QS World University Ranking 2014
Five Malaysian universities have made the top 400 in the prestigious QS World University Ranking 2014 survey.
The country’s top university, Universiti Malaya (UM), is ranked at number 151, followed by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) at the 259th spot. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), which is based in Johor, is at number 294, improving over 60 places compared to last year.
Meanwhile, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) are ranked 309 and 376 respectively. All five institutions improved on their rankings compared to last year.
In the survey last year, UM was ranked at 167th while UKM at 269th. UTM and USM were both at 355th and UPM was in the 411-420 ranking. The criteria used by QS to rank the universities are academic reputation, employer reputation, student to faculty ratio, papers per faculty, and citations per paper, internationalization, and student exchange programs.
The QS Rankings grades a total of 863 tertiary institutions out of over 3,000 that it assesses.
Universiti Teknologi Mara made the biggest jump, up from the 701-plus level to the 651-700 group.
However, the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) did not improve its position and remained in the 501-550 tiers. In a statement today on the latest QS World University Rankings, QS Quacquarelli Symonds said with the exception of IIUM, all the other universities had improved or remained stable in three out of the six ranking indicators.
The indicators were Academic Reputation, based on 63,676 academic responses and representing 40% of the weight; International Faculty which weights 5%; the research impact indicator; and Citation per Faculty which weights 20%.
“USM is the only institution that has improved across all six indicators,” the organisation that has been ranking universities in the world for a decade said. However, Malaysian universities are still trailing top regional schools like the National University of Singapore (24th), University of Hong Kong (26th), Australian National University (27th), University of Tokyo (32th) and Seoul University (35th).
The QS World University Rankings is one of the best-known and respected annual league tables of the top world universities. It is compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit in close consultation with an international advisory board of leading academics.