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American Mathematician Dr. Jonathan Kenigson Designs Europe’s First Modular Ph.D. in Mathematics

Cambridge, UK - October 05, 2022 - Dr. Jonathan Kenigson of Athanasian Hall, Cambridge Limited has designed and implemented a 40-module doctoral program in Mathematics to be delivered by distance-learning. The program is entitled “Classical Pure Mathematics” and is to be completed by modular means in the English language for students desiring a diploma of Ukrainian mathematical studies. Each module follows a classical Soviet-style mathematical curriculum. According to Dr. Kenigson, “Graduate programs in mathematics rarely prepare career researchers adequately. Coursework is focused upon short exercises instead of modern research problems. The way mathematics is done today requires facility with recent advances in research methods that cross disciplinary lines.” Dr. Kenigson stands strongly in favor of a so-called “Quadrivium” style of graduate education in which mathematical problems are discovered from primary-source materials. The Ukrainian program will be available for implementation by any Tier-6 accredited program on the territory of the country, but it has been designed expressly for students residing in the Middle East and Asia. The relevant educational institutions will provide the terms of enrollment. Dr. Kenigson states that he “has no vested financial interest in the success of the program. It is an object of disinterested academic production to ensure adequate possibilities for mathematical education in the diaspora occasioned by recent geopolitical circumstances.”

Each module is assessed by a small original research contribution instead of an exam. This ensures that students can engage in mathematical research before proceeding to the dissertation phase. It also renders high-stakes intermediate exams like “Quals” or “Prelims” to be unnecessary. This saves the state money while not depriving students of a high-quality mathematical education. The dissertation is to be completed gradually. Unlike Western programs, students are required to have a good idea of the dissertation topic upon enrollment and students may not change major-fields or transfer universities during the duration of the doctoral program. The dissertation is designed to be completed gradually and students may begin writing and research beginning at the time of enrollment. According to Kenigson, “It is better that students are exposed to real mathematical research from day one rather than waiting for two years to pass preliminary exams on outdated material that has no bearing on current mathematical research.”

About Athanasian Hall, Cambridge Limited

Athanasian Hall, Cambridge, Limited is a UK think-tank devoted to the study of the Quadrivium (Arithmetic, Astronomy, Geometry, and Music) from a classical perspective. Athanasian Hall is independent of any university or other body and is a premier destination for pure research in the classical Quadrivium. 

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