Division of Industry Network, Community & Institutional Sustainability


We Have Many Years of Experience in the Field

The social and egalitarian awakening at the beginning of the 20th century has resulted in universities gradually emphasizing commitment to the welfare and well-being of the society they are in. Universities are expected to cultivate closer and more meaningful relations with the world outside. Although human resource development is still a core mission, universities are also expected to always serve and protect the public good. As the university seeks mutually beneficial relationships with communities to address communities’ issues and needs, the approach to engagement must be effective with a high impact and must venture beyond an outreach or extension and service.

As an APEX university, one of the missions of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is to embrace engagement as a core value. Besides restructuring the university’s programs as well as their implementation to nurture engaged learning, USM has been playing a proactive role in bridging the gap between the rich and the poor, thus equalizing opportunities for the country’s ‘bottom millions’. This is done by mobilizing staff and students to use their talents, skills and expertise to help transform communities. In this, the Division of Industry and Community Network (DICN) at USM has taken the leading role in encouraging the various Schools and Centres to embark on community-oriented projects. DICN has also taken proactive approaches in networking and partnering with the industry and community with the aim of making a difference by being the agent that brings industries, government agencies and NGOs together to strengthen and empower communities.


01. Serve as a one-stop referral centre for the community to liaise with the university

02. Enhance awareness and understanding of the concept and practice of community engagement

03. In still a culture of volunteerism within the university and beyond

04. Propagate shared experiences of best practices in community engagement

05. Strategize, implement, monitor and review programs/projects/activities/flagships that focus on engagement with the community toward national development

06. Engage disadvantaged and marginalized communities to transform their future

07. Partner community in community-based research and projects

08. Actualise community engagement innovations and initiatives that drive socio-economic transformation

Division of Industry and Community Network
Level 1, Chancellory II, Building E42
Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang

Tel :+604 - 653 2902 / 6413  |  Fax :+604 - 653 2903 / 6406  |   Email: dvc_icn@usm.my