Mathematics lays a solid foundation for today's skyscrapers of science and technology, improving lives and humanity's understanding of the world, including physics, engineering, medicine, financial analysis and atmospheric science.
Located at the heart of the university campus in Ma Liu Shui, Shatin, the Department of Mathematics at CUHK sits in the three-storey Lady Shaw Building. It has a peaceful garden on its roof, and oversees the sheltered Tolo Harbour.
We have been developing a strong reputation in both research and teaching. Our faculty members strive for outstanding research and international recognition. The department is consistently ranked high by many agencies. In the most recent survey, we are ranked 41st in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 and 42nd in the US News Best Global Universities for Mathematics 2022.
We have around 90 undergraduates each year. Apart from the MATH programme, we offer double major options, a minor option and multiple streams of specialization. We also have increasing numbers of taught and research postgraduates, as well as faculty research fellows and postdoctoral researchers studying and working in algebra, analysis, differential equations, geometry, number theory, numerical linear algebra, numerical partial differential equations, optimization, and topology. Our graduates work in government, industry, education and finance, and pursue further studies in mathematics, engineering, business and the natural and social sciences.
A strong local identity with an international touch marks the Department. Most faculty members grew up in Hong Kong and have developed their careers in the West. Among them is globally-acclaimed mathematician Professor S.T. Yau, who received the Fields medal in 1982, the Crafoord Prize in 1994, the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1997 and the Wolf Prize in Mathematics in 2010. More distinguished alumni appear in the Hall of Fame.