Mathematical Sciences, Korea Advanced Institute Science and Technology(KAIST)

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST) was founded in 1971 as the first research-oriented graduate School for science and engineering in Korea, and continues to be Korea’s foremost center of strategic research and development projects. It is consistently ranked among the top 30 universities worldwide for Engineering and IT. Today KAIST consists of six colleges, two schools, 19 departments, four divisions, and nine professional graduate schools. KAIST has 584 tenured and tenure-track professors and 320 non-tenure track professors. Of these, 43 are international faculty and 47 are female. Governed by a special law, KAIST has an autonomous and flexible academic system. Other colleges and universities in South Korea are required to abide by the Korean government-directed admissions and curriculum requirements. KAIST has an “open major system” which allows students to take classes freely for three semesters before choosing a discipline that suits their aptitude. With Korea’s first test-free admissions system for undergraduate programs, applicants' overall grades, math and science grades, recommendation letters from teachers, study plans, and personal statements are evaluated for the admission. The total population of undergraduate and graduate students is approximately 10,000, out of which about 60% has always been the graduate students. The Department of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) dates back to 1982, when the Department of Applied Mathematics, a graduate program, at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science (KAIS) was established. In 1985, a separate department, in charge of an undergraduate program in mathematics, was founded at the Korea Institute of Technology (KIT). The two departments merged into the Department of Mathematics at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1990, and the current name, DMS, has been used since 2007. Today the DMS has 32 full-time professors, five affiliated professors, and 26 research professors, visiting professors, and post-doctoral researchers. There are eight full-time staff members who manage daily activities. Currently, 260 undergraduate and 140 graduate students are enrolled in the department, and these numbers are increasing steadily. The main objectives of the DMS are research and education. The department has an outstanding faculty with expertise in both pure and applied mathematics, and it offers first-rate undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. For more information, please visit

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