Universiti Malaya (UM) reaffirmed its status as the nation’s premier university for the fourth year in a row, achieving its best position in the QS Asian University Rankings 2012 at 35th overall and the first among all higher learning institutions in the country.
UM extended its domination as the top university in Malaysia since the first QS Asian University Rankings was introduced four years ago and has seen a steady improvement in rankings year by year.
“In this year’s Asian rankings revealed by QS, UM achieved an overall score of 71.4 out of a possible 100 and ranked fourth for inbound and outbound student exchange. “It was also ranked number one in Malaysia for academic reputation and employer reputation,” said its vice-chancellor Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon in a statement.
He said UM was also ranked number one for all faculty areas including Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine and Social Sciences & Management with the exception of Natural Sciences which saw UM being ranked in second place.
Ghauth said UM’s research values were further reflected by the number of citations received at 17,520 and the university had produced a total of 9,161 papers from 2007 until 2011.
“We are delighted and honoured by this year’s ranking as we have done our best to improve in all aspects, especially in bound and outbound student exchange,” he said. He said the ranking was the result of the outstanding work of UM’s management, staff, students and efforts of its stakeholders and the Ministry of Higher Education in supporting its never-ending quest for excellence.
“In the overall picture, we are looking at the Asian rankings as the springboard to achieving our ultimate aim of being among the top 100 world- ranked universities in 2015,” he added. QS Asian University rankings represent the most extensive study of Asian institutions ever conducted with almost 500 universities assessed and include, among other things, responses to academic and employer surveys by QS.