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ICTP Diploma Programme
Oleh : ICTP
Rabu, 2 Januari 2002 (08:40 WIB) dari IP 220.127.116.11
In the scientific community it is generally well-known that in many Universities in the Third World countries there are little, if any, adequate post-graduate (i.e. Masters/Ph.D level) programmes. Additionally, the level of undergraduate studies in these nations is sometimes not competitive compared to those in the more advanced countries. Thus many young, talented students are unable to continue their higher studies and to have the advanced training needed for up-to-date secondary school teaching and/or to carry out competitive research.
It was in consideration of this that the late Professor Abdus Salam, Nobel Laureate and Director of the ICTP until January 1994, instituted an intense 12-month programme in the main research fields of the ICTP, with the aim of filling this gap. Since 1991 the International Centre for Theoretical Physics has offered a one-year Diploma Programme in Condensed Matter Physics and in High Energy Physics; Mathematics was added as a course of study from 1992.
The Diploma Programme differs from other schools/colleges and training-cum-research activities that take place at the ICTP. Participation is limited, and only 10 scholarships are offered annually in each field, to allow close interaction between faculty and students.
The academic programme itself is quite intense and perhaps more similar to those generally offered by a standard University. It consists of three terms: the first is dedicated to lecture courses in the more fundamental topics of the main field of study; the second comprises lecture series which deal with selected advanced topics in the field; and during the third, Diploma students carry out research on a specific topic of interest to them under the guidance of a member of the ICTP Diploma Programme faculty.
During the first 8-9 months of the programme, students attend on the average around 10 hours of lectures per week, and do obligatory homework assignments, as a means of integrating practical work with the lectures given. Final examinations are administered for each course; thus by the end of the second term students are required to successfully pass by examination 8-10 lecture courses. During second term they also begin reading and background preparation for their dissertations, but dedicate themselves solely to this only during the last 2-3 months of the programme. In the final month, written dissertations must be submitted and oral defences carried out.
The ICTP Diploma is awarded only to those students who have successfully completed the examinations and dissertation work, and complied with other formalities as may be decided upon by the Scientific Committee of the Diploma Programme.
RE:ICTP Diploma Programme
Oleh : ICTP
Rabu, 2 Januari 2002 (08:42 WIB) dari IP 18.104.22.168
ICTP Diploma Programme
Academic Year 2002-2003
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) announces the twelfth ICTP Diploma Programme, a one-year advanced training programme in the fields of Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics and Mathematics. The courses will be held in Trieste, Italy, during the period 1 September 2002 - 31 August 2003 and will lead to the ICTP Diploma (DICTP).
I. Purpose and Programme
The Diploma Programme is designed to provide young promising graduates in physics or in mathematics (mainly from developing countries) with post-graduate training suitable for pursuing teaching and research work in the above fields.
II. The Courses
The Diploma Programme will consist of several basic and advanced courses in Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics and Mathematics to be given by experts in these fields. In addition to some selected advanced topics in each of the three fields, the main topics will include:
* Condensed Matter Physics
* Solid State Physics
* Statistical Mechanics
* Many Body Theory
* High Energy Physics
* Quantum Field Theory
* General Relativity
* Group Theory
* Particle Physics
* The Standard Model
* Algebraic Geometry
* Differential Geometry
There will be an examination at the end of each course. After all courses are completed, participants will be required to work on a dissertation, to be submitted and defended during the last month of the programme. The participants may also be required to take part in the ongoing activities of the ICTP in their related fields.
The ICTP Diploma will be awarded only to those candidates who successfully complete all examinations, dissertation, and other requirements as may be decided upon by the Scientific Committee of the DICTP.
Successful ICTP Diploma participants may have the opportunity to take the entrance examination for the Ph.D. programme of the International School of Advanced Studies, which is located near the Centre in Trieste.
III. Qualifications and Scholarships
(1) The minimum qualification for applicants is a degree equivalent to an M.Sc. (or an exceptionally good B.Sc.) in Physics or Mathematics. The selection of candidates will be based on their university performance and on academic recommendations.
(2) The applicant is expected to have adequate knowledge of the following topics in the specific field for which he/she is applying:
* (a) For Condensed Matter Physics:
* Solid state physics;
* Quantum mechanics;
* Statistical mechanics;
* Classical mechanics;
* Mathematical physics.
* (b) For High Energy Physics:
* Classical mechanics;
* Special theory of relativity;
* Relativistic quantum mechanics;
* Statistical mechanics.
* (c) For Mathematics:
* Abstract algebra;
* Elements of real and complex analysis;
(3) The Diploma programme is open to young (generally below 28 years of age) qualified graduates from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or I.A.E.A.
(4) A limited number of scholarships (around 10 per field) will be awarded to successful candidates from developing countries for living expenses during their stay at the ICTP. Depending on the availability of funds, the ICTP may also offer candidates a full or partial travel grant. However, all applicants are advised to seek living and/or travel grants from other national or international sources.
(5) A limited number of qualified candidates will be welcome to attend the courses at their own cost. They must, however, supply written evidence that funds available for their stay are at least equal to those offered by the Centre (i.e. an amount equivalent to 1,350,000 Italian Lire per month for the entire 12-month period must be available). This evidence may consist of a statement from the Institution supporting the candidate, or from a qualified banking institution. There are no course fees for the Diploma Programme.
The applicant should submit:
(1) The application form (ps, pdf) completed in dark legible print, whether handwritten or typed. All sections of the form MUST be completed.
(2) A transcript of academic records and a copy of the highest university degree, with authorized English translations of the same.
(3) Any certificates or documents, if available, which give proof of the student|APO|s ability to follow advanced level courses, study and write scientific literature in the English language. In any case, selected applicants will be required to submit such documentation before July 2002.
Two letters of recommendation, from senior scientists familiar with the applicant|APO|s studies and work are also required. The letters of recommendation should be sent separately in sealed envelopes directly to the Abdus Salam ICTP by the scientists recommending the applicant. Standard forms to be used for this purpose are included with the application form available through the web.
All applications and recommendation letters should be addressed to:
ICTP Diploma Programme
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Strada Costiera 11,
34014 TRIESTE (Italy)
e mail: (email@example.com)
and should reach the Centre before 31 December 2001.