Established in 2012, Southern University of Science and Technology is a young university aiming to become a top research university in the world. In recent years, the university has attracted many outstanding researchers.
The Department of Mathematics currently has 30 full-time faculty members, including 5 chair professors, 6 professors, 1 associate professor, 5 assistant professors and 4 visiting assistant professors. Three of the professors are members of the “Recruitment Program of Global Experts” and 2 are “Chang Jiang Scholars”, 2 are winners of the National Science Foundation Award for Distinguished Young Scholars, and 1 has received the “Young Overseas High-level Talents” award. In addition to the 21 research professors, there are 9 teaching professors dedicated to high quality teaching, and the department is expected to grow quickly in coming years.
Faculty members examine all aspects of mathematics including basic mathematics, applied mathematics, financial mathematics, computational mathematics and statistics. They have a broad vision, profound knowledge, a strong sense of responsibility and experience in teaching and scientific research in well-known universities and research institutions both in China and abroad. They teach the basic theories and methods of mathematical sciences, with a focus on developing students’ ability to design mathematical models and solve practical problems with computers.
There are many jobs and opportunities for further academic development for undergraduate students in mathematics and applied mathematics. Government agencies, banks, insurance companies, securities investment companies, software developers, market survey and analysis companies, e-commerce companies and many high-tech companies all have job opportunities for undergraduate students in mathematics and applied mathematics. Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in mathematics and applied mathematics can also find many opportunities either in China or overseas.
The objective of the undergraduate programs in mathematics and applied mathematics is to produce outstanding students with a solid foundation in mathematics, a broad knowledge base in related areas such scientific computing and other areas of science, and excellent ability of critical thinking and working independently. The department provides a wide verity of courses that will meet the needs of students interested in pure mathematics and applied mathematics. The ultimate training objective of the undergraduate programs is to enable students to excel in their future career choices, whether they choose to work in government or industries, or to become mathematical scientists.
In 2012 the Chinese Ministry of Education approved financial mathematics as a major in the field of economics. At present, more than 60 universities have been granted the right confer degrees in financial mathematics. Students enroll in schools or departments of mathematics and can obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
In China option trading began in 2015. With the rapid development of networks, the scale of high-frequency trading via networks and aided by computer programming will also increase. In order to prevent financial crisis and to maintain the stability of financial markets, talents of financial risk management who have solid abilities in financial modeling and quantitative analysis are in urgent need. As a result, there is an urgent need in financial markets for talents with excellent foundation of mathematics, superb computer programming skills and a good understanding of finance. It is of great significance to develop the financial mathematics major well in order to cultivate high-end financial talents for China’s financial industry.
The objective for undergraduates majoring in financial mathematics is to cultivate high-level, applied and interdisciplinary financial talents who possess good professional ethics, solid theoretical basis of financial mathematics, superior abilities in data processing and computer programming, high level of foreign languages as well as innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and are able to engage in financial data processing, model analysis, quantitative investment and risk management in all kinds of financial institutions, and to lay a theoretical foundation for them to pursue postgraduate studies.
The BSc program in Statistics provides students with a solid mathematics foundation and essential knowledge for data collection, data modelling and data analysis. It prepares students for graduate studies in statistics and related areas. Students with a BSc degree in statistics can also find job opportunities in government agencies and private industries.