PETALING JAYA: The latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject sees two more Malaysian programmes placing among the top 100 universities for the study of their academic subject.
A total of 32 programmes made the 2021 instalment of the rankings with Universiti Malaya (UM) entering the top 100 for Environmental Sciences - ranking 89th - and Pharmacy and Pharmacology - ranking 97th.
UM also remains the top-ranked local institution, appearing in 36 subject tables and sitting in the top 100 for 15 of them.
Universiti Sains Malaysia has also entered the top 100 and sits at 75th for Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
This year, 12 Malaysian programmes entered the QS World University Rankings by Subject for the first time.
The most noteworthy are UCSI University’s Hospitality and Leisure Management department, which enters in the 51-100 band; and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s (UTM) Mineral and Mining Engineering course, which enters in the 51-60 band.
UTM also ranks 41st for Petroleum Engineering.
Taylor’s University is the highest ranked Malaysian institute sitting at the 17th rank for Hospitality and Leisure Management.
The second highest is Universiti Teknologi Petronas, which places 23rd for Petroleum Engineering.
UM follows by rising six places to 32nd for Library and Information Management and International Islamic University Malaysia, which has risen four places to 33rd for Theology, Divinity, and Religious Studies.
The sectors with the most Malaysian higher education institutions ranked are Business and Management with 13 institutions, Electrical and Electronic Engineering with 12 institutions and Computer Science and Information Systems with 11 institutions.
The 11th edition of the global university performance comparison sees 178 programmes at 20 Malaysian higher education institutions, across 51 academic disciplines making the list.
According to QS Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), there has also been a year-on-year increase in both the number of local programmes achieving the top 100 and top 200 ranks.
QS spokesman Jack Moran said: “Over the last five years, key stakeholders in Malaysian higher education have worked hard to improve the international visibility and cross-border collaborations of its universities.”
He added that in order for Malaysia to continue improving in the rankings and sustaining its improving global reputation, “It is imperative to ensure that high-quality Malaysian research is submitted to reputable journals, which will have much stronger, enduring positive effects on the sector’s outcomes.”
The ranking is compiled by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds and provides an independent comparative analysis on the performance of 13,883 individual university programmes, taken by students at 1,440 universities in 85 locations across the world, across 51 academic disciplines and five broad faculty areas.
QS categorises their 51 narrow subjects into five broad faculty areas: Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and Management.
They produce rankings for all 51 narrow subjects, and also produce a ranking for each broad "faculty area".