Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was established in 1969 as the second university in the country. USM 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)
- 6 schools at Engineering campus (Nibong Tebal)
- 3 schools at Health campus (Kubang Kerian)
USM offers excellent opportunities for research, innovation, and education to both local and foreign undergraduates and postgraduates. The University has 17 research centers for a wide range of specializations. The university offers research and educational opportunities to students and its staff.
USM also has 10 service centers, 8 units (research/advisory/development.
USM 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.