As far as teaching is concerned, the department offers balanced training in mathematics and its applications in the broadest sense. We combine a very strong fundamental component with a genuine interest in applications, and this combination is explicit in our curriculum. The same philosophy underlies our research activities, where research into fundamental and "pure" mathematics goes hand in hand with applications in biology and life sciences at large, in physics, in business and finance, and even in legal issues. Academic life at the department is dynamic, with our faculty, our many PhD students, and postdocs, and our guests from all around the world.