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Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)



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# 309 QS World University Rankings 2014
8 Undergraduate programs
2 Postgraduate programs


Institution type Public
Year established Data not available
Campus setting Urban
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
foreign students 10%
Nationalities Data not available

About Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was established in 1969 as the second university in the country. It offers a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to 30,000 students:

  • 17 Academic schools on the main campus (island of Penang), mainly known as USM Penang
  • 6 schools at Engineering campus (Nibong Tebal)
  • 3 schools at Health campus (Kubang Kerian)

It offers excellent opportunities for research, innovation and education to both local and foreign undergraduates and postgraduates. USM university has 17 research centres for a wide range of specialisations. The university offers research and educational oppurtunities to students and its staff. 

USM Malaysia also has 10 service centres, 8 units (research/advisory/development.

It has made a limited number of places available to non-Malaysian citizens to undertake courses on a full-time basis. It is one of the biggest universities in terms of enrollment in Malaysia.



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Courses available 10

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USM provides male and female hostels to accommodate students in a safe and comfortable environment. There are single and shared rooms available. Some blocks in hostels are equipped with facilities for handicapped students.


  • Wifi
  • TV room
  • Pantry
  • Washing machine

Rent varies from as low as RM 70 per month per student to RM 390.


USM main campus is located in the tropical island of Penang (also known as USM Penang). Meanwhile, it has two other campuses: the Engineering campus and the Health campus.

The university also has 17 dedicated research centres for a wide range of specialisations which includes:

  • Archaeology, 
  • Medicine & Dentistry, 
  • Molecular Medicine, 
  • Science & Technology, 
  • Islamic Development & Management Studies,
  • Policy Research & International Studies.

In addition, they also provide services for its students such as:

  • Soccer fields
  • Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Astroturf hockey
  • Synthetic running track
  • Cultural evens

Getting to Penang is possible with different transportations:

  • By Air
  • By Road
  • By Ferry


Student population

Large (More than 10,000)

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