Health & Wellbeing
EMBEDDING SUSTAINABILITY IN HEALTH & WELLBEING
WE ARE DEDICATED TO EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS TO LEAD HEALTHIER LIVES BY PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION, FOSTERING CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH, AND PROMOTING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN HEALTH AND WELLBEING.
The world is facing a global health crisis, which includes a wide spectrum of diseases, emerging health issues and health emergencies, as well as poor access to quality essential health services and affordable medicines and vaccines for all. More efforts are needed to address and promote good health and well-being for all (SDG3); reduce death or illnesses from communicable and ‘life-style’ diseases and substance use disorders, emerging diseases, and health effects of environmental pollution and improve rural medical facilities.
Collaboration and Health Services
Collaborations with Health Institutions
Universiti Sains Malaysia has ongoing collaborative partners from local healthcare authorities such as Ministry of Health and universities teaching hospitals or medical centres. USM also embarked on collaborative activities with international partners, aiming at the betterment of health facilities and care. Read More..
a. Local and National Collaborations
MYSTROKE is a collaborative project involving Universiti Sains Malaysia, the Ministry of Health and other institutions, which aims to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a culturally tailored intervention to improve caregivers' skills in managing the physical and psychological needs of stroke patients and their own needs. Read More..
USM has started collaboration with the WHO in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, and the European Union (EU), aiming at improving diagnostic laboratory capacity in COVID-19 management since 2021. Read More..
Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, through its Obstetrics & Gynaecology Clinic, provides free sexual and reproductive care services to students and staff.
Mental Health Support
Universiti Sains Malaysia through its Psychiatry Department in the School of Medical Sciences actively promotes good mental health among students and staff. Universiti Sains Malaysia through Mentari@USM provides free access to mental health services to students and staff.
Health Outreach Programmes
Universiti Sains Malaysia has been known for its commitment in delivering various outreach programmes, involving many layers of population.
a. Local Communities
USM Health Campus collaborates with a local radio station, Kelantan FM, to promote good health and well-being to the local community and to discuss common health issues. USM medical doctors and other health professionals are regularly involved in an interactive radio talk show called “Doktor diRadio – Rancangan Sembang Sihat” (Doctors on Radio – Health Chat Programme) since March 2017. Read More..
b. Disadvantaged People
As part of its outreach activities, Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia through its Paediatric Department and PEKA has actively delivered various aids (including financial) for children of very poor (B40 category) community members. Read More..
Shared Sports Facilities
All campuses in USM are equipped with sports and recreational facilities map for the use of USM students and staff as well as the local community. Services are provided either free or charged based on the types of facilities. Staff and students have free access to the gymnasium. Other facilities that are provided free of charge to USM students are stated as “Tidak berkaitan” (Not applicable) on the USM Sports Centre website.
USM Sustainability Council has endorsed the Tobacco Free Policy in 2022. Updates to this policy include vaping, the prohibition of sponsoring gifts related to it, and others.
Access to Food Resources on Campus
At Universiti Sains Malaysia, the quality, affordability, and availability are the main pillars when it comes to the food sources for the university community. The cleanliness and hygienic practices from the food preparation to serving on the counter are compulsory for all cafeterias on campus—following ‘Halal’ food and goods preparation guidelines. In addition, the university is also committed to providing healthy and sustainable food options on campus. Therefore, food options for vegetarians and vegans are always available at various cafeterias on campus, ready to be enjoyed not only by the university community but also to anyone spending time on campus.
Sustainable Food Dining
In addition, all cafeterias are using ingredients from local sources and USM also strive to ensure all cafeterias operation is environmentally sustainable. USM encourages all staff and students to use reusable food containers, drinking cups, and cutlery over single-use disposable items.
Where To Eat
USM has a variety of places to eat all over campus. The following are the locations of food and drink outlets on each campus, and you can access the details for all cafeterias and their respective locations by clicking on the links provided:
Menu options on campus
Universiti Sains Malaysia provides over than 20 menu options (food and beverages) on various cafeterias on campus includes vegetarian and vegan options. All vegetarian and vegan options are indicated on the menu of each cafeteria available for student and staff to browse before visiting the cafeteria.
Among the favorite choices are Nasi Impit with Kuah Kacang, Goreng Pisang, Ubi Keledek, Nasi Putih (white rice) paired with varieties of dishes, such as Terung Sambal, Gulai Nangka, Gulai Pisang, and Masak Lemak Rebung that certainly will create a symphony of flavors that dance upon the taste buds.
- Nasi Impit with Kuah Kacang
A Malaysian vegetarian harmony. The dynamic dua of Nasi Impit, delicate rice cakes and Kuah Kacang, a velvety peanut sauce. A pair that gracefully balances simplicity and depth, weaving together nutty, creamy, and subtly spiced flavors, uniting the uniqueness of Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences in a tapestry of vegetarian delight.
- Pisang Goreng
Ripe banana slices delicately coated in a crisp, golden-brown batter. Deep-fried to perfection. A Malaysian classic that offers a sweet and satisfying experience, caramelized exterior, and creamy, naturally sweet banana within, beloved by vegans and vegetarians for its delightful taste.
- Terung Sambal
The dish that is showcasing the magic of eggplants. Smoky eggplant slices smothered in a rich, spicy sambal sauce, brimming with aromatic spices. An enticing, meatless masterpiece that captures the essence of Southeast Asian Cuisine.
- Gulai Nangka
A Malaysian culinary gem that transforms young and tender jackfruit into a vegan sensation. Simmered luxuriously in a fragrant coconut-based curry, dances with Malaysian spices. It’s a flavorful adventure, blending the rich heritage of Malaysia into a rich, creamy dish.
- Masak Lemak Rebung
This dish is for adventurous food lovers. A must-try Malaysian marvel that features bamboo shoots in a captivating blend of creamy coconut and aromatic spices. Its unique flavors strike a harmonious balance between richness and subtlety, making it an interesting and rewarding exploration for the palate.
A symphony of edible greens. These vibrant herbs and leaves comprised of some of the local favorites, such as sliced cucumber, cashew shoots (pucuk gajus), pennywort leaves (daun pegaga), king’s salad (ulam raja), water pennywort (daun selom), and winged bean salad (kacang botol). Eating ulam-ulaman with rice is a traditional and healthy component of Malaysian meals. For an extra kick, add Sambal Belacan (optional, contains fermented shrimp paster) to elevate the flavors with its spicy, pungent punch.
- Saudagar Buah (a fruit café that supports local fruit growers)
Located at ‘Bakti Permai’ hostel (M10, M13, and M17). This ‘Saudagar Buah’ cafe is a vegan haven, sourcing exclusively from local Malaysian growers, offering fresh, sustainable, and colorful array of local fruits, all nurtured by the Malaysian soil, showcasing the nation’s rich agricultural diversity.
Fight for Zero Hunger @ USM
USM prioritizes supporting financially challenged students, aiming for admission and success targets within the bottom 20% income group. Efforts extend globally, aiding students from economically from low or lower-middle-income countries through free education and grants, alleviating financial barriers to education.
In USM, the built environment emphasizes eco-friendly construction, energy-efficient facilities, and green spaces, fostering a sustainable and conducive campus atmosphere.
USM prioritizes responsible water use and conservation. We employ water-saving technologies and promote conservation practices, engaging the campus community through education and awareness campaigns.
USM emphasizes waste minimization and recycling. Our efforts include recycling facilities, awareness campaigns, and collaborations for proper waste management.
USM prioritizes energy sustainability through efficiency and renewable sources. As part of our effort to reduce carbon emissions, we adopt energy-saving tech, lighting, and solar panels.
USM is dedicated to climate change mitigation and adaptation. We integrate climate topics into our curriculum, conduct research, and organize awareness campaigns, seminars, and workshops.
USM prioritizes sustainability through health and well-being initiatives by promoting physical and mental health, offering recreational facilities, and fostering a holistic and sustainable campus community.
USM emphasizes biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management in conducting research, collaborating with stakeholders, integrating biodiversity education, and practicing sustainable land use.