The Berlin Mathematical School will be funded for an additional five years and will be able to carry on its scientific work.
The Berlin Mathematical School is a joint graduate school operated by the departments of mathematics at the three major universities in Berlin: Humboldt-Universität, Technische Universität, and Freie Universität. It received distinction in 2006, during the first round of the Excellence Initiative sponsored by the German federal government and the governments of the Länder. Following the example of the departments of mathematics at elite universities in the United States, the program offered at the Berlin Mathematical School leads from the bachelor’s degree directly to the doctorate in four to five years.
The field of mathematics encompasses many disciplines, which have traditionally been labeled either “pure” or “applied.” The Berlin Mathematical School aims to eliminate this distinction; instead, it has organized its research areas into seven groups, each of which deals with a broad, but interrelated aspect of the wider field of mathematics.
Students at the Berlin Mathematical School can draw on the rich research landscape that exists in the field in Berlin to further their education. This landscape includes not only the departments of mathematics at the three major universities, but also four research training groups, two international Max Planck Research Schools, the DFG (German Research Foundation) research center Matheon, the “Raum – Zeit – Materie” (Space – Time – Matter) collaborative research center, the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS), and the “Quantitative Products Laboratory” financial mathematics research institution.
For the second funding period, there are plans to provide financial support for German students to spend time abroad studying and/or conducting research. Strategic cooperation agreements have been concluded with selected universities (Jerusalem, Warwick, Zurich), and more will follow. Furthermore, an expansion of the postdoctoral program is being planned; the students will be able to benefit from an even wider range of specialized courses.