Universiti Putra Malaysia joins Times Higher Education ranking at 78th place


PETALING JAYA: Another Malaysian university has joined the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Ranking 2021.

Universiti Putra Malaysia has broken into the top 100, climbing from 106th to 78th place in the latest edition of the ranking featuring a record 606 institutions this year.

Additionally, Universiti Teknologi Petronas is 62nd on the list.

The top Malaysian institution remains Universiti Malaya at 31st place, though it has dropped nine spots from the 22nd rank it held in 2020.

Other Malaysian universities in the rankings are Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (108th), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (112th), Universiti Sains Malaysia (120th), Universiti Utara Malaysia (121st), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (144th), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (165th) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (351-400).

Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Multimedia Universiti sit in the 401-500 band, while Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka and Universiti Teknologi Mara are in the 501+ band.

THE said Chinese universities dominate the top five spots for the first time since the rankings began in 2014.

The top three universities are Tsinghua University, Peking University and Zhejiang University respectively.

It also said the ranking demonstrates the growing strength of secondary emerging countries, heavily driven by Pakistan, China, and Russia.

“Emerging economies universities are improving faster than those in developed countries or regions around the rest of the world, ” it said in a statement yesterday (March 9).

THE chief knowledge officer Phil Baty said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of changes for higher education, with many turning to online learning and teaching and fewer students travelling internationally.

“We are looking forward to seeing how universities from emerging economies position themselves in the upcoming year, and the opportunities they offer both internally and on a global scale, ” he added.

The ranking includes institutions in countries or regions classified by the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE Group as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” or “frontier”.

This year’s rankings feature universities from 48 countries and regions, 14% more than in 2020 (533), as 86 universities made their debut.

The full ranking can be found at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-

rankings/2021/emerging-economies-university-rankings

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