URGENCH, Nov 1. – Four students from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science had competed in the Al-Khorezmi International Mathematical Olympiad for University Students (AKHIMO) in Urgench, Uzbekistan from 26 to 31 October 2018.

The team, headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Hassan Mohamed Murid comprised four final year B.Sc. Mathematics (SSCE) students who were Nur Ilyana Kamis, Nur Syafiqah Jasla, Wan Nura’in Nabilah Noranuar and Siti Aisyah Syahirah Sharulizam.

The students were selected based on their excellent academic performance and their past experience competing at other international mathematical Olympiads.

UTM delegation arrived at Urgench International airport on 25 October 2018. Pix from left: Nur Syafiqah Jasla, Nur Ilyana Kamis, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Hassan Mohamed Murid, Siti Aisyah Syahirah Sharulizaman and Wan Nura’in Nabilah Noranuar.


The International Mathematical Olympiad is a World Championship Competition held annually in various countries around the world.

This time, it was hosted by Uzbekistan and was called Al-Khorezmi International Mathematical Olympiad.

AKHIMO 2018 was a jointly organized programme by the National University of Uzbekistan and Urgench State University (the host).

This one-day competition for undergraduate students focused on five branches of Mathematics: Algebra, Analysis, Number Theory, Geometry and Combinatorics.

In preparation for AKHIMO 2018, the students had undergone a series of training under the tutelage of  Prof. Dr. Tahir Ahmad,  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Hassan Mohamed Murid, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mukhiddin Muminov and  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor Muhainiah Mohd Ali.

AKHIMO 2018 was financially sponsored by the government of Uzbekistan while UTM team was supported by Uzbekistan State University of World Languages (USUWL).

The delegate arrived at Urgench International Airport on the 25th October 2017 along with four other Malaysian universities: Universiti Sains Islam Antarabangsa (USIM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (IIUM) and Nilai Universiti.


Dr. Ali Hassan (UTM) being interviewed by Xorazm TV upon arrival at Urgench International Airport. Standing next to Dr. Ali is Dr. Abdurahim Okhunov (IIUM)


UTM Mathematics Olympian had competed against 56 other universities including Uzbekistan, China, Russia and United Kingdom.