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University of Malaya (UM) is Now One of the Top 100 Universities Worldwide

Published by Afterschool.my on Jun 07, 2018, 08:38 am

University of Malaya’s continuous and persistent crusade towards excellence has seen the local university finally join the ranks of the top 100 universities in the world, with Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released their highly anticipated 2019 edition of their World University Rankings.Having ranked 114th last year, UM finally breached the mythical barrier that it had set its sights on, with UKM and UPM the next two best ranking Malaysian representatives at the 184 and 202 positions respectively. The remaining two members of Malaysia’s Fab Five rounded up the top 5, with USM placing 207th and UTM a few spots behind in the 228th position.

On the private university front, UCSI University emerged as Malaysia’s top university in what is the institution's incredibly impressive first year on the list, placing joint 481st. Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) (521-530), Taylor’s University (601-650), UNITEN (701-750) and MMU (801-1000) all ranked as well, with Malaysia producing a total of 13 representatives in the prestigious rankings.

Overall, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) narrowly edged out Stanford University to the number spot, topping the QS World University Rankings for the seventh consecutive year. The rest of the top 10 were made up of Harvard University (3rd), California Institute of Technology (4th), the University of Oxford (5th), the University of Cambridge(6th), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (7th), Imperial College London (8th), the University of Chicago (9th) and University College London (10th).

The indicators that QS have used would be familiar to anyone who has followed their rankings throughout the years, with academic reputation given the highest weightage at 40%, both faculty/student ratio and citations per faculty given 20% each, employer reputation contributing 10% and international faculty ratio and international student ratio both accounting for 5% each.

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