UM na­tion’s new No. 1 in­sti­tu­tion

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has a great po­ten­tial in be­com­ing a lead­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion hub among uni­ver­si­ties in Asia in fu­ture years.

Seven out of nine lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties placed in the top 200 of the 2017 Asia Uni­ver­sity Rank­ings by Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, an in­crease of four from last year.

Al­though it was one of the new en­tries in the rank­ing, Uni­ver­sity Malaya (UM) al­ready took 59th place.

“UM is the na­tion’s new num­ber one in­sti­tu­tion. It took the 59th spot over­all de­spite tak­ing part for the first time.

“Data shows that it has a strong in­ter­na­tional out­look com­pared with other lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties in the con­ti­nent.

“It ranks 20th on this in­di­ca­tor alone,” a re­port said.

UM vice-chan­cel­lor Tan Sri Pro­fes­sor Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin said in­ter­na­tional stu­dents made up 18 per cent of UM’s en­rol­ment, up from five per cent in 2000.

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