Established in 1969, University Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as the University of Penang. The university offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. USM main campus is located within a tropical island of Penang, Malaysia. There are two USM branch campuses, one at Kubang Kerian in Kelantan and the other at Nibong Tebal. The USM offers educational and research opportunities to both students and staff. In addition, USM also provides consultancy, testing, and advisory services to industry.
Omar Osman, is currently the Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia since 28 September 2011. Omar was also formerly the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Development) from Mac 2007 – 27 September 2011. He also served as the Director of Corporate and Sustainable Development Division, Universiti Sains Malaysia from 2005-2007, a division in the university entrusted with the coordination of USM’s strategic moves in the field of higher education including, the secretariat for the Regional Centre of Expertise Penang [RCE Penang] on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and coordinates the activities related to the healthy campus programme. He is also currently a Professor in Project Management and sustainability at the School of Housing Building and Planning, USM and teaches and supervises students in construction project management at the postgraduate level.
Omar has published a number of books, including on the construction management (in Malay), the emerging governance and economic issues in construction industry, the education for sustainable development in higher education institutions and also is planning another book on human resource development in USM.He has been invited to a number of conferences as keynote speaker and invited speaker in sustainability at international and national level.
He was also the Chairman of Malaysian University Sports Council (MASUM) [2008 – 2009], Chairman of ASEAN University Sports Council (AUSC) [2008 – 2010], Chairman on Holistic Student Development-Critical Agenda Project PSPTN of the Ministry of Higher Education, Chairman of the IMT-GT Student Carnival 2009-2011, Deputy Chairman of the Deputy Vice Chancellors’ Student Affairs Secretariat of the Malaysian Public Universities (2010-2011) and the Honorary President of ASEAN University Sports Council.