KUALA LUMPUR, April 29, 2015:

Environmental Sciences programmes under Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Development Studies programmes under Universiti Malaya (UM) emerged in the top 50 of the 2015 QS World University Rankings by subject.

USM’s Environment Sciences programmes, which fall under the Natural Sciences category, tied for 31st place while UM’s Development Studies programme, under the Social Sciences category, grabbed 32nd position.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the global provider of higher education and careers information, independent research and solutions, in a statement today, said the Development Studies programme was also a new subject to be ranked under this category this year.

According to its head of research, Ben Sowter, there were ups and downs for Malaysia in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

“While it has in part been down to extended ranges in some subjects, the number of Malaysian institutions represented has increased from six to 10, with a strong showing in some of the newly-introduced subjects, such as architecture and development studies, in each of which three Malaysian institutions appear in the top 100,” said Sowter.

The UM’s 23 subjects were ranked in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (19), USM (18), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (16), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) (10), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (four), Universiti Teknologi Mara (three), Universiti Multimedia (two), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and Universiti Utara Malaysia one each.

The statement also said UM is featured in the top 100 for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Chemical Engineering,; Linguistics; English Language and Literature and Architecture/ Built Environment, while UPM is included between the top 100 for Agriculture and Forestry.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject highlights the world’s top universities in 36 individual subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Meanwhile, UM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin said the ranking of UM subjects has generally improved this year with seven subjects ranked in the top 100 compared to six subjects in 2014.

Mohd Amin, who was delighted with the UM’s performance, said this was also the first time UM has featured in the top 50 ranking with Development Studies programmes.

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