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For millennia mathematics has been an indispensable tool in everyday life as well as in understanding natural phenomena and explaining the fundamental processes of the Universe.


· the dramatic increase of the role of information technology in modern society,

· engineering, economics, medicine, chemistry, and life sciences increasingly adopting quantitative approaches,

· physics in search of a new language to quantify progressively more abstract concepts

the demand for mathematical methods and mathematically literate professionals cannot be overstated.

This UCT Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is a community of scholars that vigorously strives towards

· teaching and communicating mathematics to the widest possible cross-section of South African society,

· excellence in developing fundamental mathematics and mathematical methods for applied disciplines,

· using mathematics to address pressing needs of society nationally, throughout Africa, and worldwide.

Our vision is to be the flagship of African mathematics, representing the diversity of the South African population and serving the community.

The Department teaches over 7000 undergraduate students (three-quarters of them first-years) and currently has 31 Honours students, 6 Masters and 23 PhD students registered.

The department is made up of some 40 permanent full time academic staff, many with NRF ratings, and several internationally recognised as leading experts in their respective fields.

Our outreach programmes to thousands of high school students in the Western Cape (the UCT Mathematics Competition and the UCT Mathematics Circle) provide opportunities for promising young mathematicians to discover their mathematical potential, and encourage them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.