Local varsities in global list


UCSI University broke into the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2018 for the first time, ranked comfortably within the 51-100 bracket in the subject of Performing Arts.

“Finishing in the the top 100 out of 1,182 other universities and institutions worldwide is gratifying as it recognises our 28 years of hard work,” said UCSI’s Institute of Music director Prof Dr P’ng Tean Hwa.

“It wasn’t always smooth sailing for us and we had to prove a point in the early days that music could indeed lead to promising careers.

“We always work hand-in-hand with our students so this milestone belongs to our alumni and our students, just as much as it belongs to the teaching staff.

“We will continue working hard to build on this as we seek to improve our global standing. We endeavour to be a preferred choice, not only for Malaysians, but for students from around the world,” he said.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject released on Thursday, compiled by the company that also produces the annual QS World University Rankings, highlights the world’s top universities for the study of 48 subjects.

Twelve of Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) subjects are listed in the rankings.

These are Architecture and Built Environment, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and Information Systems, Agriculture and Forestry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Chemistry, Accounting and Finance, Business and Management Studies and Education.

“All the subjects were listed based on their performances in four indicators, namely academic peer reputation, graduate reputation by employers, the amount of Scopus indexed cited articles within five years and the H-index, also extracted from Scopus.

“The H-index is a measure of a scholar’s productivity and citation impact in their own field,” said UiTM vice-chancellor Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Hassan Said.

UiTM has also shown improvement in four subject areas, namely Social Sciences and Management, Engineering and Technology, Arts and Humanities and Life Sciences and Medicine.

The Life Sciences and Medicine subject has been ranked for the first time in the 451-500 bracket.

Taylor’s University is the highest ranked, rising eight places to 21st for Hospitality and Leisure Management.

Taylor’s University vice-chancellor and president Prof Michael Driscoll said: “Achieving number 21 in the world ranking speaks volume of our distinctive strengths - the outstanding teaching quality, excellent student experience delivered in a world class environment, high level of graduate employability and our unparalleled relationship with the industry.”

It is another global milestone for Taylor’s University, he added.

Taylor’s University Faculty of Hospitality, Food and Leisure Management executive dean Dr Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan said this recognition signals that the faculty is on the right track to achieve global excellence.

“Last year we made history by becoming the first Malaysian private university to enter the top 50 of the rankings when we made it to top 30 in the world. This year we did even better, which signals that we are on the right track,” he said.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh congratulated the universities on their commendable performance.

“In 2014, we only had one subject that entered the rankings, followed by two in 2015, three in 2016, 11 last year and 10 this year.

“While overall it is one subject less compared to 2017, it is nevertheless a strong outcome and consistency shown. What’s important now is for our universities to analyse this outcome, benchmark against other universities and look towards continuous improvement to provide the best education possible,” he said.

For more information, visit https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2018.


   

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