Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 Reveals Malaysia’s Top Universities

Which are the Best Universities in Malaysia for 2023? – Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education has finally released its World University Rankings for the year 2023. Ranking 1,799 universities across 104 countries around the world.

The latest edition of the global university rankings also saw Universiti Malaya maintaining pole position as the country’s top performing institution, despite dropping from the 301-350 band to the 351-400 band.

THE World University Rankings 2023, which measured institutions across 13 performance metrics to provide an overview of a university’s quality, was released on October 12, 2022.

A record number of 22 Malaysian universities are in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023 compared with 18 last year.

There are 4 new additions to the rankings –

  • Sunway University (801-1000)
  • Universiti Malaysia Pahang (801-1000)
  • Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (1201-1500)
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah (1501+)

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings is based on an analysis of 15.5 million research publications and 121 million citations to those publications, plus over 40,000 responses to an annual academic reputation survey and hundreds of thousands of additional data points covering a university’s teaching environment, international outlook and industry links. Institutions are measured across 13 separate performance metrics.

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22 Malaysian Universities Ranked in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

Universiti Malaya

The University of Malaya, Malaysia’s oldest higher education institution, is no longer ranked in the world’s top 350 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

Malaysia has 22 universities in THE’s World Rankings overall, and four rankings debutants, solidifying the country’s status as a developing education hub.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 include 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.

The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Rankings of Malaysia’s Universities According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023
  1. Universiti Malaya (UM) – 351-400
  2. Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) – 401-500
  3. Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM – 401-500
  4. Univesiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) – 601-800
  5. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) – 601-800
  6. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) – 601-800
  7. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) – 601-800
  8. Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) – 801-1000
  9. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) – 801-1000
  10. Sunway University – 801-1000
  11. University Tenaga Malaysia (Uniten) – 801-1000
  12. Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) – 1001-1200
  13. University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)- 1001-1200
  14. University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) – 1201-1500
  15. University Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) – 1201-1500
  16. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UniMas) – 1201-1500
  17. Multimedia University (MMU) – 1201-1500
  18. Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) – 1201-1500
  19. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) – 1201-1500
  20. Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) – 1201-1500
  21. Universiti Teknologi Mara (UTM) – 1500+
  22. Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) – 1500+

How did the Rest of the World Universities Fare?

Singapore had two universities in the World Rankings:

  • National University of Singapore at 19th
  • Nanyang Technological University at 36th

Singapore leapt into the world’s top 20 for the first time with National University of Singapore ranking 19th.

“The data shows clearly that the city state of Singapore is a growing world powerhouse for excellence in higher education – a powerful and well-connected international hub that continues to improve,” says Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer. “National University of Singapore’s entry into the world top 20 zone, and Nanyang Technological University’s jump of 10 places into 36th place, continues an extraordinary pattern of mounting strength in research and innovation.”

China had 95 universities in the rankings; Indonesia and Thailand had a total of 18 each, followed by six from Vietnam and four from the Philippines.

University of Indonesia is Indonesia’s best-performing institution, ranked 1001-1200. Thailand’s four joint-highest ranking universities fare better, positioning in the 801-1000 group band: Chulalongkorn University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Mae Fah Luang University and Mahidol University.

Brunei’s Universiti Brunei Darussalam, moved up from the 351-400 position to 301-350.

Describing Singapore as a growing world powerhouse for excellence in higher education, THE chief knowledge officer Phil Baty said it was worrying that other Asean nations were falling behind the global competition.

“Although Vietnam has retained the positions of its leading universities, Malaysia’s flagship UM has dropped out of the world top 350, the University of the Philippines has dropped out of the world top 800 list, and the University of Indonesia has fallen out of the world top 1,000.

“Some of Thailand’s leading universities have also slipped,” he said in a press release.

Baty said he hoped that greater cooperation and integration in higher education and research across Asean, the influence of Singapore’s world-leading status as a global hub for research excellence, and more activity with thriving neighbours to the North in East Asia and South in Oceania, would lead to a revival of the region’s universities.

International competition, however, was extremely intense, he said, adding that funding requirements were extremely demanding and you had to run very fast just to stand still in the global rankings.

Globally, UK’s University of Oxford retained the top spot for the seventh consecutive year, with Harvard University, United States, and University of Cambridge, UK, coming in second and third respectively.

A record number of 1,799 universities from 104 countries and regions were ranked, 137 more than last year.

The number of US universities represented in the top 100 continued to fall, from a peak of 43 in 2018, to 34 this year.

Top 10 Universities in the World 2023 – Times Higher Education

1     University of Oxford, United Kingdom
2     Harvard University, United States
=3  University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
=3  Stanford University, United States
5     Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
6     California Institute of Technology, United States
7     Princeton University, United States
8    University of California, Berkeley, United States
9    Yale University, United States
10  Imperial College London, United Kingdom

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