NGA-Coursework is an initiative funded by the South African National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (NGA(MaSS)). The aim of NGA-Coursework is to provide a centralized platform for pooling the resources of all South African universities in offering a more consistent and wider range of masters level coursework in mathematics and statistical sciences. Such pooled-resource models have proven to be successful internationally.

NGA-Coursework will be presented online and is geared toward MSc and PhD students who are registered at South African Universities. Staff and postdocs are also welcome to participate. NGA-Coursework is free of charge for all participants.

Quality assurance of all courses is the mandate of the NGA (MaSS). Participants wishing to negotiate credit recognition at their home university should discuss this with the steering committee and their home university administration ahead of time.

For more information see the FAQ.

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Call for course proposals for Semester 1, 2023.

Deadline: 30 September 2022

Lecturers who would like to present a course in Semester 1 of 2023 may submit a short course description on the Course Proposals page. Do contact the NGA-Coursework steering committee for more information. Please see the current/past course offering for examples of course descriptions. The NGA-coursework steering committee will offer assistance in compiling and collating funding applications with the NGA(MaSS).

Preliminary schedule for Semester 2, 2022**

26 July 2022 -- 9 Sept 2022: Category Theory (6 weeks falling within this period)

12 Sept 2022 – 4 Nov 2022: Sobolev spaces and PDEs (6 weeks falling within this period)

**Unconfirmed and subject to change.


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Course Schedule Semester 1, 2022

Functional Analysis Refresher Course

Wednesday 9 March, 10h00-12h00 (SAST)

Wednesday 16 March, 10h00-12h00 (SAST)

Venue: Discord (online).

Dr Marten Wortel (University of Pretoria)

Course Content

Banach spaces + Locally convex spaces*

Wednesdays: 10h00--12h00 (SAST)

23 March 2022 -- 8 May 2022 (6 weeks within this period)

Venue: Discord (online).

Dr Eder Kikianty (University of Pretoria)

Dr Miek Messerschmidt (University of Pretoria)

Course Content

Banach Algebras + Spectral Theory*

Wednesdays: 10h00--12h00 (SAST)

11 May 2022 -- 26 June 2022 (6 weeks within this period)

Venue: Discord (online).

Prof. Rudi Brits (University of Johannesburg)

Dr. Francois Schulz (University of Johannesburg)

Course Content

* Together these two courses constitute a standard semester course. Students who wish to receive formal credit toward a one semester course at their home university should participate in both of these courses.