Why study mathematics?
There have always been people who have enjoyed doing mathematics for various
reasons. On the one hand, it is extremely rewarding. Siméon-Denis Poisson
(1781-1840) went as far as to say that “Life is good only for two things,
discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics.” On the other hand,
mathematics can well be made use of in solving real world problems. In this
sense, another great mathematician, Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky (1792-1856),
stated that “there is no branch of mathematics however abstract which may not
some day be applied to phenomena of the real world.” At that time, not many
people could understand what he meant. But nowadays it has become common
knowledge that mathematics is indispensable for any branch of science and
technology, as well as for our everyday life.
Thus the study of mathematics can lead to exciting professional careers in
teaching and research in various fields. Interested students from around the
world are invited to join us in exploring these rich opportunities.
Why study mathematics at CEU?
Our department offers a unique opportunity to talented young
people of different nationalities to study and work together on major topics of
mathematics and its applications, under close expert supervision. At present we
have PhD students from Botswana,
Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada,
Hungary, Moldova, Romania,
We would be happy if the geographical and cultural area of student recruitment
extended to other countries.
Our PhD program
is registered to grant the PhD in Mathematics and its Applications by the Board
of Regents of the University of the State of New York
for, and on behalf of, the New York State Education Department.
The main strengths
of our PhD program are:
It is my pleasure to thank our faculty members and
students for creating a beautiful and challenging mathematical environment
here, at CEU. I would like to invite candidates from all over the world to
apply to our PhD program and join our wonderful team.
- It is carried out jointly
with the Alfréd Rényi Institute of the Hungarian Academy
- The faculty team includes
well-established mathematicians with impressive publication records who
are able to introduce students to high quality research. Moreover,
outstanding scholars from abroad are invited regularly to deliver
lectures. Among them were H. Brezis (France),
C. Carstensen (Germany),
C. Corduneanu (USA),
E. Feireisl (Czech Republic),
Peter D. Lax (USA).
Note that Professors C. Carstensen and E. Feireisl have accepted our
invitation to join our department as distinguished visiting professors.
- The list of courses covers
major branches in both mathematics and its applications thus making the
program extremely attractive. Students are offered the opportunity to
specialize in different areas, according to their specific interests.
- Our department tries to build
an intellectual and friendly atmosphere in which faculty and students
support each other, while focusing on student achievement and recognizing
and rewarding excellence.
- Possibility to travel and spend
time abroad while supported by CEU.
- There are excellent libraries
and IT facilities, which contribute to students' successful completion of
- Our PhD students have the
possibility to interact with scholars from abroad who visit our
department. Cooperation with other CEU departments is also strongly
Gheorghe Morosanu, PhD
Professor and Department Head