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Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

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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). USM also has 17 dedicated research centres for a wide range of specializations which include archaeology, medicine and dentistry, molecular medicine, science and technology, Islamic development and management studies, and policy research and international studies. It also provides consultancy, testing, and advisory services to the industry under the ambit of USAINS Holdings Sdn Bhd, the University’s commercial arm. Since the beginning, USM has adopted the School system rather than the traditional Faculty system to ensure that its students are multi-disciplined from their exposure to other areas of study by other Schools. It also encourages students to be active in extra-curricular activities given the myriad of clubs and societies available. As a Research Intensive University recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) in 2007, USM offers educational and research opportunities to students and staff. In 2008, USM also became the first university in the country to be selected by the Malaysian government to participate in the Accelerated Programme for Excellence (APEX), a fast-track programme that helps tertiary institutions achieve world-class status.

Country Malaysia
School name Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
City Pulau Pinang
Degree Bachelor, Maser, PhD
Applied Sciences
Applied Arts
Pure Arts
Pure Sciences
Arts & Humanities
Engineering & Technology
Social Sciences & Management
Natural Sciences
Life Sciences & Medicine
Coed/Woman Coeducation
Establishment Public
Language used in the class English, Malay
Religious background N/A
Year of foundation 1969
The number of students (Undergraduate) 20,298
The number of students (Graduate) 12,097
Test required for admission Document review, English proficiency
% applicants admitted N/A
The number of foreign students 32,775
ARWU Rank (2013 ranking) N/A
QS Rank (2013 rankings) 355
THE Rank (2013 rankings) N/A
Address Universiti Sains Malaysia,11800 USM Pulau Pinang Malaysia
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