The Centre for Development of Academic Excellence (CDAE), or Pusat Pembangunan Kecemerlangan Akademik, was formed by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on the 1st of January 2012. This centre aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning (T&L) among educators and students while planning and executing activities in accordance to the Malaysia Education Blueprint and National e-Learning Policy initiated by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

CDAE is led by the Director, Professor Abd Karim Alias and is currently located at the H24 Building, Lorong Cahaya. The centre is also mandated to implement the USM APEX Transformation Plan by developing and conducting activities focused on nurturing and learning. Through the establishment of the CDAE, USM has taken another step towards advancing the higher education environment within the university and attaining the ultimate aim of the MOE; to turn the country into a centre of excellence for higher education. CDAE is destined to become an important component in the advancement of T&L activities in USM.