Tuesday, October 2, 2012

USM - Health Campus in Kelantan





The main Universiti Sains Malaysia ( USM ) campus is located in Minden, Penang and was established in 1969. 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-Haj on the 7th of August 1967.

The Main campus has the name of a German city (Minden) because the campus was built on the territory of a the former British Minden Barracks, which themselves where named after the Battle of Minden.

In 1969, the University of Penang was established in responce to the need for a larger campus with a more conducive environment, appropriate to the needs of the future of the country. In April 1969, Professor Hamzah Sendut was elected the first Vice-Chancellor. Two months later, a group of 57 students was accepted to begin their studies. Since the area in Sungai Ara could not be developed as fast as required, the group was placed at the Malaysian Teachers' Training College at Bukit Gelugor on loan from the Education Ministry. In 1971, the campus, which was originally planned to be situated in Sungai Ara moved to its present site, Minden, an area measuring 500 acres.

Besides the main campus in Minden, USM has one at Kubang Kerian in Kelantan known as Health Campus and another at Seri Ampangan, Nibong Tebal, Penang known as Engineering Campus.


Main component in the Health Campus, Kubang Kerian Kelantan :-
1) USM Hospital (1983)
2) The School of Medical Science (1979)
3) The School of Dental Science (1998)
4) The School of Health Science (1999)
5) Institute for Research in molecular Medicine (2003)
6) Platform for Clinical Sciences Research (2003)
7) Biomedical & Health Sciences Research Platform (2004)
8) Centres of Responsibility (PTJs) at the Health Campus.

The School of Medical Science (PPSP) was moved from the main campus in June 1984. In the early development of the school, the pre-clinical years were carried out in the main campus (Minden) while the clinical years were conducted at the health campus (Kubang Kerian). The school was fully operational at Kubang Kerian, Kelantan by June 1990.

The School of Dental Science offers the degree of Dental Surgery (DDS) via its integrated problem-based teaching methodology. The first intake of 40 students was in May 1999 and they graduated in August 2004 upon completion of the five-year programme .



The inauguration of HUSM by The
Sultan of Kelantan on 26 August 1984


Timeline - Health Campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan

June 1983 - The handing over of Hospital Kubang Kerian to the USM administration.

August 1983 - Establishment of the Health Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.

June 1984 - The Accident and Emegency Unit began operations and provided 24 hour service.

July 1984 - The first batch of fourth year medical students continued their studies - began their clinical training in HUSM.

August 1984 - The inauguration of Hospital USM (HUSM) was done by His Royal Highness, Tuanku Ismail Petra Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Yahya Petra (The Sultan of Kelantan)





1986 - The first batch of medical students graduated

1988 - The beginning of Master of Medicine programs.

1989 - The first PhD student enrolled

June 1990 - The School of Medical Sciences was fully operational in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.


Photo of USM Health Campus Management in 1992


1992 - The first batch of Masters of Medicine graduated

1996 - Phase 2 of Medical School and HUSM complex completed

October 1998 - Establishment of The School of Dental Sciences (PPSG) was approved by the university Board of Directors. Assoc Prof Dr Ab. Rani Samsudin was appointed the first Dean.

May 1999 - The first intake of dental students.

November 1999 - The School of Health Sciences was established on 1st November 1999

2002 - The School of Dental Science officially opened by Minister of Education.

August 2004 - The first batch of Dental students graduated

HUSM celebrated it's 25th anniversary at the Dewan Utama, USM Health Campus on the 15th December 2008

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