Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) becomes an Academic Affiliate

15 December 2015

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By Assoc Prof Dr S F Syed Fadzil, Chartered Fellow of CABE

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), in particular the School of Housing Building and Planning, is proud to be an academic affiliate member of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) as part of the CABE’s and USM’s internationalization program.

USM was established as the second university in Malaysia in 1969, located on the present 416.6 hectare site at Minden, approximately 9.7 km from Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.  It offers courses ranging from Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences to Building Science and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education. These are available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 30,000 students at its 17 Academic Schools on the main campus on the island of Penang.

The university’s vision is "Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow". Its mission is to make USM a pioneering, transdisciplinary research intensive university that empowers future talents and enables the bottom billions to transform their socio-economic well-being. One of the academic schools here at USM is the School of Housing Building and Planning (HBP).

The School of HBP was established in 1972, and it is one of the nation’s oldest built environment school. For over four decades, HBP is home to seven undergraduate programs: architecture, interior design, building surveying, building technology, construction management, urban and regional planning and quantity surveying.

I am delighted to be the academic affiliate member for USM and CABE. My intention is to initiate more cooperation and understanding between the two. For starters, HBP already has five of its academic staff accepted as either Chartered or Fellow members of CABE. And more than 20 students are now CABE Student members.

As an academic and one of their lecturers, I have promoted the CABE student membership to them as it will be an asset and an additional resource to their topical study and dissertation. My next strategy is to try and get our BSc and B.Arch programs accredited by CABE so that students will continue becoming members, be informed of the CABE’s activities like seminars and conferences throughout the world. We are delighted that our best student in their final year of all accredited courses, will be awarded a prize from CABE. 


This picture shows the delighted CABE student members posing with their CABE journals in our architecture studio at HBP. Seen in the photos are 3 of the studio masters who are Ar. Yeoh Oon Soon and Assoc Prof Ar Dr Ku Azhar Ku Hassan and myself Assoc Prof Ar Dr S F Syed Fadzil (FCABE)

Below I narrate some of the comments I receive from the students and what are their expectations of becoming CABE student members:

Tan, YK, “CABE is a good platform for those in the construction field as there are a lot of opportunities to share knowledge worldwide. I’m glad that I have been accepted as a student member. Thank you!”

Lim, AY, “I was delighted to receive a copy of the Building Engineer journal just a few days after my student membership was approved. As a student, there is much to learn, and I am truly appreciative of the initiative CABE has taken to offer support and spread knowledge of the built environment.”

Choo, SY, “Undoubtedly CABE is a significant body that provides a platform for students as well as professionals to promote design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings. I am so proud to be one of the members of CABE. Thank you! ” 

Ng, Nicolas, “Utterly grateful for the opportunities that CABE provides for the students to learn and share. Really inspired by CABE’s vision of ‘Developing Professionals, Sharing Knowledge, Raising Standards’”

Shenton, M C. “The biggest value of my membership in CABE is to be a part of an Association that provides us the venue to share knowledge, celebrate accomplishments, and collectively advocate for the advancement of the profession. I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to engage in this dynamic community.”


We'd like to thank Assoc Prof Ar Dr S F Syed Fadzil (FCABE) for putting this feature together for us. Do you have something you'd like to share with us?

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