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CPR is Malaysia oldest policy research centre, serving as the focus of the University's efforts in consultancy services, research and graduate supervision related to public policy and international studies. It was established in 2007 from the amalgamation of two existing research centres: the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), which was established in 1974, and the Centre for International Studies (CIS), which was established in 2004. With the amalgamation, in the context of globalization and Malaysia being a highly open economy, the public policy aspect will also now have an international dimension to it. With the amalgamation, nation building, which is the niche area of the Centre, will have both domestic and international perspectives.

The Centre's graduate studies programme prepares candidates for scholarly and leadership roles in government, universities, research organisations, and other settings where knowledge and research skills in public policy and international studies are needed. The programme is committed to accomplishing this mission by creating an intellectually vibrant atmosphere for scholarship involving an active faculty from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and extensive interaction with government agencies and community groups. CPR welcomes graduate students to pursue Masters and Ph. D. study programmes by research in the focus areas.

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Our Mission, Vision and Objective

Our Mission

"Pioneering a new direction in cross-disciplinary policy research, aimed at strengthening national and international governance for the advancement of global public welfare"

Our Vision

"Strenghening policy research for the betterment of the nation and the world's welfare"


  • Memberi bantuan kepada agensi Kerajaan, Badan Berkanun, NGO, korporat dan agensi pembangunan lain di semua peringkat dalam penggubalan dasar.

    Untuk menyediakan perundingan furture, kursus pendek dan perkhidmatan masyarakat melalui program pendidikan berterusan untuk menjana sumber kewangan ke Pusat.

    Untuk membina kepakaran dan modal insan melalui penyelidikan pascasiswazah Sarjana dan PhD.

CPR Background

Pusat Penyelidikan Dasar (CPR) adalah pusat penyelidikan sosial yang pertama di Malaysia dan ditubuhkan pada tahun

Pusat ini menjalankan penyelidikan kontrak yang ditaja oleh agensi-agensi kerajaan dan swasta bagi tujuan penyediaan input kepada pembangunan dasar diperingkat nasional.

Research Focus

Research Focus


Aktiviti Utama CPR

About USM

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    Background of Institution

    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. As a Research Intensive University recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) in 2007, USM offers educational and research opportunities to students and staff. In 2008, USM also became the first university in the country to be selected by the Malaysian government to participate in the Accelerated Programme for Excellence (APEX), a fast-track programme that helps tertiary institutions achieve world-class status. Program Outline USM offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that are conducted by the following Schools: Academic Facilities & Resources The facilities that USM provides for its students are delineated below: An impressive Museum filled with world-class displays & a state-of-the-art Art Gallery with fine art pieces. Lecture theatre and halls to facilitate classroom learning and teaching. Banks, bookshop, pharmacy, a post office and retail outlet to cater to the needs of students Anoutstanding research library of over one million items and an extensive network of electronic databases and internet access. Students’ residences that accommodate their stay on campus. Sport Centre that is equipped with indoor and outdoor facilities that caters to students’ sporting events and games. Warm and cozy cafeterias, as well as well-designed pavilions.

  • Mission & Vision

    Vision : "Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow"

    Mission : USM is a pioneering, transdisciplinary research intensive university that empowers future talents and enables the bottom billions to transform their socio-economic well-being.

    Value : Quality, Equality, Availability, Accessibility, Affordability, Appropriateness

    Thrust : Knowledge, The Future, Uniqueness, Sustainability, Humanity, Universality, Change, Sacrifice, Wellness

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