New Straits Times - - Higher Ed - O. C. YEOH

IT’S the dawn of a new era for Malaysian higher ed­u­ca­tion. Malaysian uni­ver­si­ties con­tinue to im­prove in their world univer­sity rank­ings based on 46 sub­jects. Ac­cord­ing to the sev­enth edi­tion of the QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings by Sub­ject re­cently re­leased by Quacquarelli Sy­monds, our lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties now rank in the top 30 for three sub­jects; they were only ranked in the top 30 once in 2016.

Malaysian uni­ver­si­ties also made the top 50 12 times; they were only ranked in the top 50 three times in 2016’s edi­tion.

The Univer­sity of Malaya (UM) con­tin­ues to be the best-per­form­ing in­sti­tu­tion with six sub­jects ranked in the top 50 world­wide.

Other lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties with sub­jects ranked in the top 50 are Univer­siti Sains Malaysia (USM) for four of its cour­ses, while Tay­lor’s Univer­sity and In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity of Malaysia (IIUM) have one each.

This means that Malaysia now sees four of its uni­ver­si­ties of­fer at least one top-50 sub­ject, com­pared to two uni­ver­si­ties in 2016 (see In­fo­graphic).

The lat­est list also shows that Malaysian uni­ver­si­ties are ranked in the top 100 52 times, which is dou­ble 2016’s to­tal of 26 top-100 place­ments.

In to­tal, 19 Malaysian uni­ver­si­ties are in­cluded at least once in this year’s QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings by Sub­ject, and at least one Malaysian univer­sity can be found in 36 of the 46 sub­ject ta­bles.

The best-ranked sub­ject for a Malaysian univer­sity is 23rd in the world for Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neer­ing, a po­si­tion which UM shares with Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity of the United States.

This is the high­est-ranked po­si­tion by sub­ject achieved by a Malaysian univer­sity, and an im­prove­ment of 14 places from 2016.

The top univer­sity for this sub­ject is Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, while the top Asian univer­sity is Sin­ga­pore’s Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity in 6th place.

UM also scored im­pres­sively for De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies, for which it placed 26th.

Top­ping the rank­ings for De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies is Bri­tain’s Univer­sity of Sus­sex, while the top re­gional univer­sity is the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity in 11th place. Fly­ing the flag for Asia is In­dia’s Univer­sity of Delhi which placed 16th.

Two Malaysian uni­ver­si­ties made it to the top 50 in Rank­ings by Sub­ject for Hos­pi­tal­ity & Leisure Man­age­ment, which QS has in­cluded in the list for the first time.

Tay­lor’s Univer­sity, in 29th place, is also the first pri­vate univer­sity in Malaysia to have made the rank­ings.

The other lo­cal univer­sity is USM, which shares 32nd place with Bri­tain’s Sh­effield Hal­lam Univer­sity.

At the top for this sub­ject is the Univer­sity of Ne­vada-Las Ve­gas while The Hong Kong Polytech­nic Univer­sity is the high­est-ranked Asian univer­sity at num­ber three.

Three of UM’s other en­gi­neer­ing sub­jects which also made the top 50 rank­ings are Me­chan­i­cal, Aero­nau­ti­cal & Man­u­fac­tur­ing (33rd), En­gi­neer­ing & Tech­nol­ogy (35th) and Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing (38th, a po­si­tion it shares with USM).

USM also made the top 50 for Min­eral & Min­ing En­gi­neer­ing, shar­ing 35th spot with the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Kharag­pur.

For Ed­u­ca­tion, UM is ranked 41st world­wide, a po­si­tion it shares with the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin.

IIUM made the top 50 for The­ol­ogy, Divin­ity & Reli­gious Stud­ies, shar­ing 46th place with Columbia Univer­sity of the US.

Fi­nally, USM’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences man­aged with make it into the top 50 by shar­ing 49th place with the Univer­sity of Min­nesota in the US, Bri­tain’s Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don and Monash Univer­sity of Aus­tralia.

Also join­ing the ranks of the world’s elite uni­ver­si­ties is Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara (UiTM), which now sees 13 of its sub­jects in­cluded in the QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings by Sub­ject.

UiTM vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus Has­san Said said that of these, eight were new sub­jects, namely ar­chi­tec­ture and built en­vi­ron­ment, arts and de­sign, chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, agri­cul­ture and forestry, medicine, phar­macy and phar­ma­col­ogy, chem­istry, and busi­ness man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The other pre­vi­ously-listed five sub­jects, namely ac­coun­tancy and fi­nance, ed­u­ca­tion, me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing, and com­puter sci­ence and in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, have also im­proved their score rank­ings,” he said.

“We are con­fi­dent that with spe­cial strat­egy and sched­uled mon­i­tor­ing, UiTM can con­tinue to im­prove its po­si­tion in the years to come.”

Equally ec­static, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Ju­soh con­grat­u­lated the uni­ver­si­ties for their “stel­lar per­for­mance” in the lat­est Rank­ings by Sub­ject re­lease.

“Hav­ing 12 sub­jects across four uni­ver­si­ties ranked within the world’s top 50 is a highly com­mend­able im­prove­ment from three sub­jects in 2016.

“Fur­ther­more, Malaysian uni­ver­si­ties have dou­bled the num­ber of sub­jects ranked in the top 100 to 52.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to UM which achieved hav­ing six sub­jects placed in the top 50 and 19 sub­jects in the top 100. UM has ex­celled in var­i­ous en­gi­neer­ing fields and for the first time, its ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme is ranked 41st.

“USM has also done us proud with four sub­jects in the top 50, no­tably with hos­pi­tal­ity and leisure man­age­ment ranked 32nd and min­eral and min­ing ranked 35th.

“Speak­ing of firsts, we have a pri­vate univer­sity ranked in the world’s top 50, namely Tay­lor’s at 29th place for hos­pi­tal­ity and leisure man­age­ment, while the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity Malaysia also ap­pears at 46th for the­ol­ogy, divin­ity and reli­gious stud­ies.

“I am proud that our uni­ver­si­ties have ex­celled across di­verse ar­eas of knowl­edge, from en­gi­neer­ing to ed­u­ca­tion, hos­pi­tal­ity to en­vi­ron­men­tal sciences.

“As the higher ed­u­ca­tion space be­comes more con­nected, ac­ces­si­ble, and com­pet­i­tive, the abil­ity to of­fer high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in such sub­jects will en­able our higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions to stand out world­wide and en­hances Malaysia’s at­trac­tive­ness as an in­ter­na­tional higher ed­u­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion.”

The full QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings by Sub­ject ta­bles can be ac­cessed at https://­uni­ver­si­­sity-rank­ings/univer­sity-sub­ject-rank­ings/2016/de­vel­op­ment-stud­ies.

In to­tal, 19 Malaysian uni­ver­si­ties are in­cluded at least once in this year’s QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings by Sub­ject.”


Source: QS Quacquarelli Sy­monds 2004-2017 http://www.Top­Uni­ver­si­

Has­san Said

Idris Ju­soh

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