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Good News! Universiti Malaya Has Jumped Straight Into Top 100 Asia University Rankings 2017 For The First Time

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What's more impressive is that the Malaysian univsersity didn't just barely scrape into the top hundred but made an impressive debut at 59th place.

Certainly an impressive result for a newcomer onto the prestigious world ranking by Times Higher Education (THE).

THE in a statement today said Universiti Malaya, a new entrant in the list was placed at 59th, followed by another newcomer, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in the top 120, Bernama reports.

According to the THE report, Malaysia has the greatest potential to become the leading higher education hub in the region in the coming year.

“UM is the nation’s new number one institution. It occupies the 59th place overall despite taking part for only the first time this year.

“The data showed that it has a particularly strong international outlook when compared with other leading universities in the continent; it ranks 20th when measured on this indicator alone,” the report said.

The report also highlighted UM's significant achievement in leaping straight into the Top 100, joining a very elite and select group of Asian universities who have succeeded.

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"But of the emerging university nations in Asia, the rankings results suggest that Malaysia has the greatest potential.

"The country claims seven of the top 200 places, up from four last year, and features a total of nine institutions overall.

"The University of Malaya is the nation’s new number one institution. It occupies 59th place overall despite taking part for only the first time this year. The data show that it has a particularly strong international outlook when compared with other leading universities in the continent; it ranks 20th when measured on this indicator alone.

The report also cited Mohd Amin Jalaludin, vice-chancellor of the University of Malaya, highlighting the higher ratio of international students which now made up 18 per cent of the institution’s total enrolment, up from 5 per cent in 2000.

"The university now offers programmes in English “to accommodate this major shift”, he said.

"In addition, about 40 per cent of the university’s research papers are published with international collaborators, he said, adding that the university’s high-impact research programme, which ran from 2011 to 2016, had “transformed” the research culture among academics and postgraduate students."

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The report quotes Professor Jalaludin as emphasising that Malaysia was “definitely on [its] way to becoming a leading higher education nation” and pointing out that we succeeded despite not have the economy of scale compared with giants such as China.

“While we may not have the kind of scale [that China enjoys], we should be focusing on quality,” the report quoted Professor Jalaludin.

UM is not the only tertiary institution from Malaysia to make waves in the latest ranking.

Another newcover, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) made it to the 120th spot. while Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) were placed within the 121-130 band.

Other notable entries in the Top 200 include Universiti Teknologi Petronas within the 141-150 band, Universiti Sains Malaysia (151-160 band) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (161-170 band).

You can read the full THE report here.

- mD