Prof S.S. Chern 陈省身 (the “Gauss No. 2″ in Differential Geometry) retired from Berkeley University , he went back to his Chinese Alma mata Nankai University 南开大学 in Tianjing city. (Nankai produced the first prime minister Zhou Enlai 周恩来 and the recent Prime Minister Wen Jiabao 溫家宝).
Knowing the important role of Abstract Algebra in linking all branches of Math and all sciences, Prof Chern made “Abstract Algebra” compulsory with effect 2001 for all students of Maths, Science, Engineering, IT, Finance:
19 weeks of 3 hrs per week = 57 hrs.
Group, Ring, Field, Galois Theory.
Note: The French Classe Preparatoire for Grande Ecoles already implemented Abstract Algebra for more than 100 years.