"Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit."
— Stefan Banach

Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics


10 October 2016

It is a sad day today. It is a sad day for academic freedom in the Mathematics Department.  A meeting called by the HOD, which was open to all mathematics students and staff was disrupted by protesting “FeesMustFall” students to the point where the police and security requested that the meeting be dissolved. The principles of freedom of expression, freedom of association as well as the basic rights of those attending were violated. The topic of the meeting (ironically!) was “Shared Departmental response to the national call for free quality education”. It is quite unbelievable that protesting students would disrupt a meeting which essentially supports their cause.


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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Pretoria.

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Pretoria is not only one of the largest departments on the Hatfield Campus, but also one of the largest Mathematics departments in the country. It grew from humble beginnings in 1913, with only 38 students, to a department with more than 20 000 students enrolled for mathematics modules. The diverse and competent body of staff boasts expertise in a variety of fields. The department prides itself in excelling in both its teaching and research activities, as well in community based activities.

Physically, the department is situated on the western side of the campus of the University of Pretoria. The building has a classical old-time character that surrounds a quad where the bustle of students adds vibrancy. A newer feature is that of an enclosed garden that provides a popular venue for outdoor functions. The singular environment is complemented by a tangible academic atmosphere in which many UP graduates have reached success.

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