Established as the second university in the country in 1969, University Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as the University of Penang, before the University's Act came into effect on 4th October 1971.The university has been developing and expanding since its inception, which started with the enrollment of 57 science based students. Now, USM offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 20,000 students.
USM has also become a well-known university locally and internationally. USM main campus is located within a tropical island of Penang, Malaysia with a land area of 591.72 acres (240.13 hectares). There are two USM branch campuses, one at Kubang Kerian in Kelantan (approximately 300km from the main campus) known as Health Campus and the other at Nibong Tebal (approximately 50km from the main campus), known as Engineering Campus. The former houses the School of Medical Sciences, School of Health Sciences and School of Dental Sciences, while the latter houses the six Engineering Schools. To date, the total enrollment is more than 30,000 students.
USM provides various services for its students such as hostel accommodation, counseling/motivational guidance, sport and recreational amenities like soccer fields, 8-lane synthetic running track, an Astroturf hockey stadium and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Cultural events/activities are organized at the Cultural Hall to foster closer ties among students. There are also various clubs and societies that cater to a wide array of interests. These include the Political Science Society, Computer Science Club, Indian Cultural Club, Navigator Society, Astronomy Club, Debating & Public Speaking Club, and Mass Communication Club to name a few.
The Counseling Unit at USM offers support services to help develop students' potential and capabilities. Besides contributing to the national research effort and advancement of knowledge in general, the University has also taken steps to identify and periodically assess areas of research which are deserving of special support in order to compete more effectively for external funds. In USM's bid to provide better incentives for the development of new products and processes by its staff, it has recently drawn up specific rules governing the patenting and commercialization of research results.
Housing - $300 to $500
Meals - $200 to $350
Personal Expenses - $400 to $500
Medical Insurance - $90 (one time only)
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