Mathematical Science in Pohang

POSTECH has established an influential academic environment in Pohang and has attracted a number of internationally active institutes in mathematics as well as other fields of science and technology. This allows dynamic research collaborations among the institutes that are closely located on the campus of POSTECH as well as many scholars and researchers who visit the institutes.

Department of Mathematics, POSTECH


The Department of Mathematics at POSTECH specializes in many areas of both pure mathematics and applied mathematics/statistics in its research and education. Despite its relatively small faculty size (22 full-time professors as of July 2013), the Department has combined in its research both traditional and fast-changing topics including number theory, commutative algebra, partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, numerical analysis, several complex variables, functional analysis, algebraic geometry, complex geometry, topology, graph theory, combinatorics, coding theory, cryptography, and statistics.

The Department offers a bachelor’s degree program and an MS/PhD integrated program and received the highest mark in 2011 among 63 mathematics departments in universities in Korea by Joong Ang Ilbo, one of the biggest newspapers in the country.

PMI (Pohang Mathematics Institute)


Pohang Mathematics Institute (PMI) was established at POSTECH in 2007 in order to enhance collaborative research in mathematical science.

PMI hosts distinguished scholars to provide intensive lectures to young mathematicians and acts substantially as a center for postdoctoral training. PMI also serves as a comfortable site for collaborative research, conferences, workshops, and seminars and hosts a number of short-term visitors from all around the world.

PMI is located in the Mathematical Science Building at POSTECH.

GAIA (Geometry and its Applications)


The Geometry and its Applications was established in September 2011 as part of the Science Research Center (SRC) project by the Korea Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

SRC-GAIA focuses on geometry, one of the most traditional and profound branches of mathematics. SRC-GAIA hosts researchers who are able to connect their theory to applied sciences and advanced technology of modern times that require deeper and newer understanding of geometry and also theoretical geometers who specialize in complex algebraic and analytic/differential geometry, Riemannian geometry, algebraic geometry, and geometric topology.

APCTP (Asian Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics)


The Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) is an international research center that seeks to pursue the highest quality of research, train young scientists from its member countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

The center was established in June 1996 in Korea with Professor C. N. Yang as its founding president. The center is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) and its current 14 member countries/regions are Australia, Beijing, Japan, India, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taipei, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. More countries in the Asia Pacific region are expected to join APCTP in the near future.

Max Planck POSTECH / Korea Research Initiative


Max Planck POSTECH/KOREA Research Initiative (MPK) was established to lever up the research standards in Korea to the world-class in close collaboration with the Max Planck Institutes. MPK started out with two centers, one in attosecond science and another in complex phase materials, and is expected to expand to include other areas of research fields.