UKM ranked second among Malaysian universities


Doing well: UKM’s Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology and Social Sciences & Management subjects are positioned in the top 250 in the world.

SEVEN of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) subjects were ranked second in Malaysia in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

Some of these subjects include Medicine, Communication & Media Studies, and Law.

In addition, 12 subjects in the Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Science & Medicine, Natural Science, and Social Science & Management categories were ranked globally in the top 200.

The rankings, compiled by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, provide analysis on the performance of 13,138 individual university programmes taken by students at 1,368 universities.

The universities can be found in 83 locations across the world,  across 48 academic disciplines and five broad faculty areas.  

“Three of UKM’s broad subject areas, Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology and Social Sciences & Management, are positioned in the top 250 in the world.

“As a research university, UKM adheres to its comprehensive university status by being ranked in these five broad subjects, ” the varsity said in a statement.

Placed among top universities in the world and being in the top five universities locally, UKM will continue to deliver high quality education and pursue excellence in innovative research for the future, the statement read.

QS spokesperson Jack Moran said the progress made by Malaysia’s higher education system over the last five years is achieved through strong strategic focus on transnational education.

This, he said, has enabled Malaysian universities to forge transformational global partnerships and enhance their institutional profiles across the world.

“We have seen the positive results of this strategising in our rankings, and continue to do so this year through the top 50 ranks achieved by UM and its peers, ” he said.

This progress, he added, cannot be expected to continue without further improvements in graduate employability.

Moran said pedagogical innovation and creating stronger partnerships with employers will be crucial to ensure Malaysia’s universities cultivate graduates who are desired by employers across the world.

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