The department of mathematics at the University of Augsburg was founded 25 years ago. From the early days on, its research and teaching were focussed around classical and modern areas in pure and applied mathematics, with an emphasis also on the education of future teachers. With 9 chairs in stochastics; discrete mathematics, optimization and operations research; computer oriented statistics and data analysis; applied analysis and numerical mathematics; nonlinear analysis; analysis and geometry; differential geometry; algebra and number theory; didactics of mathematics, respectively, the members of the institute create a thriving atmosphere for teaching and learning as well as for research. Three recipients of the prestigious Leibniz prize have worked at this department.
There are close collaborations with the department of physics (which has its original roots in the department of mathematics and forms a joint faculty of natural sciences with it), with the department of computer science (which formerly belonged to the same faculty), as well as the department of business studies (with joint B.Sc. and M.Sc. programmes). This adds to the active and international atmosphere at the institute. Collaborations and international links naturally go far beyond these departmental structures. There are various successful collaborations with industrial enterprises, and the undergraduate degrees incorporate an obligatory internship or industrial placement. Beyond the usual research collaborations with universities abroad, there is a successful Sokrates-Erasmus programme which entails a lively exchange programme for undergraduates. The undergraduate degrees currently offered are B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and in Business Mathematics, as well as teacher training degrees at various levels.
Altogether an excellent basis for successful work is created, for teaching and learning, as well as for research.