Tak kenal maka tak cinta. Jom Kenali Universiti Awam (UA) Malaysia.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

UM Ranked at 156 in QS World University Rankings 2012/2013 (UKM: 261, USM: 326, UPM: 360)

UM Ranked at 156 in QS World University Rankings
Source: London-based QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings Year 2012

Rank    University
1           Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
2           University of Cambridge,UK
3           Harvard University, US
4           University College London (UCL), UK
5           University of Oxford, UK
6           Imperial College London, UK
7           Yale University, US
23         University of Hong Kong
25         National University of Singapore (NUS)
30         University of Tokyo
47         Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
156       Universiti Malaya (UM)
261       Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
326       Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
360       Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

The Star Online wrote:
PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) is the only Malaysian institution that has made it to the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings 2012/3 for the second consecutive year. It moved up 11 places to 156 this year compared to 167 in 2011 and 207 in 2010.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Univer-siti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), the International Islamic University Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara have all improved in the rankings while Universiti Putra Malaysia dropped slightly. (see table)

Congratulating UM, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said he believed that this was a direct outcome of a Cabinet's decision for the university to be chosen as the key player in international rankings.
QS World University Rankings Malaysia
“A special monetary incentive was accorded to UM with the specific objective that it should be among the 100 best universities in the world by 2015. The fruit of that initiative is showing now,” he said in an interview.

Mohamed Khaled said that although a more detailed scrutiny of the criteria used was needed, the ranking results generally showed that the focus and resources invested by the research universities were paying off.

Intelligence Unit head Ben Sowter for QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, which conducts and compiles the annual World University Rankings, said 2,586 institutions were considered this year.

“The six indicators - academic peer review, employer reputation review, international faculty ratio, international student ratio, student faculty ratio, and citations per faculty and overall weightings - are the same,” he added.

Sowter said UM was the best-performing Malaysian university in both the academic and employer reputation surveys, making it the global top 200 in both.

“It also improved its faculty/student ratio relative to its international peers, contributing to its improved position,” he said.The biggest climb, said Sowter, among Malaysian institutions was by UTM, which re-entered the top 400 after slipping down last year.

UM vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon said it continued to push for higher quality research and publications in the past year through its High Impact Research projects with the special funding.

“It is clear that UM's greatest gain has been in its total citations, which was our main weakness before this,” he added.

UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang said it had undergone a massive transformation since 2009 by focusing on graduate studies.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the QS World University Rankings this year followed by Cambridge University and Harvard University.
Liked this post? Subscribe now to read more post like this one!


  1. These rankings are not valid, so stop making yourselves happy over some invalid errors published over the internet.
    MIT isn't number 1 and Univ of Cambridge isn't number 2.

    No Malaysian Univs is in first 300, so quit posting false information in order to gain recognition. Learn from open-minded folks.

    If you want to get the valid rankings, check on the Times Higher education Univ Rankings.
    Here's a preview of the rankings:

    1. California Institute of Technology - United States

    =2. University of Oxford - United Kingdom
    =2. Stanford University - United States

    4. Harvard University - United States

    5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - United States

    6. Princeton University - United States

    7. University of Cambridge - United Kingdom

    8. Imperial College London - United Kingdom

    9. University of California, Berkeley - United States

    10. University of Chicago - United States

    1. i can say your rankings are invalid too, right? what makes the others are wrong but not you? did you rank those universities yourself? good job

  2. Hi, QS and THE used to be in collaboration with one another, and it was only very recently that QS and THE have their own separate rankings. There is no right and wrong and you cannot objectively state that one ranking system is superior over the other, because both are true according to their own methodology. Have you checked their methodology? If you are talking about the Malaysian government, they refer to THE but still deviates from it. For example, LSE is known to be an extremely good school but it is not listed in the rankings. How about the Liberal Arts Colleges like the US? Rankings (Shanghai, THE, QS, ARWU) are all true according to what you're looking at, in which THE, QS, and ARWU being the popular ones. Rankings is just one indication for the quality of the universities for employers and researchers reference. You should also look at subject rankings, which is way more important than the overall one.

  3. UM and Malaysian universities should go for the THE ranking as an established global standard. QS evaluation give added advantage to demonstrate your global stand in education.


Malaysia Students Blog is a team blog on Malaysian major examinations, secondary, pre-university & tertiary education, scholarship Malaysia, student resources, students' thoughts and everything relating to students & undergraduates at schools, colleges & universities in Malaysia - Student Education Malaysia

Comment Policy: Comments posted at Malaysia Students blog should be on-topic, constructive and add value to the discussion. Comments that are off-topic, one-sentence, abusive or offensive will be removed. Please use proper English with correct spelling and grammar in your comment. For general questions, please post them at SPM Student Malaysia. For enquiries, please email the administrator of this blog: Student at Malaysia-Students dot com.

Join over 50,000 people who get FREE latest scholarship updates via email!

Free Scholarship Updates:   

More scholarships available at Malaysia Scholarship Information Centre

Do Not Miss Any Job Offers! Get Student Part Time Jobs via Email!