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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the oldest and largest Department in the University of Jaffna, welcomes you. Together with other departments in the Faculty of Science we conduct General Degree courses in Physical Science and Honours Degree courses in Mathematics and Statistics.

Throughout the world, past students of the Department are holding responsible positions in teaching/ research/administration. Mathematics Teachers in almost all the High School in the North and East of Sri Lanka are also the product of the Department.
Our Department shares the mission and vision of the University of Jaffna. As part of the Faculty of Science we aim to produce Physical Science Graduates who are conscious of their importance in building up a cohesive and socially harmonious nation by taking a scientific approach to problem solving, in research and in planning development goals, by providing quality education in Science and its applications coupled with training in personal skills. In addition to this the Department of Mathematics and Statistics seeks to give students an understanding of the nature of Mathematics and an appreciation of its wide range of applications, especially in support of the other Physical Sciences. The Department aims to provide a broad range of course which are both relevant to the modern workplace and, in the case of Honours Degree courses, provide a solid foundation for further study in Mathematics and/or Statistics.

Students: check out the teaching page for details of course units and course options. Honours Degree students have access to the Department Library, where they can study and refer to Mathematics and Statistics books not available in the University Library but relevant to their 3M and 4M units.
Faculty students are encouraged to join MathsSoc , the official Mathematical Society of the University of Jaffna . To find out about the society, click here.

About the Department

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics was established in 1974 and is the founding Department of the University of Jaffna. It was also the first Department in Sri Lanka to offer a Statistics Honours Degree. The University is the main centre of Higher Education in Northern Sri Lanka, dedicated to promoting Education and Culture in the Tamil speaking Community. The current population of undergraduate students is about 5900, and that of postgraduate students is about 400. The University receives the services of nearly 650 academic staff and 500 non-academic staff. To find out more about the University of Jaffna, visit the University home-page.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is the largest department in both the Faculty of Science and the University of Jaffna and conducts academic programme in three subjects: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Approximately 470 students are registered with the Faculty of Science, of which around 330 undertake some studies in at least one of the three subjects offered by the Department (many study two or three). Of these approximately 15 students in each year are selected (at the end of level 2) to study for an Honours Degree programme in Mathematics or Statistics.

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The main activity of the Department is teaching, providing three of the six subjects in Physical Sciences: for details please see the main teaching page. This includes links for each unit taught by the department giving the course objectives and syllabus. Recently Department underwent a Quality Assurance subject review, conducted by the experts arranged by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council, Sri Lanka. With respect to the aspects reviewed the Department was judged "good" in Curriculum Design, Content and Review; Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods; Quality of Students including Student Progress and Achievements; Extend and Use of Student feedback (Qualitative and Quantitative), Peer Observation; and Skills Development.

Click here Quality Assurance for full review report.


new!The Physical Sciences Degree Programme of the Faculty of Science was recently awarded a IRQUE-QEF grant to fund improvements during 2006-2009.

Teaching by senior staff is complemented by contract appointments, which provide lecturers and instructors who are responsible for tutorials and assignment marking. All Level 3M/4M special degree units are taught by permanent staff, who are also responsible for all examinations. Details of all staff can be found on the staff page.
If you think you might be interested in working for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Jaffna, please contact us. Teaching within the Faculty is in the English medium, and we are always willing to consider suitably qualified academics from Sri Lanka or overseas. Informal enquiries welcome.

The shortage of qualified staff in the Department means that at present little time is available for research: details of current projects and staff publications can be found here.

Department Library

The Department has recently established a departmental library, for use by staff and honours degree students. This was made possible through donation from and/or the assistance of the following organisations:

The Edinburgh Mathematics Society Departmental Library
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Heriot-Watt University
University of Leeds
Massey University
University of Nottingham
University of Southampton
Springer Mathematics
John & Nazza VSO Tsunami Relief Fund
New Zealand Tamil Society
Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)

The Department wishes to express its thanks to the staff and members of these organisations for their generosity.

Improving the Relevance and Quality of Undergraduate Education
Quality Enhancement Fund

Lecture Hall 3M: to be converted into computer lab under IRQUE project

In November 2005 the Faculty of Science was awarded a significant Quality Enhancement Fund (QEF) grant as part of the World Bank funded Improving the Relevance and Quality of Undergraduate Education (IRQUE) scheme in Sri Lanka.

Under this grant, International Consultancy for curriculum revision was obtained from Dr. David Schely, Mathematical Biology Group, Division of Epidemiology, Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright Laboratory , U.K. for Mathematics and Dr. Hasan Al-Madfai, Senior Lecturer in Statistics, University of Glamorgan for Statistics. Moreover a Computer Laboratory consisting 29 computers was created and 1M and 2M lecture halls were renovated and updated as multimedia theatres. Excellent teaching materials were also procured under this grant.



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