Wee praises UTAR, UM in rankings


  • Education
  • Sunday, 15 Sep 2019

Wee congratulates UTAR for maintaining its position in the rankings.

IT is commendable that Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) has maintained its position in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong. The MCA presidnt also applauded UTAR for being the second best in the country after Universiti Malaya (UM).

“I would also like to congratulate UM for maintaining its position in the 301-350 band.

“Under the top 20 universities in Asean, UM is in third place after the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU),” he said in a Facebook post.

Wee was commenting on the rankings released on Thursday.

UTAR is in the 501-600 band.

UTAR, he added, is a non-profit institution that serves the needs of the community.

Its affordable fees enable the children of middle class families to pursue their studies.

The university, he added, is currently building its hospital.

Located within the Kampar Campus, the hospital will eventually house 500 beds for western medicine, and 100 beds for traditional and complementary medicine.

“I am sure that under the leadership of its new president Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat, UTAR will continue to be successful and celebrate more achievements in the future,” he said.

Prof Ewe took over as UTAR president and chief executive officer following Prof Tan Sri Dr Chuah Hein Teik’s retirement.

In the rankings, UM is the top Malaysian institution and is third in Asean following the NUS and NTU, which are ranked 25th and in joint 48th place with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign respectively.

Malaysia improves its representation in this year’s ranking, claiming 13 places overall, up from 11 last year.

These are UM, UTAR, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Multimedia University and Universiti Teknologi Mara.

On Malaysia’s performance, THE chief knowledge officer Phil Baty said it is an encouraging sign that Malaysian institutions have been able to expand their representation in this year’s rankings.

The University of Oxford tops the global rankings for the fourth year running, while the California Institute of Technology is second followed by the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Now in its 16th year, the ranking includes a total 1,396 institutions across 92 countries and regions (up from 1,258 universities across 86 territories last year).

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