Malaysia makes great strides as 5 universities ranked among top 400 worldwide

File picture of President Obama addressing sudents at Universiti Malaya earlier this year. Universiti Malaya improved upon its performance that saw it break the Top 200 barrier. — AFP pic
File picture of President Obama addressing sudents at Universiti Malaya earlier this year. Universiti Malaya improved upon its performance that saw it break the Top 200 barrier. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 — A quintet of Malaysian universities have made it into this year’s top 400 of the QS World University Rankings after all but one of seven of the country’s entrants registered multiple-rung improvements.

The strides made also meant that both Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (259th) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (294th) are now in the Top 300. They were 269th and 355th, respectively, in the 2013 ranking of the top institutions of higher learning across the world.

The country’s premier university, Universiti Malaya, also improved upon its performance that saw it break the Top 200 barrier previously, climbing 16 places to weigh in at 151st this year.

Universiti Sains Malaysia improved by 46 places but missed out on going under the Top 300 bar, landing at 309th. It was joined in the tier by Universiti Putra Malaysia, which went to 376th from the 411-420 tier last year.

The International Islamic University of Malaysia did not better its position and remained in the 501-550 group, while Universiti Teknologi Mara went from the 701+ level to the 651-700 category.

“With the exception of International Islamic University Malaysia, all the other universities have improved or remained stable in three out of the six rankings indicators: Academic Reputation, International Faculty and Citation per Faculty.

“USM is the only institution that has improved across all six indicators,” read a statement that accompanied the announcement of the results.

Considered one of the leading benchmarks of universities worldwide, the QS Rankings grades a total of 863 tertiary institutions out of over 3,000 that it assesses.

It measures these universities based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, international students and international faculty.

At the head of the rankings, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology maintained its top spot, and was followed by Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Harvard University, and University of Oxford.

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University received honourable mention as among the top ten fastest risers in the league, but the preview of the results did not state the tier on which the Singaporean institution has now achieved.

Produced by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the QS World University Rankings is now in its tenth year.

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