Top 20 Malaysian Universities in QS World University Rankings Asia 2020

Malaysia’s Top Universities: QS World University Rankings Asia 2020

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UNIVERSITI Malaya (UM) continues to lead Malaysian universities in the latest guide to Asian university performance released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) today. Universiti Malaya is ranked 13th in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Asia 2020. This is its highest position to date. It was ranked 19th last year.

UM also received the distinction of having the highest score of any Asian institution for International Research Network which measures the diversity of a university’s global network. In total, 17 of Malaysia’s 29 ranked universities have improved their International Research Network score with four of the top ten scores achieved by Malaysian universities.

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Malaysia’s Top 20 Universities in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings Asia 2020

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UM vice-chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim said the country’s premier university was breaking its own record and moving upwards for the ninth consecutive year.

He said the university was also ranked top in the nation under six indicators including academic reputation, employer reputation, student to faculty ratio, citations per paper, international research network and inbound exchange students, placing UM within the top 3% of some 600 Asian universities ranked.

Taylor’s University vice-chancellor and president Prof Michael Driscoll said the institution rose 26 spots to 109th. While UCSI University is proud to have climbed 56 spots to rank 122nd this year. The university said it was on the right direction towards achieving academic excellence. Malaysia’s other four research universities also improved, with UPM ranked 33rd, USM 37th, UKM 39th and UTM 46th.

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

Malaysian Universities Performing Better in the QS World University Rankings: Asia

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All in all, 21 of Malaysia’s 29 top universities have risen in QS World University Rankings: Asia, demonstrating that Malaysian universities are becoming increasingly competitive, relative to regional peers.

QS highlights that Malaysia’s rise is primarily attributable to its improving performance in the two key reputational surveys used by QS to compile the rankings.

In the Academic Reputation (AR) indicator, 22 of Malaysia’s 29 ranked universities have improved their performance. The AR indicator utilises the insights of over 94,000 academics regarding university quality. It gives an indication of which universities hold the strongest reputation within the international academic community.

Meanwhile, in the Employer Reputation (ER) indicator, 18 of Malaysia’s 29 ranked universities have improved their rank. The ER indicator, which utilises the insights of over 44,000 employers regarding the quality of a university’s graduates, reflects the employability and employment prospects for a particular university’s applicants and graduates.

In its statement, QS said its dataset indicates that the increasing academic recognition being achieved by Malaysia’s universities is primarily due to the work that its universities have done to improve their global research collaborations.

Efforts made by Malaysian higher education stakeholders to attract international students are also bearing fruit giving impact to standing in the ranking. Eighteen of Malaysia’s ranked universities have improved their score for Inbound Exchange, which measures the size of an institution’s inbound exchange program.

Director of Research at QS, Ben Sowter, said the research metrics – which measure research impact and research productivity – indicate that Malaysia’s research ecosystem is not yet as developed or efficient as those of its regional competitors: China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

However, the overall scores achieved by the country’s universities provide compelling evidence that it is moving in the right direction, he pointed out.

“Though Malaysia’s universities cannot yet count themselves among the region’s research powerhouses, it is clear that their international outreach efforts are serving to raise the profile of their work.

For the third consecutive year, the National University of Singapore is named Asia’s best university. It is followed by Nanyang Technological University, which has risen from 3rd to 2nd; and the University of Hong Kong which has fallen from 2nd to 3rd.

The 11 indicators used to compile the QS Asia University Rankings are Academic reputation (30 per cent), Employer reputation (20per cent), Faculty/student ratio (10 per cent), International research network (10 per cent), citations per paper (10 per cent) and papers per faculty (5 per cent), staff with a PhD (5 per cent), proportion of international faculty (2.5 per cent) and proportion of international students (2.5 per cent), as well as proportion of inbound exchange students (2.5 per cent) and proportion of outbound exchange students (2.5 per cent)

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