The research at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics is of high quality and has an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally. This is the verdict of an international evaluation commission that has examined the mathematics research at six Dutch universities, including the UvA.
The Korteweg-de Vries Institute has three research programmes: Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics and Analysis and Stochastics. The programmes were assessed according to four criteria: quality, productivity, relevance and vitality / viability. A scale of 1 to 5 was used (5 = excellent, 4 = very good, 3 = good, 2 = satisfactory and 1 = inadequate). The UvA research programs were, for the most part, considered very good. The programme Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics scored highest. It was assessed as excellent in three of the four criteria.
High quality and relevanceThe academic relevance and quality of the Korteweg-de Vries Institute is very high, according to the commission verdict, with an excellent reputation in the Netherlands and abroad. Grants from, among others, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) confirm this reputation. The institute focuses on basic research, but also clearly recognizes the importance of applied research. Its strong links with the Theoretical Physics department at the University of Amsterdam and development in the field of numerical mathematics are examples of this. In addition, the societal impact of research in mathematics at the University of Amsterdam can be seen, for example, in joint projects with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), cooperation with systems biologists from the UvA, and projects with financial institutions and banks.
The commission recommends the institute increase its commitment to the international visibility of the promotional programme. Another issue that the commission drew attention to was the under-representation of women within the institution.
High-quality Dutch researchThe evaluation commission looked at the mathematics research at six Dutch universities: Radboud University, the University of Groningen, Leiden University, Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. The overall verdict was that the mathematical research in the Netherlands was of high quality and internationally recognised. All assessments of research programmes were good, very good or excellent.