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UM Fell 6 Spots But Remains In Top 100 University Ranking Globally, Other Unis Improve

UM Fell 6 Spots But Remains In Top 100 University Ranking Globally, Other Unis Improve

Malaysia’s tertiary education sees steady improvement in the academic field.

Anne Dorall

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University Malaya (UM) once again proves its worth, coming in at a respectable 65th spot from 1,000 universities around the globe in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (QS-WUR) 2022. Last year, UM placed at 59th globally, its highest record ever.

This year, although UM places at #65 globally, they are actually within the top ten spots in Asia, placing at #9!

UM has been on a steady rise every year since 2014.
(Credit: QS World University Rankings)

Despite the slight drop, QS noted that UM, and other Malaysian universities, show great promise and consistent quality.

As recently as 2018, Universiti Malaya was not a top-100 university: it has now firmly established itself among the 100 best universities in the world.

Ben Sowter, QS Director of Research

Other Malaysian Universities Climbing Their Way Up

However, five other Malaysian universities showed improvement compared to last year’s scores.

  • Taylor’s University improved 47 spots from #379 to #332
  • UCSI University improved 44 spots from #391 to #347
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) improved 25 spots from #439 to #414
  • Universiti Utara Malaysia improved from the 531-540 bracket to the 511-520 bracket
  • Sunway University improved from the 701-750 bracket to the 651-700 bracket

QS used six metrics to rank universities, which include academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio.

This year, they note that UM has seen a drop in their rank due to its research performance, which has seen a significant decline. UM dropped 44 places in the Citations per Faculty indicator, thus affecting their overall ranking.


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