UM ranked 38th in Asia


UM is now in top 40 Asia best universities


By Huzraifah Atikah

Malaysia is one of Asia’s emerging regional and international study hubs with local universities already having a strong presence in both global and regional rankings.


This can be exemplified by Universiti Malaya's recent achievement of being listed as one of the top 40 Asian universities.

Yeap! In the 2019 World University Rankings compiled by the global university performance surveyor Times Higher Education (THE), UM is listed in the top 40 Asian universities.  

Among some 400 Asian universities, UM is placed 38th compared to 46th last year. 

However, UM is still in the 301-350 band in a list of 1,000 universities worldwide.

Other local universities in the list are Universiti Teknologi Petronas at 98th place, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (111), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (125) and Universiti Sains Malaysia at 150.

The top 5 Asian universities are Tsinghua University (China), second is National University of Singapore, followed by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and University of Hong Kong. Fifth is Peking University (China).

Looks like Chinese universities have recorded a rise in global rankings too because the majority of universities in the top 10 spots are from China. 


Check out the top 100 best universities in Asia for 2019 here

THE attributes the rise of Chinese universities to a grand plan to collaborate with universities abroad as part of Beijing’s massive Belt and Road Initiative.

“While China’s higher education strategy is often characterised by its focus on competition, with a range of excellence initiatives pouring additional funding into a select number of institutions over the past two decades. One of the most interesting recent developments in the nation is an initiative that is ostensibly about collaboration,” it said.

On a side note, THE’s rankings use 13 performance indicators, and universities are judged in terms of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.