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Ministry Aims For 2 Public Universities To Be In World’s Top 100 By 2020

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Higher Education aims to have at least two public universities to be listed in the world’s top 100 universities in the next five years.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, believed it was achievable after Universiti Malaya (UM) was listed among the worlds’ top 150 universities in the latest list issued by QS World University Ranking.

“UM has recorded remarkable positions for three consecutive years because in 2013, it was ranked 167th, but climbed to 151st position in 2014, and was ranked 146th in the latest ranking.

“This shows that, overall, our universities have improved in line with the ministry’s tagline of ‘We Are Soaring Upwards’. So, there’s no reason we cannot continue improving our performance until 2020,” he said after launching the ILMU Education Group (ILMU), managed by Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas) here today.

ILMU is a group of education providers, comprising seven educational institutions in Malaysia and Sri Lanka, providing comprehensive learning activities to 35,000 students at present.

Meanwhile, two other public universities – Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) – were also listed among the world’s best, with USM now ranked 289th from 309th in 2014 and 355th in 2013.

UPM was listed as the 331st best university, up from 370th in 2014 and 411th in 2013.

When asked about factors that allowed the ranking of public universities this year to rise, Idris said the publication of quality journals and how often they were used as international reference materials, were among the things taken into account.

“This also contributes to the international recognition of the quality of our academicians,” he said. – BERNAMA

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