About Us

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, formed in 1998, started off as a Department of Mathematics in 1959 and was one of the pioneering departments in the Faculty of Science, University of Malaya. It is also an institute of study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as the Faculty of Education, and services the Faculty of Engineering. The Institute is today one of the largest mathematical institutes in Malaysia.

Currently, our Institute has 42 academic staff comprising of 8 Professors, 6 Associate Professors, 25 Senior Lecturers, 1 Lecturer and 2 Senior Research Fellow. We have about 400 undergraduate students and 80 postgraduate students who are currently enrolled.
Our Institute offers four undergraduate and three postgraduate programmes. The undergraduate programmes are the Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Bachelor of Science (Industrial and Computational Mathematics), Bachelor of Science (Statistics) and Bachelor of Science (Actuarial and Financial Mathematics). The postgraduate programmes consist of the Master of Science in Statistics (by coursework), Master of Science (by research) and Doctor of Philosophy (by research).

As a research university, the academic staff are active in various mathematical research fields such as graph theory, algebra, complex analysis, operation research, partial differential equations, time series analysis, probabilistic distribution theory, bioinformatics and financial economics. A Center of Mathematical  and Statistical Modelling has also been established since 2008. Various research activities such as seminars, workshops and academic visits are carried out to enhance the research atmosphere between local and international collaborators.
Our Mission

In line with the University of Malaya’s mission to be a premier university, the Institute aims to

  • contribute to society by providing quality education and training in various areas of mathematics;
  • nurture talent in the mathematical sciences and to produce graduates with problem-solving abilities to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world;
  • strive for academic excellence via research and the dissemination of knowledge.
Head of Department

Name : Dr. Wan Ainun Binti Mior Othman

Designation : Associate Professor

Department : Institute of Mathematical  Sciences

Faculty : Faculty of Science

Tel. No : (Office)(03) 7967 4207

Fax No : +603-7967 4143

E-mail Address : wanainun@um.edu.my

ResearcherID Link : http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-1013-2010

Address (Office) : Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

The Institute is housed in a building of its own, close to the main University Library. A cafe, a bus-stop and three bank branches are located nearby. There are three well-equipped computer labs in the Institute with internet facilities. The Institute’s building also houses three lecture halls and four tutorial rooms. A staff recreation room, a student reading room and office space reserved for visitors, postgraduate students and the Mathematics Students Club are also available.

Computer Software in ISM
Contact Us

If you have further enquiries on the Institute, please contact the following persons:

• General enquiries: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Ainun Mior Othman
• Postgraduate enquiries: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chooi Wai Leong
• Undergraduate enquiries: Assoc. Prof. Abdul Hadi Yaakub 


Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603-79674207
Fax : +603-79674143


Recent Events


  • Workshop on Matrix Theory and Graph Theory ( 24 January 2017) (Click here for Brochure and Click here for details)
  • University of Malaya Competition for Young Mathematicians (UMCYM) (13 August 2016)
  • The 3rd International Statistical Conference (ISM-III) 2016 ( 9 - 11 August 2016)
  • Modelling I: Biomedical Applications and Matter Interactions (BAMI2016) (26-27 January 2016)  (Click here for picture gallery and here for details)
  • Workshop on Introduction to Theoretical and Mathematical Physics I (21-23 December 2015) (Click here for details)
  • One Day Workshop on Environmental Statistics and Statistical Consulting (26 August 2015) (Click here for details)
  • Workshop on Computational Mechanics 1 (24-25 August 2015) (Click here for details)
  • Mini-workshop on Unit Graphs and their Importance (1 July 2015) (Click here for details)
  • Simposium Kebangsaan Sains Matematik ke 22 (24-26 November 2014)
  • One Day Seminar in Mathematics 2012
  • One Day Seminar in Mathematics 2011
  • One Day Seminar in Mathematics 2010
  • Seminar Sains Matematik 2009
  • Seminal Series in Mathematics: Computational Mathematics and Statistics 2008
  • CMS2008 Photo
  • One-Day Seminar in Mathematics UM 2008
  • The 9th Islamic Countries Conference on Statistical Sciences (12-14 Dec 2007)
  • One Day Seminar in Mathematics (3 April 2007) 
  • Simposium Kebangsaan Sains Matematik ke-14 (6-8 Jun 2006)
  • International Statistics Conference (27-31 December 2005)