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The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics furthers the science of mathematics, both in its theoretical and applied aspects, and aims to stimulate the application and appreciation of mathematics in other academic disciplines and in society as a whole.

For more than three thousand years people have been fascinated by numbers and geometry and through the ages humanity has acquired a treasure house of mathematical knowledge that will never become obsolete. The cultural value of mathematics, its intellectual depth and beauty cannot be overrated.

Mathematics serves as the language of the natural sciences and of technology, and increasingly of most other scientific disciplines. As such it plays a decisive role in society and consequently in many departments and institutes of our university.

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute has high standards in research as well as in teaching, and strives to collaborate with other institutes within and outside of the Faculty of Science for well-balanced contributions to the mathematical aspects of their research, teaching, and consultancy.

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute considers it a compelling task to protect the cultural heritage of mathematics by raising the interest in the study of mathematics and to educate its students to be open-minded, dependable mathematicians.