Two more Malaysian universities join THE Young University rankings

PETALING JAYA: Two more Malaysian universities have joined the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Young University rankings bringing the total now to 12.

Universiti Kuala Lumpur and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka made their debut at the 401+ in the 2021 edition of the international rankings that list the world’s best universities under the age of 50.

Universiti Teknologi Petronas remains Malaysia’s best young university at 134th place followed by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (147th) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (157th) rounding up the top three in Malaysia.

These are followed by Universiti Utara Malaysia (161st), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (165th), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (251-300), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (301-350) and Multimedia University (351-400).

Those in the 401+ band are Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka and Universiti Teknologi Mara.

A record 475 universities from 68 countries and regions qualify this year, with a further record of seven countries and regions represented in the top 10.

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University tops the table after moving up one position, becoming the first Singaporean university to claim the top spot since the rankings began in 2012.

THE chief knowledge officer Phil Baty said: “This year, we have seen more universities join the rankings than ever before, and witnessed Nanyang Technological University, Singapore – at barely 30 years old – become the first Singaporean university to achieve the number one spot.”

“While more established universities have had the advantage of time to build powerful reputations, develop generations of successful alumni, accumulate property and wealth and in many cases to become part of their city’s fabric with landmark buildings, the THE Young University Rankings celebrates those using their relative youth as an opportunity to disrupt the status quo,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (June 23).

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