebra; Financial Mathematics and Applied Statistics; Applicable Analysis and Geomathematics; Industrial Mathematics: Modelling and Scientific Computing; Optimization. The research work from the two years on the MSc level can be extended towards a PhD. Up to 30 % of the qualified MSc degree holders continue with a PhD. The Fraunhofer-Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) was founded in 1996 by professors and academic staff of the Mathematics Department. The close co-operation between ITWM and the Department of Mathematics encourages the application of the latest innovations in mathematics to practice and gives students many hands-on learning opportunities. Today, the institute employs more than 100 scientists and has an annual income of 11 Million Euros. Based on these potentials, the Department of Mathematics established the Graduate School "Mathematics as a Key Technology". The Graduate School deals with all international activities of the department such as the admission and advice of international students, contacts with partner universities and study abroad periods for German students. Contacts with the Fraunhofer-Institute, the PhD programme and several double degree programmes are also part of its activities. All PhD and Master students of the department belong to the Graduate School.