Malaysia’s higher education system on the rise in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

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Universiti Malaya (UM) is the most-represented national university in the rankings, at 37 subjects. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Universiti Malaya (UM) is the most-represented national university in the rankings, at 37 subjects. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — The Malaysian higher education sector continues to improve globally in the annual ranking of universities in Asia by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

According to the 12th edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, QS recorded year-on-year increases in the number of Malaysian programmes achieving top-50, top-100 and top-200 ranks.

“Malaysia is fifth in Asia for the number of ranked programmes — 207 (25 more than last year) and sixth for the number of ranked universities — 24 (four more than last year),” said Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, in a statement today.

QS also recorded Malaysian universities featuring in 42 of the 51 subject rankings, with 207 entries — 25 are brand-new, 78 maintained the previous year’s rank, 49 declined and

55 rose.

The top five subjects for the number of Malaysian universities featured are: Business and Management Studies (13); Computer Science and Information Systems (13); Engineering — Electrical and Electronic (13); Engineering — Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing; and Medicine (nine).

Universiti Malaya (UM) is the most-represented national university in the rankings, at 37 subjects.

It is followed by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (25 subjects), Universiti Putra Malaysia (24 subjects), Universiti Sains Malaysia (24 subjects) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (17 subjects).

Other highlights that QS shared include Taylor’s University’s achievement as the nation’s top-ranking institution for its performance in Hospitality and Leisure Management, where it rose to 16th position in this discipline.

“UCSI University breaks into the top 20 for Performing Arts.

“The third-best national rank is achieved by Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) in Petroleum Engineering, while two more universities break into the top 30 — UM (28th for globally in Library and Information Management) and International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) (28th for globally in Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies),” Sowter said.

He added that 10 Malaysian university departments feature among the world’s top 50, two more than last year.

However, UTP dropped out of the top 50 in this QS edition for Engineering — Mineral and Mining, while three departments broke into this tier: UM for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies, and UCSI and University and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), both for Hospitality and Leisure Management.

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