MELAKA – Five Malaysian research universities have been listed as the world’s top
one per cent of best universities in the latest QS Quacquarelli Seymonds World
University rankings of 2016/2017.
They are Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti
Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti
Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said what was even
gratifying was in the world top best universities under 50 years, UPM was ranked
17th, UTM (25th), UKM (26th), and USM (33rd), while UM is more than 50 years
“Alhamdulillah, through various programmes implemented at the five research
universities, we are now among the one per cent of the world’s best
“We hope these universities, as well as other universities in the country,
will produce more holistic graduates with emphasis in entrepreneurship and
strong faith to maintain the country’s peaceful prosperity in future.”
Idris said this at the launching of 2016 Patriotic Students Expedition
programme at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) here, which was attended
by UTeM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Shahrin Sahib and more than 2,000 higher
education institution students from all over Melaka.
He said young universities such as UTeM, now 16 years old, should not be see
their young age as an obstacle to be among the best universities in the world.
He believed with perseverance and careful planning UTeM could also compete
with the best universities in the world such as Cambridge University and Oxford
Meanwhile, Idris reminded all graduates of institutions of higher learning
in the country to be united despite their different racial and cultural
backgrounds to ensure the country continue to prosper and progress in future.
“Set aside all differences which cause us to be divided so that the
country’s independence could be sustained for our future generations,” he said.