I always thought Denmark was considered a kingdom of fairytales. The first thing I think of is Hamlet, Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid and Castles. It’s good, yeah. Famous. This last year at the University of Copenhagen has been one of the best in my life, both educational-wise and as a personal experience. My field of interest in mathematics is operator algebras, and the University of Copenhagen offers one of the strongest research groups in the world in this field. The Department of Mathematical Sciences in Copenhagen is a top place for research. We have strong groups in geometry, algebra, and in the traditional disciplines here in Denmark of non-commutative geometry and topology. For me, mathematics is all about logical thinking and creativity.
Sometimes I consider it more as an art than as an actual science. It’s almost like exploring new territory within our minds and imaginations. At our department here in Copenhagen we each have our own research interests and projects but also collaborate to a great extent. Most programmes are taught in English and are of the highest scientific standards. The educational process is very open, very social, very interactive, and the professors here are very accessible. We have working seminars and workshops to promote interaction, and it is important to us to include the students. Maybe it’s the Danish mentality or the Scandinavian mentality, but the social aspects contribute a lot to the way we acquire knowledge here. Copenhagen is a vert tranquil and safe place to live, but at the same time it’s very active, very cosmopolitan, and very exciting. There’s always a lot of stuff going on here in Copenhagen. I really like how you can find different styles and atmospheres and such different activities, and how everything is within biking range.
The University of Copenhagen has given me a very solid platform in my field of mathematics, and the city itself has given me a lot of gratifying life experiences.