UM is still country's top university

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  • Friday, 04 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) is still the top university in the country.

According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021, the country’s oldest university sits in the 301-350 band, followed by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in the 501-600 band.

The other four research universities, Universiti Kebangsaaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, are in the 601-800 band.

Universiti Teknologi Petronas and Universiti Utara Malaysia also sit in the 601-800 band.

The other Malaysian institutions in the 17th edition of the rankings are Universiti Tenaga Nasional (801-1000), Universiti Kuala Lumpur (1,001+), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (1,001+), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (1,001+), Multimedia University (1,001+), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (1,001+) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (1,001+).

This year, Malaysia improved its representation, claiming 15 places overall, up from 13 last year.

The two new entrants are Universiti Kuala Lumpur and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka.

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

The 2021 edition of the rankings include 1,527 universities from 93 countries and regions, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date.

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