Duong Hoang Dung first Algant PhD student to receive a doctoral degree
Vietnamese mathematician Dung is the first to complete his dissertation within the Erasmus Mundus Algant PhD-programme, under the supervision of Prof.dr.Hendrik Lenstra. The defence of his thesis ‘Profinite groups with a rational probabilistic zeta function’ will take place on 14 May 2013 on 13h45 in the ‘Academiegebouw’ in Leiden.
The Algant Consortium consists of 8 universities on 4 continents that offer a joint doctorate programme in pure mathematics, with a strong emphasis on Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory. 'The Algant programme was a golden opportunity', says Duong Hoang Dung. ‘Doing a PhD in Vietnam is very difficult. I would not get a grant there and in addition to paying for the tuition fees, I would also have to work very hard to pay for my living costs while doing research. This means there would be much less time for the thesis. I want to use my new knowledge to help develop maths in Vietnam. In Vietnam it is almost impossible to visit international conferences abroad, or to have easy access to the latest publications in mathematics'.