Department’s View – Graduate Students

Mathematics, which in its early stages constitutes mainly a set of empirical rules for the execution of actions, has now become indispensable in our lives, penetrating decisively every modern branch of scientific activity.

The Science of Mathematics is mainly characterized by the use of proof methodology and the search for the description of the mathematical concepts and laws, necessary to describe modern reality. Mathematics is studied by many for its own beauty and is considered an essential element of human culture. There are Mathematicians who view their science as art and others who work to impart mental accuracy to the content of words. This is done in order to ensure the absolute legitimacy of reasoning and the rigorous mathematical conclusions. The mechanical production of results is only part of what a Mathematician must learn. Anyone who becomes a Mathematician first learns the inner law of theory, so that they know where and why they walk to and from where and how they begin.

The two main directions of Mathematics are: Pure or Theoretical Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

A Theoretical Mathematician looks forward to the better, more efficient and rigorous foundation of mathematical theories, both to promote themselves and also to deliver to Applied Mathematics a functionality, in order to be more suitable for applications.

An Applied Mathematician is more interested in applying science in order to study the world around them. Thus, they attempt to develop and apply advanced mathematical methods, related to the scientific problem of interest. When the Applied Mathematician is faced with a new problem, they use an appropriate existing mathematical methodology, create a new one, or motivate a more specialized Theoretical Mathematician to create an appropriate methodology.

Therefore, the terms "Theoretical Mathematics" and "Applied Mathematics" distinguish two different motives. They are more relevant to curricula among Universities and across periods of time. In our day, the age of computers, there is always a way to mechanize the internal operation of any formal mathematical theory, as theoretical as it may seem.

Nowadays, employment opportunities for holders of a graduate degree in mathematics are increasing. Mathematicians, beyond their usual occupation in secondary education, can now offer their services as Statisticians, as Operational Researchers, at Computer Centers, at Network Centers, at Banks, Local and National Government Services, etc.

Also, if they wish, they may undertake postgraduate studies to gain more knowledge and pursue an academic career or a career in the production process.