Department of Mathematical Sciences


Welcome to Mathematics @ Stellenbosch

Since 2006, Mathematics together with Applied Mathematics and Computer Science form the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

The Mathematics Division is now housed in the newly renovated Mathematical Sciences and Industrial Psychology building, and has 19 members of academic staff, as well as several graduate students on honours, masters and doctoral level.

The research activities of the Mathematics Division span a range of subject areas, including Combinatorics, Lattice Theory, Algebraic Number Theory, Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry, Algebra, Topology and Category Theory, Functional Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, Wavelets and Subdivision Analysis, Mathematical Finance, Mathematical Biology.

Several seminar groups are active with weekly meetings, as well as regular colloquium talks by visitors to the Department.

There is also strong interaction with the African Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in Muizenberg, which attracts international scientists, and creates the opportunity for joint activities.

Recent news

  • 16 Jan 2015
    The AIMS-Stellenbosch University Number Theory Conference takes place 19-23 January. The talks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will take place at AIMS, while those of Tuesday and Thursday will take place in Stellenbosch. We are fortunate to have a number of distinguished delegates from overseas, including Enrico Bombieri (Fields Medal 1974), Nick Katz and Peter Sarnak. The conference website, with a provisional programme, is here:  
  • 10 Oct 2014
    We invite everyone to the first "Red Hot Maths"on the Rooi Plein on Wednesday 15th October from 12:00 - 14:00. It is the brainchild of the Mathematics 144 Student Assistant team. The aim is to promote mathematics and raise funds for a charity of their choice. They have chosen Funda Fundisa. It is a university initiative whereby students go to underprivileged schools to give extra lessons. As part of “Red Hot Maths” participants pay R5 for a mathematics worksheet to complete on the Rooi Plein (don’t worry it won’t be marked!) and for a ticket for the raffle. Participants’ names and photos are recorded and will be captured in a collage we will mount in the Maths Division. The idea is to get as many people as possible thinking and talking about mathematics on the Rooi Plein.  
  • 23 Jan 2014
    Welcome to all first-year students! We wish each of you a happy and rewarding academic journey at Stellenbosch University!
  • 17 Jan 2014
    Three Stellenbosch University students in Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Science competed in the 20th International Maths Competition held in Bulgaria earlier this year. It was the first that SU students competed in this competition. Read more here.
  • 17 Jan 2014
    More than 70 high school learners from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Tunisia participated in the South African Maths Foundation's learner development camp from 4 to 8 December. Hosted by Stellenbosch University's Department of Mathematical Sciences, the aim of the camp was to prepare some of the brightest young minds in the country for the 55th International Mathematics Olympiad that will take place from 3 to 13 July 2014 in Cape Town. Read more here.