Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya University
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Update: 2012/09/28


FAQ on entering the Graduate School of Mathematics

Q1 What kinds of lectures and courses does the School offer?
Q2 How much freedom will I have in selecting my research topic?
Q3 I’m a student in the Department of Physics. Can I enroll in the Graduate School of Mathematics?
Q4 Is there any disadvantage if I am coming from another university?
Q5 I am not completely certain about what area of study I want to pursue? Can I still apply?
Q6 I want to become a mathematics researcher. What kind of support will the Graduate School of Mathematics offer to this end?
Q7 I plan to find a job once I graduate. Would it be meaningful for me to spend two years at the Graduate School of Mathematics?
Q8 I am interested in computers. Will studying at the Graduate School of Mathematics interfere with this interest?

In a word: No. That being said, information science itself is a young discipline, so some explanation is required. The dizzying progress of computer hardware in recent years is closely related to mathematics. Since processing speeds increase by up to a factor of 10 every few years, the mathematical problems that cannot be computed at today’s processing speeds may be ready for simulation on tomorrow’s computers. In addition, wavelets, which are used to view images online, are one of the many products of recent mathematical research. Similarly, the increasingly effective of kana-kanji conversion (changing words in hiragana into Chinese characters) is due to our mathematical understanding of natural language.

In this way, computers are used to theoretically process fascinating problems in real time right before our eyes. For this reason, many graduates end up in computer-related careers. This is why the Graduate School offers a year-long lecture entitled “Introduction to Computational Mathematics and Computer Science.” Every year, the Graduate School partners with several private-sector companies (e.g., Hitachi in 2003) to hold a series of lectures taught by engineers working on the front lines. The aim is to teach students what happens in the real world and provide them with practical computing skills.

This is why we use the term mathematical sciences to refer to mathematics in its truest form.

The word “tagen” used in the Japanese name of the Graduate School, refers to the diversity of sources of mathematics and the many fields in which mathematics can be applied. It is rooted in the idea that there is no single origin of mathematics.

Q9 What are Advisors and Pre-Advisors?
Q10 How can I go about getting loans?
Q11 I heard that the Graduate School of Mathematics no longer requires a Master’s Thesis. Is this true?
Q12 The specialized education in graduate schools at other universities focuses on seminars with individual guidance. What kind of specialized education does the Graduate School of Mathematics offer?
Q13 I heard that Advisors’specializations sometimes do not match students’ areas of interest. How does the Graduate School ensure that students receive expert guidance in these cases?
Q14 How should we pursue independent study?
Q15 Is it possible to obtain a teaching license (just) during the Master’s Course?
Q16 Why did the Graduate School of Mathematic undertake such drastic academic reforms?