University Sains Malaysia

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

11800 Gelugor
11800 Penang, Malaysia

University Sains Malaysia


Universiti Sains Malaysia (literally meaning Science University of Malaysia, abbreviated as USM) is a public research university in Malaysia. Founded on 1 June 1969 as a statutory body with its own constitution, it is among the oldest institutes of higher learning in Northern Malaysia. It has three campuses: a main campus on the island of Penang, a health campus in Kelantan, and an engineering campus in Nibong Tebal. There is currently an overseas collaboration with KLE University, India offering the Doctor of Medicine (USM) undergraduate degree. USM plans to open a Global Campus (Kuala Lumpur Campus) in Kuala Lumpur Education City (KLCE).

With around 28,300 postgraduate and undergraduate students in 2009, USM is one of the largest universities in terms of enrollment in Malaysia. The number of lecturers is about 1,479, which leads to a student-lecturer ratio of around 19:1.

USM is the only Accelerated Programs for Excellence (APEX) government-funded autonomous university in Malaysia.

Sustainable Development 

USM has started to embrace education for sustainable development (ESD) and “University as a Living Lab” approach since 2000 through the concept of Kampus Sejahtera (Healthy Campus) and University in a Garden. Continuing its sustainability journey, in 2015, USM has embedded 17 Sustainable Development Goals within its ecosphere. USM aims at promoting sustainability among the community within and outside the campus through education and research activities.

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IAU SDG 12 Cluster and IAU President Join Virtual Conference hosted by Moi University

From the 12th to 14th of August, 2020, the Virtual International Conference on Phytochemistry, Textile & Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development, hosted by Moi University, Kenya, took place.

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