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In line with the university's values of quality, equity, availability, accessibility. affordability, and appropriateness, USM has set its mission to be "a pioneering, trans-disciplinary research intensive university that empowers future talents and enables the bottom billions to transform their socio-economic well-being". such a remarkable mission is achieved through its 7 key APEX thrusts, which are Future-oriented, Unique, Sustainability, Humanity, Universality, Change, and Sacrifice. To that end, research at USM is driven by 3 main thrusts areas namely curiosity-driven, people-focused and industry-driven.

As the first university in Malaysia to adopt the "Blue Ocean Strategy", USM aspires to be a leader not only academically, but also in terms of contributing to the community by changing the lives of the bottom billions and enhancing their socio-economic well-being. The less fortunate should always be taken into consideration when transforming higher education in research and innovation. such a strategy indicates directions of R&I at USM in order to become a world class sustainabilituy0led research university.

USM continues to enhance its research edge and create new opportunities to help humanity, by establishing translational research centres working towards achieving scientific breakthroughs and creatiing new technology platforms in order to provide people-focused solutions. Only then can the university be considered relevant to the needs of the society and communities. In conducting research, USM has a different approach. It emphasises on creating an impact to the society by creating sustainable research products that are affordable and accessible to the poor and needy.


Environmental Engineering

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Landfill Technology
  • Composting;Environmental Impact Asssesment (EIA)
  • Air Quality and Water Quality Studies
  • Sludge Management
  • Noise Pollution control and Biological Treatment

Water Resources Engineering

  • Water Supply
  • Urban Storm Management
  • Hydrological Modeling
  • Urban Hydrology
  • Flood Forecasting
  • River Engineering
  • Sediment Transport
  • GIS Application in Water Resources
  • Land Use Hydrology
  • Modeling of Pump Station and Ecohydrology

Highway Engineering and Transportation Engineering

  • Pavement Engineering
  • Bituminous Material for Roads
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Road Safety
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Public Transport Studies
  • Highway Capacity Studies
  • Travel Behaviour Studies
  • GIS Application in Transportation

Structural Engineering

  • Concrete Technology
  • Concrete Repair Materials and Techniques
  • Wind Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Masonry Engineering
  • Timber Engineering
  • Tensioned Structures, Shell & Spatial Structures
  • Computational Mechanics and Advanced Structural Analysis

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Slope Stabilization (Soil/Rock)
  • Soil Improvement
  • Reinforced Soil
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Blasting Vibrations
  • Foundation Engineering Studies
  • Land Reclamation and Rehabilitation
  • Geotechnical Assessment
  • Piling Vibrations
  • Landslide risk Management
  • Application of Geosynthetics
  • Site Investigation

Geomatics Engineering and Management

  • Geo-Information Sciences (GIS)
  • Monitoring System
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Spatial Decision Support Systems
  • Digital Imaging
  • Engineering Survey
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Stress Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Engineering Entrepreneurship