According to NST, ten local universities – seven public and three private – are among the 110 best universities in Asia based on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Asia 2021 report.
According to the report released yesterday (25 Nov), Malaysia’s oldest university – Universiti Malaya (UM) did the nation proud again as it sits in the top 10 as number nine, moving up four places from its previous ranking.
UM was followed by Universiti Putra Malaysia (28th), Universiti Sains Malaysia (34th) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (35th). Besides that, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia came in 39th, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (70th), Taylor’s University (89th), UCSI University (105th), Universiti Utara Malaysia (107th) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (108th).
Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad said, “This is the country’s best achievement so far and proves that the Higher Education Ministry’s direction is on the right track.”
She said the achievement has indirectly placed Malaysia as a higher education hub in the Asian region and could assist the institutions in fostering cooperation with world-renowned researchers.
Noraini also mentioned that this was the first time UM managed to be listed among the 10 best universities in Asia by securing the 9th place compared to 13th last year.
According to The Star, UM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor thanked the Higher Education Ministry for its support.
“My utmost gratitude also goes to our previous vice-chancellors, for today’s achievement would not have been possible without the strong foundations built by these great leaders over the years,” he said in a statement yesterday.