USM welcomes 4,615 new students

Shamsul Munir Safini

GEORGE TOWN: Some 24 national athletes registered themselves into Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for the 2018/2019 academic session here today.

Among them were swimmer Hollymax Bell, 20, who represented the country in the Asian School Games Under 18 and footballer, Muhammad Nukman Deresi, 19.

They were among 4,615 students who were offered places in all three USM campuses for full time undergraduate courses.

Hollymax was accepted for the degree course in USM’s School of Communications after he obtained a Cumulative Grade point average (CGPA) of 3.21 in his diploma while Nukman in the School of Housing, Building and Planning after he obtained a CGPA of 3.52 in his matriculation.

USM Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail said of the 4,615 students accepted, 3,221 students were in the main campus here, 768 students in the engineering campus and 626 students in the health campus.

She also said that the number of international students accepted increased by 100 per cent this year compared to last year.


USM Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail said the increase in international student intake was also in line with the university’s internationalisation agenda with USM as an apex university. Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

“This year, some 283 international students from 36 countries have been offered places to study here compared to 141 students from 24 countries last year.

“The highest number of students is from China at 83, Yaman (25), Indonesia (23) and Saudi Arabia (19),” she told newsmen here today.

The other international students hailed from Mesir, Maldives, Canada, Brunei, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Thailand, Nigeria, Tanzania, Jepun, Syria, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Asma said the increase in international student intake was also in line with the university’s internationalisation agenda with USM as an apex university.

Asma also said that USM paid attention to its university social responsibility (USR) agenda whereby the university retained the concept of Bottom Billion intake to provide an avenue to the less fortunate to continue their studies in the university.

“A total of 106 candidates fulfiled the academic and socioeconomy criteria to enable them to further their studies.

“In the current academic session USM also provided opportunity to 10 disabled students to realise their dream for a degree,” she added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd