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Universiti Malaya Drops Out of Top 350 In World Rankings, Singapore University In Top 20

Universiti Malaya Drops Out of Top 350 In World Rankings, Singapore University In Top 20

UM is still the top among Malaysian universities in the world ranking.

Fernando Fong

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Do university rankings matter?

The simple answer is yes.

Employers who don’t require specific degree subjects tend to choose university graduates with the best overall reputations.

In this case, Universiti Malaya (UM) graduates ought to remain the most employable in the country.

UM was recently named the best Malaysian university in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023.

Unfortunately, it fell out of the top 350 in the world, dropping from the 301 to 350 category UM maintained from 2019 to 2022.

UM also saw a decline in the 19th edition of the QS World University Ranking 2023, an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds. 

22 Universities In Malaysia Made It To The List

22 Malaysian universities made the list, compared with 18 last year. 

UM is followed by the Universiti Petronas (UTP) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), ranked 401 to 500. 

UTP ranked 501 to 600 last year, while UUM ranked 601 to 800 last year.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) remained at 601 to 800 places.

The four newcomers to the list are Sunway University (801-1000), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (801-1000), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (1201-1500) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (1501+).

Universiti Teknologi MARA, a higher learning institution for Malays and Bumiputera, is in the 1501+ category alongside Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

1,799 universities from 104 countries and regions entered the rankings this year, 137 more than last year.

Oxford Dominates For 7 Years In A Row

The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom (UK) has topped the list for seven consecutive years.

Oxford is followed by Harvard in the United States (US), while the University of Cambridge in the UK and Stanford University in the US tied for third.

The fourth to tenth places are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, Yale University and Imperial College of Technology in the United States.

The number of US universities in the world’s top 100 has fallen again, from a peak of 43 in 2018 to 34 this year.

National University Of Singapore Rises To 19th

Among ASEAN countries, the National University of Singapore (NUS) rose to 19th, while Nanyang Technological University also rose to 36th.

The University of the Philippines dropped out of the top 800, while the University of Indonesia dropped out of the top 1,000.

The data clearly shows that Singapore is a preeminent and growing higher education powerhouse, a beacon among the South East Asian countries and a solid and well-connected international hub.

Is Times Higher Education Credible?

THE measures universities’ performance based on 13 indicators grouped into five pillars.

Research, citations and teaching are each weighted at 30%.

Since its first edition in 2010, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) have been one of the most reliable university rankings in the world.

THE is an excellent resource for international students who seek to study abroad at world-class universities.

The QS university ranking system is slightly different from the Times ranking system.

In the former, different sets of indicators, with different weightings, are used for evaluating all the universities worldwide.


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