Biography

Dr Nor Haniza Sarmin (Prof Niza) is a Professor of Mathematics at the Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Bahru, Johor.

She received her BSc (Hons), Master and PhD in Mathematics from State University of New York (now known as Binghamton University), Binghamton, New York, USA. Her specialization of research is in Group Theory, Graph Theory, Formal Language Theory, Splicing Systems, and Their Applications.

She has written more than 500 research papers in national and international journals and proceedings, mainly in the area of group theory and splicing systems. She has also supervised and graduated 36 PhD students, 25 masters students and 83 undergraduate students under her supervision. This includes the Youngest PhD Holder in Malaysia Book of Record 2014, Dr Hazzirah Izzati Mat Hassim.

Prof Niza has secured more than 20 research grants as the Leader and more than 25 as a collaborator. She was holding the position of the Head of Postgraduate Department in Faculty of Science from 2007-2012, the Deputy Dean in the School of Graduate Studies UTM from 2012-2016, the Director (Global Education and Student Experience) in UTM International from April 2016 – 31 March 2018 and later the Associate Director (Student Services and Global Education Experience) from 1 April 2018 – 14 August 2019. Now she is holding the post of the Associate Director (Global Strategy and Engagement) starting from 15 August 2019 until 31 December 2021.

In the area of internationalization, Prof Niza has attended and presented talks/papers in many Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) seminars, conferences and exhibitions which include NAFSA, Eurie, APAIE, APSSA, SHARE, AIMS, QS-Apple, Going Global and AIEC.