QS rankings show Malaysian universities are ‘soaring upwards’, minister says

Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the achievement was proof of the hard work, commitment and dedication of the lecturers and researchers, as well as the higher education community. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the achievement was proof of the hard work, commitment and dedication of the lecturers and researchers, as well as the higher education community. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PUTRAJAYA, March 22 — The inclusion of three subjects from Malaysian universities in the top 50 category of the 2016 QS World University Rankings: By Subject reflects the strong position of local universities, especially in engineering studies, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

“Once again, our universities have proven that they are improving or “Soaring Upwards” (ministry slogan),” he said in a statement yesterday.

The three subjects from local universities which have been included in the world’s best 50 category are the Development Studies Programme (Universiti Malaya) at 30th place, Electric and Electronic Engineering (Universiti Malaya)at 37th place and Chemical Engineering (Universiti Sains Malaysia) at number 46.

Idris said the achievement was proof of the hard work, commitment and dedication of the lecturers and researchers, as well as the higher education community.

 “Of course, the efforts do not end here and I urge all universities to continue improving their research findings and teaching methods.

“I always say that the world ranking is important as a benchmark of the global status of the country’s education system, but it is not everything.

“I hope this will have a meaningful positive and permanent impact on the local and international community,” he said.

According to the 2016 QS World University Rankings: By Subject, 26 subjects from Universiti Malaya were listed in the top 300, while Universiti Sains

Malaysia had 22, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (20), Universiti Putra Malaysia (19), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (12), Universiti Teknologi Mara (five),

Universiti Teknologi Petronas (four), Universiti Multimedia Malaysia (two), Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (two) and Universiti Utara Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah one each.  — Bernama

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