Biography

Prof Dr Nor Haniza Sarmin (Prof Niza) is a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Bahru, Johor. She joined UTM as a lecturer in May 1991.

She received her BSc (Hons) in 1989, MA in 1990 and PhD (1994-1998) in Mathematics from Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, USA. Her specialization of research is in Group 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 33 PhD students under her supervision. This includes the Youngest PhD Holder in Malaysia Book of Record 2014, Dr Hazzirah 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 March 2021.

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