Penang is a state in Malaysia, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. It comprises two parts : Penang Island and Butterworth situated on the mainland of Malaysia. Penang Island or Pulau Penang (in Malay) got her name from the abundance of betel nut palms scattered across her soft, sandy beaches. A literal translation of it s Malay name mean “Isle of the Betel Nut”. For hundreds of years Penang Island is a popular exotic destination, previously known as the Pearl of the Orient.

In the 18 century, Penang was used as a British port and was already a bustling economic centre. The state of Penang then comprised of an island originally named Prince of Wales Island, after George V. Penang has also successfully retained her old world charm. As recognition of her rich heritage,the capital of Penang, George Town, was listed as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.

One of Malaysia’s most reputable univeristiy, Universiti Science Malaysia (USM) is located in Penang with a host of other very private universities and colleges. Penang Island with its rich cultural background and its scenic environment makes it one of the nicest places to study. Below are links to some of the universities and colleges In Penang:

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