BMS students benefit from the broad range of mathematics offered by the various research institutes in Berlin.
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Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) is a joint graduate school of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin. Its doctoral program attracts outstanding graduate students from around the world.
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BMS has been funded through the German national Excellence Initiative since 2006. It was re-approved for continued funding through this initiative until October 2017.
Berlin is a city with a long tradition in mathematics. It is where Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, inventor of the binary number system, founded the Prussian Academy of Sciences; where Leonhard Euler developed the calculus of variations; and where Konrad Zuse built the first computer that operated with binary numbers. Today Berlin is one of the world leaders in mathematics, fostering outstanding young mathematicians.
Following the same international model used by math departments at universities in the United States, the BMS doctoral program was set up to enable outstanding students to begin their university studies directly after completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students are expected to complete their doctorate within four to five years. Very important for careers in an international context, the classes are taught in English, and research is also conducted in English. BMS has welcomed aspiring young mathematicians from more than 40 countries, and half of its 190 students come from outside Germany.
To date, more than 90 graduate students have earned their doctorate in mathematics from BMS. Alumni can be found all over the world, working as postdocs at universities in Berkeley, Boston, Princeton, Paris, Stockholm, Princeton, and Zurich.
Besides Berlin Mathematical School, Freie Universität is home to six other graduate schools funded through the German Excellence Initiative: