SINGAPORE – Malaysian universities gained ground in the QS World University Rankings 2014, with three being included in the top 300.
Universiti Malaya rose to 151st place from 167 last year, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, to 259 from 269 and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, to 294 from 355.
According to this year’s QS World University Rankings report, Universiti Sains Malaysia’s position also rose, to 309 from 355; Universiti Putra Malaysia, to 376 from the 411-420 category, while the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) remained in the same slot (501-550) as last year’s.
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) also improved its ranking, moving to the 651-700th category from the previous 701+.
These findings mean that Malaysia now has a total of five universities in the Top 400 universities ranked in the report.
The QS World University Rankings are based on four key pillars – research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.
Overall, the report said the global emphasis on high-impact scientific and technological research is the key driver of leadership in the QS World University Rankings.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America leads the list of Global Top Ten institutions for the third year running.
It is followed by the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), Imperial College London (UK), Harvard University (US), University of Oxford (UK), UCL (University College London) (UK), Stanford University (US), California Institute of Technology, (US), Princeton University (US) and Yale University (US).
Commenting on the ranking results in a statement from London, QS head of research Ben Sowter said: “In the wake of the recession, both governments and private sector funding sources are placing greater emphasis on high-impact STEM research, much of which takes place in specialist institutions.
“Tech-focused institutions are increasingly the focal point of a global race for innovation. With budgets from public sources increasingly coming under strain, institutions seem more focused than ever on potentially lucrative research in science, technology and medicine,” he said.
The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the top universities in the world and is arguably the best-known and respected ranking of its kind.
It is compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit in close consultation with an international advisory board of leading academics. – Bernama