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Top Universities in Malaysia According to QS World University Rankings 2021

Malaysia’s Top Universities: QS World University Rankings 2021

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QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, released the seventeenth edition of the QS World University Rankings – the world’s most-consulted, most-covered source of comparative information about university performance. 26 Asian universities place among the global top-100 – the highest number ever.

Taylor’s University made the most impressive leap even though it only ranked 379th. The Malaysian private university recorded the most impressive year-on-year growth, jumping 135 places to break into the world’s top 400 universities for the first time ever.

Universiti Malaya (UM) rose 11 places to 59th spot in this year’s QS World University Rankings, marking its best showing to date. Twelve other Malaysian higher learning institutions also improved their rankings this year while six remained stable and only two lost ground.

“UM improved its performance across four of the six metrics utilised by QS, including the noteworthy rise of 76 places in citations per faculty, the research impact indicator,” QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the compilers of the QS World University Rankings portfolio said in a statement accompanying the announcement today.

Three local public institutions that broke into the world’s top 150 QS universities list are: Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

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Malaysia’s Top 20 Universities in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021

Taylor’s University achieved an impressive jump from 135 spots to enter into the Top 400. Taylor’s University is now the number 1 private university in Malaysia. Meanwhile UCSI University improved its ranking from 442 in 2020 to 391.

List of Top 20 Malaysian Universities

  1. Universiti Malaya (UM)
  2. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  3. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  4. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  5. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  6. Taylor’s University
  7. UCSI University
  8. Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
  9. Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
  10. Management and Science University (MSU)
  11. International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  12. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  13. Sunway University
  14. Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten)
  15. Universiti Malaysia Pahang
  16. Multimedia University (MMU)
  17. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
  18. University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
  19. University Malaysia Perlis (UMP)
  20. University of Malaysia Sabah (UMS)

UNIVERSITI Malaya (UM) has been ranked 59th among the world’s top 1,000 universities in the latest edition of Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (QS-WUR).

Climbing up 11 places from last year’s placing, UM improved its performance across four of the six metrics utilised by QS, including the noteworthy rise of 76 places in citations per faculty, the research impact indicator.

Three local institutions made it into the world’s top 150, namely Universiti Putra Malaysia which rose up 27 places to be ranked 132nd, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia — up 19 places to clinch the 141st position and Universiti Sains Malaysia which climbed 23 places to 142. With Universiti Teknologi Malaysia rising 30 places to 187th, Malaysia now has five universities ranked among the world’s top 200.

Taylor’s University recorded the most impressive year on year growth, jumping up 135 places to the 379th position, breaking into the world’s top 400 universities for the first time ever.

All in all, QS-WUR 2021 saw Malaysia’s success story reaching unprecedented highs, with 12 of the 20 local institutions ranked rising, six remaining stable and only two losing ground.

QS Research Director Ben Sowter said when it comes to research intensity and impact, the best national performer is UM (241st) while the next best is Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (461st). He added that the ascendancy of Malaysian universities in its rankings is the result of concerted efforts and sustained investment.

Malaysia’s Education Ministry got 19.1 per cent of the government’s overall budget last year, separate from its research and development budget.

“The reputation of the local universities is growing steadily among the international academic community and global employers. The positive trend must be celebrated as it is an extraordinary result especially considering that the rankings are dynamic and very competitive,” said Sowter.

QS-WUR 2021 saw Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) named the world’s best university for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year. Second place went to Stanford University and third Harvard University.

The University of Oxford — United Kingdom’s top institution and also Europe’s — fell from fourth to fifth. Its compatriot competitor, the University of Cambridge, remains seventh.

26 Asian universities have been named among the global top-100 — the highest number ever. These 26 institutions are split between Mainland China and South Korea (six each), Hong Kong and Japan (five each), Singapore (two), and Malaysia and Taiwan (one each).

QS used six indicators to compile the ranking which measures academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio.

The QS World University Rankings rank the world’s top 1,000 universities. They are the world’s most-consulted and most-covered source of comparative information about university performance.

For the 2021 edition of the rankings, QS surveyed 102,662 academics and 51,649 employers whose insights and opinions informed the reputational indicators.

Top 20 Universities in the World

Globally, the top three universities all came from the US. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was named the world’s best university for the ninth consecutive year, followed by Stanford University and in third place, Harvard University.

Meanwhile, 26 Asian universities now place among the global top-100. These 26 institutions are split between mainland China and South Korea (six each), Hong Kong and Japan (five each), Singapore (two), and Malaysia and Taiwan (one each).

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology is named the world’s best university for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year;
  • The top three institutions remain American: MIT is followed by Stanford University (2nd) and Harvard University (3rd);
  • Britain’s top institution is the University of Oxford, which falls to fifth. Its compatriot competitor, the University of Cambridge, remains 7th;
  • 112 of America’s 153 ranked universities fall, with only 34 recording improvements. This is primarily due to collective relative decline in QS’s measures of academic standing and research impact;
  • Continental Europe’s best university is ETH Zurich (6th no-change);
  • Asia’s top university is the National University of Singapore (11th);
  • China’s Tsinghua University reaches a new all-time high (15th);
  • Latin America’s leader is the Universidad de Buenos Aires (66th, up 8 places). Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (100th) becomes the first Mexican university ever to achieve a top-100 place;
  • Universities in Russia and Malaysia continue to rise: Lomonosov Moscow State University (74th) and Universiti Malaya (59th) reach record highs.

Ben Sowter, QS Director of Research, said: “The American higher education hegemony continues to diminish in the face of increasing competitiveness across the world: a competitiveness driven by strategic funding, internationalization efforts, and strong links between education and industry.”

QS World University Rankings 2021: Global Top 20

QS World University Rankings 2021: Global Top 20

2021

2020

1

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

2

2

Stanford University

USA

3

3

Harvard University

USA

4

5

California Institute of Technology

USA

5

4

University of Oxford

UK

6

6

ETH Zurich

Switzerland

7

7

University of Cambridge

UK

8

9

Imperial College London

UK

9

10

University of Chicago

USA

10

8

University College London

UK

11

 11=

National University of Singapore

Singapore

12

13

Princeton University

USA

13

 11=

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Singapore

14

 18=

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Switzerland

15

16

Tsinghua University

China (Mainland)

16

15

University of Pennsylvania

USA

17

17

Yale University

USA

18

14

Cornell University

USA

19

 18=

Columbia University

USA

20

20

University of Edinburgh

UK

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