The Graduate School of Applied Mathematics was established in 1994. Later, the Undergraduate School of Mathematics was officially founded in 1996, followed by the enrollment of the Doctoral Program in 1998. In 2010, the Department of Mathematics merged with the Department of Applied Mathematics. At the same time, the undergraduate School is split into the Group of Mathematical Science and the Group of Statistics, admitting a total of 80 students per academic year. Also, the Graduate School of statistics was founded. Together the two graduate programs can admit 16 students per academic year. Currently, there are 19 full-time teachers, 2 administrative assistants and 1 research assistants in the department. The approximate numbers of students are: 307 undergraduate students, 28 graduate students and 8 doctoral students. Moreover, our department also has considerable scale in our libraries, faculty, and software and hardware equipment.
1. Current fields & development
To comply with NDHU’s overall development strategy and the expertise of the faculty members, we focus mainly on Pure Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Operations Research, Numerical Analysis and Cryptography.
Aside from providing a solid foundation in Mathematics, our courses aim to cultivate students’ skills in core mathematics and computing. In 2007, we set up three obligatory subprograms – Basic Applied Mathematics, Core Applied Mathematics 1 and 2. A student complete the Applied Mathematics program by taking 70 credits units from the above three subprograms. Upon the merging of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in 2010, the core program is adjusted accordingly for the Mathematical Science Group and the statistics Group respectively: Math Science Core 1, 2 and Statistics Core 1, 2.This offers the students with specific and professional choices in the courses. For the remaining credit units, the students can choose from statistical data analysis, mathematics computing and mathematic science, or other subprograms from other department of the university.
As the society becomes more digitized and quantitative, applied mathematics has become more important. Therefore, the following points are the clear and pragmatic goals of the Applied Mathematics Department.
- Cultivate and strengthen students’ abilities in mathematics and statistics
- Introduce the basic knowledge in business and research related to Applied Mathematics: Achieving this requires the continuous efforts from our faculties and students. More importantly, we need to communicate and share ideas with each other. In addition, we also need to continue strengthening the fundamental knowledge of the students to increase their competence. The ways and methods in reaching this goal can only be discovered through constant rethinking.
- Plan the order, relevance and necessities between the courses according to the students’ preparation and the difficulties they encounter in learning.
- Observe the employments and further educations of the graduated students, and the past & current situations and trend predictions of the industry: By using this information, we create a professional network offering career guidance and teachers’ researches to the students, building connections between academic studies and industry.
3. Academic Research
In order to put mathematics into practical use, our department is also well-equipped with computers and IT equipment. These tools offer students trainings in programming languages and the latest software in mathematics and statistics. And because of the long distance between campus and downtown Hualien, both students and teachers spend most of their time in the campus. Therefore, teachers also spend much time exercising, learning, researching and exchanging opinions with students. This is also one of the important traits of our department. And we believe teachers’ serious attitudes in researches can raise students’ morale in academic research. If they decide to pursuit further educations upon graduation, this will also enable them to handle actual researches in the field. To let the students and teachers stay in touch with the latest academic information and study materials, our department also frequently invites local and foreign scholars for visits. We hope to enrich the learning atmosphere in academic studies through these kinds of academic activities.