Top 20 Universities in Malaysia Rankings by QS World University Rankings 2022

Best Public (IPTA) & Private (IPTS) Universities in Malaysia According to QS University Rankings 2022

  • Ranking of Malaysia’s Public (IPTA) & Private (IPTS) Universities for 2022 According to QS World University Rankings
  • Ranking of Malaysia’s Universities in the World & Asia

QS World University Rankings 2022 – Malaysia

Malaysia’s oldest university, University Malaya (UM), slides to the 65th spot in the global rankings. Despite falling 6 places, UM steadily held firm to its status as one of the top 100 universities in the world, making this its second-best performance in the history of the rankings.

While the QS ranking saw 12 Malaysian institutions decline from their rankings, 5 institutions delivered stellar performance by climbing up the ladder. In addition, Taylor’s University rose higher by leaping 47 spots forward, securing its spot as the top private university in Malaysia for the second time in a row.

Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Asia 2022

Malaysia’s oldest and most successful university, Universiti Malaya (UM), reached its highest position ever in the latest annual ranking of universities in Asia by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

In the 14th edition of the QS World University Rankings: Asia 2022 just released — which features 687 universities in 18 locations across Asia — UM now occupies the eighth spot on the list, rising from the previous year’s ninth place.

QS shared that this is the highest spot that the university has achieved since the inception of its rankings, adding that 24 other Malaysian universities also improved on their positions from last year’s rankings.

“This year’s results reiterate the intensely competitive, intensely dynamic nature of Asian higher education. China’s best universities continue to progress, Japanese higher education is stagnating — and Malaysia remains on the rise,” said Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS.

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Which are the Top 20 Universities in Malaysia?

Universiti Malaya

In the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings 2022 released recently, a total of 1,300 universities located in 97 locations globally were surveyed. A record 22 Malaysian universities made it into the QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2022 with Universiti Malaya ranking 65th.

Five Malaysian universities improve on their rankings when compared to last year’s rankings, namely Taylor’s University which climbed up 47 spots from 379 in the 2021 rankings to 332 in the 2022 rankings, UCSI University which climbed 44 spots from 391 to 347, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) up 25 spots from 439 to 414, Universiti Utara Malaysia from the 531-540 category to 511-520 category, and Sunway University which moved out of the 701-750 bracket to the 651-700 bracket.

QS World University Rankings 2022 – Malaysia

World Rank

University of Malaya

University of Putra Malaysia

National University of Malaysia

University of Science, Malaysia

University of Technology, Malaysia


UCSI University

University of Technology, Petronas

University of Utara Malaysia

Management and Science University

International Islamic University Malaysia

University of Technology, Mara

Sunway University

University of Tenaga Nasional

University of Malaysia Perlis

University of Kuala Lumpur

University of Tunku Abdul Rahman

University of Malaysia, Pahang
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Universiti Malaya (UM) has climbed a step higher and is now ranked eighth in the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Asia 2022.

Malaysia’s oldest university is followed by the other four research universities in the country – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) at 27th, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) at 33rd, Universiti Sains Malaysia at 35th and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia at 38th.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s University and UCSI University are in the top 100, at the 53rd and 77th place respectively together with Universiti Utara Malaysia at 98th.

Others in the top 200 are Universiti Teknologi Mara (105), International Islamic University Malaysia (123), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (167), Management and Science University (147), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (167), and Multimedia University (189).

UM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor said the university’s improvement is an unprecedented achievement and they are looking to explore other global options for research collaboration that will contribute to stronger global impact.

“We are planning to venture to the African and Latin America region where there are many opportunities for research collaboration (in areas) such as infectious disease, poverty and development studies as well as capacity building,” he said in a statement yesterday.

UPM deputy vice-chancellor (academic and international) Prof Dr M. Iqbal Saripan said the university’s improvement in the rankings is good news and plans to focus on its teaching, research and professional services.

UKM pro-vice-chancellor (Strategy and Corporate Development) Prof Dr Wan Kamal Mujani said the university is proud and honoured with the achievement, which is the result of their strategic plans which focus on students, covering aspects such as teaching, skills enhancement and employability, and improving their research, collaboration and sustainability.

Taylor’s University vice-chancellor and president Prof Michael Driscoll said the varsity has “far exceeded” their initial target of breaking into the top 100 in Asia by 2022.

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), which ranks in the 271-280 band, attained the QS Five Stars Plus university rating, the first and only in Malaysia according to QS Intelligence Unit Evaluation head Leigh Kamolins during an announcement on Monday.

APU chief executive officer Datuk Parmjit Singh said that this is a testimony of APU’s strengths and a reflection of their commitment to produce highly employable and future-proof professionals.

Thirty-six universities from Malaysia were ranked in the QS Asian University Rankings 2022, competing against a total of 687 universities in the region, with 24 of them improving their ranking.

QS director of research Ben Sowter said Malaysia’s higher education continues to evolve and rise.

“Last year, UM broke into the region’s top 10 for the first time, and this year rises one more spot, to the eighth place – the highest ever achieved since the rankings’ inception.

“In addition, 68% of the Malaysian universities improved their positions; the best performance of all the 18 locations represented in this edition,” he added.

The National University of Singapore was named the continent’s best university for the fourth consecutive year.

The QS report ranks the continent’s 687 best institutions through 11 key indicators, with the full rankings found at http://www.TopUniversities.com

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