PETALING JAYA: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is the only Malaysian institution listed in the 2014 QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking.
It jumped to 19th place this year from 23rd last year.
QS Intelligence Unit head of research Ben Sowter said the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranks universities that have been established within the past 50 years.
“The dynamic nature of this ranking makes it an interesting comparison with our global and regional rankings. As the ranking is determined by the age, some institutions will drop off the list once they reach their 50th anniversaries.
“We considered all the 800 universities ranked in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings 2013/14 for the Top 50 Under 50,” he said in an e-mail interview.
Sowter said UKM rose because the University of Warwick and the University of Lancaster, both in Britain, and the University of Macquarie in Australia dropped off the list after having passed their 50th year.
Some of the universities that came before UKM last year also lost ground in the overall ranking, he added.
The University of Warwick ranked third in the 2013 Top 50 Under 50.
The QS Top 50 Under 50 is compiled by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, which also produces the annual World University Rankings.
Sowter said the Top 50 Under 50 is based on the methodology used to compile the annual QS World University Rankings, which comprise academic and employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, international students and international faculty.
“In an industry where a longer history is often seen as more desirable, universities which have been established far longer often hold reputational advantages over younger institutions,” he said.
Sowter said the list aims to spot the up-and-coming higher education powerhouses in the global arena by focusing on the performance of the younger institutions.
UKM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali said he was happy to learn that UKM was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50.
“It will be good news for everyone at UKM,” he said.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology tops the QS Top 50 Under 50 this year, followed by Nanyang Technological University in second place, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and City University of Hong Kong.
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