Done well despite national demands

DESPITE having to shoulder the duty of upholding the government’s policies and ensuring their successful implementation – which universities in other countries may not be subjected to – Universiti Malaya (UM) has performed very well in the international arena.  

UM is widely recognised worldwide in the fields of Biomedical Engineering Science, and the Arts and Humanities. In biomedical engineering science, for example, UM has successfully conducted numerous world-class academic activities.  

With regards to UM's world ranking this year at number 169 compared to 89 last year, it must be noted that this time, the evaluation criteria is more encompassing and comprehensive.  

As a result, many other universities’ positions have also been affected. Marks obtained by the assessed universities are high, reflecting their excellent performances. Only the best 200 universities are listed and UM is in the list.  

UM should be congratulated for its excellent performance at the international level. I hope that everybody, including those in UM, will continue to support the university to achieve a better performance in the future.  

As UM is an icon of Malaysia, I feel that it is the duty of every concerned citizen of this country to defend its image and continue to support it for the good of our country.  

PROF DR MOHAMAD ROM TAMJIS Dean, Engineering Faculty Universiti Malaya  

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