Top 20 Universities in Malaysia According to QS World University Rankings 2023

QS World University Rankings®

QS World University Rankings®

Best Public (IPTA) & Private (IPTS) Universities in Malaysia According to QS World University Rankings 2023

  • Ranking of Malaysia’s Public (IPTA) & Private (IPTS) Universities for 2023 According to QS World University Rankings
  • Ranking of Malaysia’s Universities in the World & Asia

QS World University Rankings 2023 – Malaysia

Higher education institutions in Malaysia continue to excel in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2023. Universiti Malaya (UM) led the way and maintained its place among the top 100 international universities for the fifth consecutive year. Based on the QS Top University website, UM’s ranking, however, fell five spots as it is now ranked 70th in the QS World University Rankings 2023, released recently.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s University was named the number one private university in Southeast Asia for three consecutive years, ranking 284th overall from 332nd last year.

Among the assessment indicators used to determine scores are academic reputation, employer reputation, citations of each faculty, faculty-student ratios, international research networks and employment outcomes.

A total of 24 Malaysian institutions of higher learning were listed this year, with most improving their rankings.

Universiti Putra Malaysia jumped from 143 to 123, a jump of 20 steps, while Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia jumped from 144 to 129. Universiti Sains Malaysia scored four points from 147 to 143, but Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s position dropped from 191 to 203.

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Which are the Top 20 Universities in Malaysia?

Universiti Malaya

Malaysia’s oldest university ranked 70th out of over 1,400 tertiary institutions in the world latest rankings benchmarked by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

The 19th edition of the QS World University Ranking 2023 released today found Universiti Malaya (UM) remained among the top 100 for the fifth year in a row and consolidating its status among the best in the world.

“The Universiti Malaya’s top-100 status is based on outstanding recognition among global academics and employers. Its scores for QS’ reputational indicators — Academic Reputation (AR) and Employer Reputation (ER) — trended upwards, achieving one of the world’s top 50 Employer Reputation scores (35th, 94.9/100) for the second consecutive year.

While it is still ahead of the other Malaysian institutions in the standings, Universiti Malaya (UM) fell five spots to 70th in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2023 released today. This comes as Malaysia’s premier university dropped six spots last year to 65th, although it is still the only local university in the top 100 – a feat it has now achieved for the fifth consecutive year.

UM only made the cut to its list of top 100 universities in the world five years ago in 2018. Despite these improvements to its reputational score, QS also recorded a dip in UM’s inability to improve its performance in any of the other indicators used for the rankings.

Among the factors used to determine the scores are academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty student ratio, international research network and employment outcomes.

A record 24 Malaysian institutions of higher education were ranked this year, with most improving their positions.

QS also found a significant increase in the number of Malaysian universities improving their overall ranking this time, and commended the 24 institutions for doing well.

It noted that half of the 24 Malaysian ranked universities have improved both their AR score and ER score. The AR score is based on QS’ global survey of 151,000 academics while the ER score is based on QS’ global survey of 99,000 employers and hiring managers.

UM rose two rungs to rank 70th globally for AR (up two places) and 11 spots year-on-year to place 35th for ER.

Amongst the private universities,  Taylor’s University had one of the best 100 scores for ER for the second time, rising 20 rungs year-on-year to rank 70th in ER. Taylor’s University for ranking 64th as well as UCSI University and Universiti Putra Malaysia for breaking into the world’s top 100 for their ER scores.

Universiti Putra Malaysia jumped from 143rd to 123rd while Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia moved from 144th to 129th.

Universiti Sains Malaysia gained four notches from 147th to 143rd, but Universiti Teknologi Malaysia fell from 191st to 203rd.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s was named the No 1 private university in Southeast Asia for the third year in a row, ranking at 284th overall from 332nd last year.

UCSI University moved up from 347th to 284th spot, and Universiti Teknologi Petronas from 414th to 361st.

National University of Singapore (NUS) was the leading university in Asia, followed by China’s Peking University and Tsinghua University. They were 11th, 12th and 14th in the overall rankings, respectively.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge and Stanford University topped the global rankings, with MIT on top for the 11th year running.

This year’s QS World University Rankings is the largest ever, with 1,418 institutions across one hundred locations, up from 1,300 last year.

The results account for the distribution and performance of 16.4 million academic papers published between 2016 and 2020 and the 117.8 million citations received by those papers; they also account for the expert opinions of over 151,000 academic faculty and over 99,000 employers.

QS World University Rankings 2023 – Top 20 Universities in Malaysia

  1. Universiti Malaya (70)
  2. Universiti Putra Malaysia (123)
  3. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (129)
  4. Universiti Sains Malaysia (143)
  5. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (203)
  6. Taylor’s University (284)
  7. UCSI University  (284)
  8. Universiti Teknologi Petronas (361)
  9. Universiti Utara Malaysia (481)
  10. Management and Science University (601-650)
  11. Sunway University (601-650)
  12. International Islamic University Malaysia (651-700)
  13. University of Technology, Mara (651-700)
  14. University of Tenaga Nasional (701-750)
  15. Universiti Malaysia Perlis (801-1000)
  16. University of Tunku Abdul Rahman UTAR (801-1000)
  17. Universiti Malaysia Pahang (801-1000)
  18. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (1001-1200)
  19. Multimedia University MMU (1001-1200)
  20. University of Kuala Lumpur (1001-1200)

The QS report ranks the continent’s 687 best institutions through 11 key indicators, with the full rankings found at

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