• 11 Dec'17 - Bridging Barriers: Improving Access to Mental Healthcare

    11 Dec'17 - Bridging Barriers: Improving Access to Mental Healthcare

  • 25 Nov'17 - Penang Monthly Book Prize 2017

    25 Nov'17 - Penang Monthly Book Prize 2017

  • 18 Nov'17 - Bersatu: Reshaping of Malay politics?

    18 Nov'17 - Bersatu: Reshaping of Malay politics?

  • 17 Nov'17 - The Rise of China and the Question of the Confucian World Order

    17 Nov'17 - The Rise of China and the Question of the Confucian World Order

  • 30 Oct'17 - Telling Stories: The Making of History, Society and Territory in Malaysia

    30 Oct'17 - Telling Stories: The Making of History, Society and Territory in Malaysia

  • 9 Oct'17 - Cosmopolitanism: Past, Present and Future - Only Hope for a Peaceful World

    9 Oct'17 - Cosmopolitanism: Past, Present and Future - Only Hope for a Peaceful World

economics
Economic Studies Programme
Our main thrust is in identifying new economic dynamics in Penang – be these a reflection of domestic, regional or global dynamics – and in analysing the significance of these for the future. We study key issues such as the middle-income trap, the skills gap and sustainable development...
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urban
Urban Studies Programme
We study how urban living and urban politics develop in general and in the special case of Penang. By participating in studies and research that are of interest to the various departments of the state apparatus, we contribute to policy discussion and provide intellectual inspiration for a more holistic development of Penang...
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Statistics
In 2017 48.8% of Malaysia’s total population is represented by women; in Penang, women make up 49.7% of its total population. However, women stood for only 38.6% of Malaysia’s total labour force, and in comparison, 41.6% of Penang’s total labour forc...
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Social Science & Statistics Programme
Relying heavily on quantitative data, we identify and analyse the qualitative consequences of the many changes visited on a society that is as diverse and open as Penang’s has been and is. Racial, gender, religious and demographic issues inform much of our studies, as do the income gap and the nature of social inequalities...
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politics
Political Studies Programme
The pragmatic adaptation of inherited institutions and concepts deines much of what is today’s governance and politics in Penang, and in Malaysia as a whole. We focus understanding in detail how the balancing between ethnicities and faiths and central power and local politics, has been evolving, and what it means for the future...
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heritage
History & Heritage Programme
We focus on new ways of understanding connections between the past and present, and in the process throw light on contemporary changes in Penang and in South-East Asia as a whole. The history and heritage of Penang provide a rich resource for understanding the region...
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Bringing Books to the Public

The first library in Malaya was built in Penang, but its beginnings were uncertain. The building on the right, formerly government offices on what is today's…
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Malaysia’s Mental Health Workforce Under Pressure

On April 2nd, remarking on the quality of Malaysia’s mental health services, Health Ministry deputy director general Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai noted that…
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