The famous Platonic inscription "μηδείς αγεωμέτρητος εισίτω" ("let no one ignorant of geometry enter") has been adopted, directly or indirectly, by all universities in the world and, very correctly, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Cyprus was one of the departments with which the University of Cyprus commenced its operation. The primary goal of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is the promotion, through scientific research and teaching, of the Mathematical Sciences. The achievement of this goal is inextricably linked with the need to produce well-trained scientists who will contribute to the continuation of the cultural and economic progress of Cyprus. Because of the pivotal role of Mathematics and Statistics for Science, it is necessary to create a department of high caliber.
Important steps in achieving this ambition are the development of links with corresponding institutions abroad and the creation of high-level programs of studies. The undergraduate program which started in September 1992 had been designed in such a way so as to be naturally extended into a graduate one, which was designed at a later stage and started in September 1997.
The undergraduate studies are based on a continuous evaluation system which leads to a Bachelor Degree (BSc) in Mathematics or a Bachelor Degree (BSc) in Mathematics and Statistics. Also, we offer postgraduate programmes which lead to a Master Degree (MSc) in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Applied Statistics and/or to a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Statistics.
The main goal of the Department is to provide education and to promote scientific knowledge and research in mathematical sciences. In particular, the Department aims to offer its graduates sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to work in education and industry, in both, private and public sectors. In addition, it aims to maintain a high standard of excellence in research bringing national and international recognition to the Department and the University of Cyprus.
In order to achieve the above objectives, the Department has developed high-level graduate and undergraduate curricula and established collaborative links with numerous academic institutions. At undergraduate level (B.Sc.), our faculty is committed to instilling to the students a thorough knowledge of the main areas of the mathematical sciences (analysis, algebra, geometry, numerical analysis, computational mathematics, probability, and statistics) so that, after graduation they are more than adequately prepared to pursue a variety of careers as well as graduate studies. At graduate level (M.Sc. or Ph.D.), our students are expected to achieve a deep level of understanding in their area of specialization. In addition, our Ph.D. graduates are expected to independently complete an important research project leading to publications in refereed international journals and presentations at national and international conferences.