The university has been developing and expanding since its inception, which started with the enrolment 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 was founded after an agreement made on a resolution approved by the Penang State Legislative Council in 1962, which suggested that a university college be established in the state. An area in Sungai Ara was identified and later the foundation stone was placed by the then Prime Minister, Y.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Hajj on the 7th of August 1967.
In 1969, the
In April 1969, Professor Hamzah Sendut was elected the Vice-Chancellor. Two months later, a group of 57 students was accepted to begin their studies. Since the area of Sungai Ara could not be developed as fast as required, the group was placed at the Malayan Teachers’
Since its beginning, USM has implemented a school system, as opposed to the traditional faculty system. What is unique about this system is that each school could fulfill the needs of a more focused degree in the chosen area of study and at the same time, students could have the opportunity to explore other areas of study offered by another school.
The interdisciplinary approach ensures that USM, the first in the country to adopt this system, would produce trained, multi-skilled graduates.
THE EMBLEM of USM
The Emblem is divided into four parts representing the Malaysian environment. The emblem consists of a few symbols that reflect its identity as a Malaysian university of international standard.
The crescent and the star with its fourteen points which decorate the top of the emblem symbolize the membership and the unity of the thirteen states of the federation with the federal government. It also represents the greatness and the identity of the Islamic religion, the official religion in
The two tigers, symbols of the Federation of Malaya, reflect its strength, whereas the golden leaves symbolize the prosperity of the Malaysian economy.
The shield between the tigers is the original instrument used by the native Malaysians and purple is the official color of the university.
The open book above the shield signifies knowledge, appropriate to the role of an academic institution.
The two criss-crossed keris supporting the book are traditional Malaysian weapons in the Malay culture. These are used as props for royal functions reflecting the significance of the royalties. At the bottom of the emblem, a hibiscus, the national flower, is placed.
The motto, Kami Memimpin or ‘We Lead’ supports the whole emblem, stating the role of the university in the academic field in matters such as teaching, research and public service.
USM brand in the shape of type logo is specially design has been launch by Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong who is
D.Y.M.M. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail
Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Lin See-Yan
Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Razali Ismail
Chairman of the Board
Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Ani bin Arope
Y. Bhg. Profesor Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
Y.Brs. Profesor Madya Omar Osman (Hal Ehwal & Pembangunan Pelajar)
Y.Brs. Profesor Ahmad Shukri Mustapa Kamal (Hal Ehwal Akademik & Antarabangsa)
Y.Brs. Profesor Asma Ismail (Penyelidikan & Inovasi)
Y.Brs. Profesor Lim Koon Ong (Jaringan Industri dan Masyarakat)
The University is administered by the executives under the Board of Directors whose members are chosen from the University, representatives from the government and the elected members from the Education Ministry. As an executive body, the Board of Directors is authorized to act according to the University Constitutions, Statutes, Acts and Rules and Regulations as stipulated
To lead and innovate in achieving excellence at the international level through:
- advancing and disseminating knowledge and truth;
- instilling qualities that stress academic excellence and professionalism;
- developing holistic individuals; and
- providing a strong commitment towards the society’s aspiration, the country’s vision, and universal aspirations