This ranking is quite peculiar with Chinese University of Hong Kong ousting Beida and NUS. Ah well, with all rankings there are ‘kinks’ here and there. What is significant for Malaysia is that USM is ranked significantly lower than UM and UKM.
5 Malaysian varsities among Asia’s top 100
KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya topped the list of five Malaysian universities that were ranked among the top 100 institutions of higher learning in Asia last year.
The ranking was provided by London-based QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, the compilers of the Times Higher Education world university rankings.
In the “Asian University Rankings” which was compiled for the first time, UM took the 39th spot, followed by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia at 51, Universiti Sains Malaysia at 69, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 82 and Universiti Putra Malaysia, 90.
“The results of the QS.com Asian University Rankings focus on regionally relevant measures of excellence,” said QS managing director Nunzio Quacquarelli in an email yesterday.
He said the top performing universities distinguished themselves not only by quality, but also by high productivity of research.
“Malaysian universities have performed well, with high numbers of international students and faculty. These results make studying in Malaysia an attractive option for international students.”
The top spot for the Asian university went to the University of Hong Kong.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong came in second, followed by University of Tokyo in third placing.
The National University of Singapore and Peking University in China are ranked at the 10th spot.