Welcome to the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

The school is one of five Schools in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. It is located predominantly on the Pietermaritzburg, Westville and Howard College campuses. It has a staff complement of 73 academic, 10 support and 6 technical staff; houses approximately 900 undergraduate students; and boasts a postgraduate complement in excess of 210,

Registration 2021

In view of the current Covid-19 public health emergency, the University has put in place measures to ensure that the 2021 registration processes continue in a manner that mitigates the health and safety risks for our staff, students, and members of our local communities.

DSI-NRF Funds HIRAX Dark Energy Telescope

Following an intensive and rigorous review process involving international experts, the National Research Foundation (NRF) approved funding of R35 million for the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) to be built as a guest instrument on the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory’s (SARAO) site in the Karoo. The new equipment will bolster the country’s ability

UKZN Hosts First Virtual Parents’ Day

UKZN held its first virtual Parents’ Day to welcome first-year students and their parents to the 2021 academic year. In his welcome address, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Nana Poku, thanked parents and students for choosing to study at the ‘most transformed of the research intensive universities in the country with the mandate to develop the

UKZN Hosting Virtual Summer School on Intellectual Property and Transfer of Technology

UKZN’s InQubate will host the 2021 WIPO-South Africa Summer School on Intellectual Property and Transfer of Technology being held online from 17 May to 26 May. The event is being organised jointly by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy and the Department of Science and Innovation through the National Intellectual Property Management Office and the Companies

Msizi Chatbot Launched

Click here for isiZulu version UKZN has developed the Msizi Chatbot to enhance the student and visitor experience for 2021 online registrations. Launched at the beginning of February, the Chatbot is a computer programme designed to mimic human conversation and provide predetermined answers by interpreting words given to it in the chat interface. Named Msizi

Women in Analytics Event Promotes Data Science Careers to Female Learners

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS) hosted its second Women in Analytics event to expose young women to the field and contribute to better representation of women in data analytics careers. Dean and Head of the SMSCS, Professor Delia North welcomed more than 80 distinguished guests, speakers, teachers, and top performing Grade

UKZN Academics Among the First to Receive New Cybersecurity Professional Designation

Click here for isiZulu version Dr Brett van Niekerk, senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science and Mr Barend Pretorius, PhD candidate, are among the first 15 recipients of a new cybersecurity professional designation, known as the Information Security Management Professional (ISMP). This was introduced by the ISACA South Africa Chapter

Research into Wireless Communications Earns PhD

Helping further the 4th Industrial Revolution while gathering a myriad accolades along the way, Dr Dauda Olayinka Ayanda is a force to be reckoned with! This PhD graduate, who started his academic career in Nigeria, earned his honours and master’s degrees from the Obafemi Awolowo University in his home country in the field of Computer

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Philosophy of MSc Graduate

You are what you think – these are words cum laude Masters in Applied Mathematics graduate Christelle Bansilal lives by and they provide her with a reminder to always look on the bright side of everything and try to remain positive at all times. Bansilal, the daughter of UKZN Professor of Mathematics Education, Sarah Bansilal, is living