Varsity recognised for continuous improvement


Prof Toh (right) receiving the recognition from QS analytics and evaluation director Leigh Kamolins, accompanied by Quacquarelli Symonds group managing director Jessica Turner in New York.

UCSI University has achieved another feather in its cap – it is the only Malaysian university to receive an award from Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

The university was awarded the “QS Recognition for Improvement” during the ranking publication’s first Certificate of Recognition awards at the 7th edition of the EduData Summit 2022 in New York, the United States.

The award, accepted by UCSI University Kuala Lumpur campus pro vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Toh Kian Kok, was for showcasing continuous improvement in rankings on average in World University Rankings 2023.

This recognition follows on the heels of the university climbing 63 spots to 284 to be placed among the world’s top 0.9% universities.

The university entered the QS World University Rankings exercise in 2019 and became Malaysia’s best private university for two years in a row, according to the QS World University Rankings 2019 and 2020.

“This award is a testament to our dedication to academic achievements since our establishment in 1986,” said UCSI University vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir.

“This recognition will enable UCSI to create new opportunities for future collaboration with local and international partners,” she said.

“Over the years, UCSI University has transformed itself into a world-class research-intensive institution with a focus on inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches in academics and research.

“Continuous improvement is part of our culture at UCSI University and as an institution of higher education, it is our duty to serve our community by providing the best educational opportunities for our students.

“We hope that the recognition will attract other academic institutions to engage with UCSI University to participate in research development, academic improvement, SDG initiatives and nation-building efforts,” said Prof Siti Hamisah.

“This recognition reflects UCSI University’s dedication towards the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals,” she added.

The university is now recognised as the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development by United Nations University. It is the first private university in Malaysia to be so acknowledged.

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