About usM


Universiti Sains Malaysia

Established as the second university in the country in 1969, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as Universiti Pulau Pinang. In 1971, USM moved from its temporary premises at the Malayan Teachers’ Training College, Bukit Gelugor to the present 416.6 hectare site at Minden, approximately 9.7 km from Georgetown.

USM offers courses ranging from Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences to Building Science and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education. These are available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 30,000 students at its 17 Academic Schools on the main campus in the island of Penang; 6 Schools at the Engineering Campus in Nibong Tebal (approximately 50km from the main campus); and 3 at the Health Campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan (approximately 300km from the main campus).


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APEX Accreditation

A sustainable world, humanity and the future of the humankind are among the issues focused on by Universiti Sains Malaysia. Based on these over-arching principles, USM has been chosen by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to implement the Accelerated Programme for Excellence (APEX) under its auspices. This was announced by the Minister, The Honourable Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin on 3rd September 2008.

Under the APEX proposal entitled, “Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow”, USM has outlined its efforts in advocating the process of a sustainable development in ascertaining a more lasting future.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) focuses its main thrust in the development of higher education are in the fields of Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Building Sciences & Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities and Education. USM is the only APEX University in Malaysia, a special status accorded by the Ministry of Higher Education. The APEX (Accelerated Programme for Excellence) agenda among others is to propel the university to be one of the best institutions of higher learning in the world.

Malaysian Quality Assurance (MQA) Accreditation

USM has been awarded a Self-Accreditation status by Malaysian Quality Agency (MQA) on 17th May 2010 and are made responsible to strictly self-enforce undergraduate programmes quality accreditation procedures internally under supervision of MQA according to the Malaysian Quality Framework (MQF).