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24 Malaysian Higher Education Institutions In QS World University Rankings This Year
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24 Malaysian Higher Education Institutions In QS World University Rankings This Year

Universiti Malaysia is the best university in Malaysia as a whole.

Fernando Fong

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Higher education institutions in Malaysia continue to excel in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2023.

Universiti Malaya (UM) led the way and maintained its place among the top 100 international universities for the fifth consecutive year.

Based on the QS Top University website, UM’s ranking, however, fell five spots as it is now ranked 70th in the QS World University Rankings 2023, released recently.

Among the assessment indicators used to determine scores are academic reputation, employer reputation, citations of each faculty, faculty-student ratios, international research networks and employment outcomes.

A total of 24 Malaysian institutions of higher learning were listed this year, with most improving their rankings.

Universiti Putra Malaysia jumped from 143 to 123, a jump of 20 steps, while Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia jumped from 144 to 129.

Universiti Sains Malaysia scored four points from 147 to 143, but Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s position dropped from 191 to 203.

The following is a list of the best universities in Malaysia (latest ranking 2022/2023): 

1. Universiti Malaya (70) 
2. Universiti Putra Malaysia (123) 
3. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (129) 
4. Universiti Sains Malaysia (143) 
5. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (203) 
6. Taylor’s University (284) 
7. UCSI University (284) 
8. Universiti Teknologi Petronas (361) 
9. Universiti Utara Malaysia (481) 
10. Management and Science University

Private Institutions Also Moving Up

Meanwhile, Taylor’s University was named the number one private university in Southeast Asia for three consecutive years, ranking 284th overall from 332nd last year.

UCSI rose from 347th to 284th, and the Petronas University of Technology moved from 414th place to 361st place.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) was named the leading university in Asia, followed by Peking University of China and Tsinghua University with 11th, 12th and 14th place, respectively, in the overall ranking.

The QS World University Rankings 2023 involves ratings of 1,422 institutions, an increase from 1,300 institutions last year.

Best Record Ever

This rating is one of the country’s highest achievements in the performance of HEIs, said the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Noraini Ahmad.

According to the minister, 10 universities have managed to maintain stability every year.

Nine universities have managed to improve their position, while three universities have recorded declines and two universities are new entrants.

Some netizens have compared the rankings with that of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) which have been under public scrutiny.

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As the main quality assurance and accrediting body in Malaysia, MQA plays a vital role in assuring the quality of higher education in both public and private institutions.

What is the QS World University Ranking?

QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings conducted by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). 

The QS system now consists of the whole and global-level subjects, along with five independent regions (Asia, Latin America, Europe and Central Asia, the Arab Region, and the BRICS).

It is the only international ranking that has received approval from the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG). 

It is viewed as one of the most read, along with the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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