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Message from the Dean


Takashi TSUBOI
Dean of the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Tokyo

 
 The Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences was established in 1992 in order to foster a culture of mathematics and mathematical sciences from an international standpoint, as well as to contribute to the overall development of society. It is a unified graduate school for mathematics and related areas and the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences is in full charge of mathematics education at the University of Tokyo.
  We accept each year 53 graduate students for our Master program and 32 for the Ph.D. program. The courses of the Graduate School are given in all fields of mathematical sciences, from algebra, geometry, and analysis to applied mathematics. The courses and seminars are in English when there are students who do not speak Japanese. Besides these courses, we invite many researchers from businesses and private universities to teach application-oriented subjects including economics, finance and information technology. We have courses to train students in actuarial and statistical sciences, which are directly connected to real world experience. Students conduct research in an independent and fulfilling environment, supported from time to time by their thesis advisors. They study as independent scholars with free and ample access to various facilities. For example, the library of the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences is one of the best libraries in mathematics in the world. The graduates of the School work at universities and colleges, research institutes, government ministries, finance and insurance institutions, information technology companies, and so forth. They actually contribute the development of society in many fields. The Graduate School grew out of two independent departments of mathematics that existed within the University of Tokyo: one in the Faculty of Science on the Hongo campus and the other in the College of Arts and Sciences on the Komaba Campus. All the faculty members of these two departments joined in the new graduated school in 1992. Hence, this year 2012 is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences. We have our building of the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences at the southeast edge of the Komaba Campus since 1995.
  Presently, the number of tenured professors and associate professors of the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences is about 55. Besides tenured professors and associate professors, we have visiting professors and overseas visiting professors. Members of the Graduate School conduct leading-edge research in all fields of mathematical sciences, from algebra, geometry, and analysis to applied mathematics. The long tradition of advanced scholarly research since before the merger of the two departments of mathematics helps the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences function as an international research center. We host over 150 researchers from around the world each year and there are many overseas exchange students in the Graduate School. Thus we are truly an international mathematics hub. In 2005, we established the Tambara Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Gunma Prefecture, a mountain villa devoted to seminars and summer schools with a full hostel service, as a venue for international researchers to meet and interact.
  Even in these 20 years, we experienced a new stage in the evolution of mathematics. There has been tremendous progress in areas where pure mathematics and other branches of sciences collude, and mathematical knowledge has become the backbone of various sciences like physics, biology, chemistry, information theory, engineering, economics, etc. These developments show the importance of collaborations with other branches of sciences as well as with the society.
  We are intimately collaborating with the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli-IPMU) which is the first institure in Todai Institutes for Advanced Study (TODIAS). It was founded in 2007 by the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) of the Japanese government. It received a very high international evaluation and it became a member of the Kavli institutes in this year 2012.
  Within the University of Tokyo, the department of mathematics has a long history. It was founded in 1881 and it has always managed to keep its long tradition of sustaining a high academic level. It has maintained a rich library collection, a common research room, and it succeeds in sending graduates to fulfill a wide variety of roles in society. In keeping with these fine traditions, the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences aims at fulfilling its social duty by offering excellent education and by producing outstanding research results. All members of the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences will make every effort to meet these exciting challenges.
April 2012

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