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About the campus

map airport to USMUSM's main campus sits astride ridges at the foot of the hills that dominate the island's centre, with the oldest buildings—which include parts of the School of Social Sciences—occupying the highest points. The campus has tended to expand in a downhill direction, westward. Views of the sea and Penang Bridge are possible, but limited. Visually, of particular note are its green spaces and many old trees with spreading crowns; tiny patches of woods remain. This is a residential campus that combines academic, research, and administrative buildings with student housing, sports facilities and playing fields, cafeterias and restaurants, a mosque, a post office, banks with ATM services, and various shopping outlets (including photocopying facilities). Beyond the gates, especially on the Minden Heights, Sungai Dua, and Bukit Gambier sides, the campus is surrounded by housing estates and shops (including markets, restaurants, and other eating places). It is easily reached from the airport and Sungai Nibong bus terminal. Click on the map for directions. 


Universiti Sains Malaysia


Source: USM School of Housing, Building and Planning

The conference will be held on the main campus of Universiti Sains Malaysia in Minden, Penang. From the university's website:

"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 specialisations 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."


School of Social Sciences


CHAGS meetings will be held on the premises of the School of Social Sciences, which was established in 1970 "with the main mission of knowledge advancement to understand and facilitate desirable social transformation to Malaysian society at that time. Today we remain committed to provide quality teaching, and to research and scholarship that will contribute to nation building." The School offers three undergraduate degrees, Bachelor of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Economics, and Bachelor of Social Work. Master's degrees are offered in Public Administration and Economic Management (by coursework), in Social Work (by mixed mode—i.e., combining coursework and research), and in Social Sciences (research-only). It also offers a research-only Ph.D. in Social Sciences. Currently the School has 53 academic staff and about 1500 undergraduate and postgraduate students.



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USM's commuter bus routes (for travel within campus)

Promotional videos of campus life from USM's International Mobility & Collaboration Centre (IMCC)



MP15 11058 Did you know... USM's main campus is the only central campus of a major Malaysian university located on an island