UM remains top Malaysian university in QS World University Rankings 2024


PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) continues its reign, for the sixth consecutive year, as Malaysia’s top university in the QS World University Rankings 2024.

It is also the only Malaysian varsity to be listed among the top 100 globally, climbing five spots to sit at 65th, in the 20th edition of the rankings.

Coming in second is Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) which moved six spots from 143rd to 137th, sharing the rank with University of Science and Technology of China.

Malaysia’s other research universities - Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (158th), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (159th) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (188th) - round up the institutions listed in the top 200.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s University maintains its position as the top private university in Malaysia, ranking 284th, followed by UCSI University at 300th.

A total of four Malaysian universities made their debut in the rankings including INTI International University (joint 556th rank with Florida International University, United States), Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (621-630 band), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (both in the 1201-1400 band).

A record-high number of 28 Malaysian higher education institutions (HEIs) were ranked this year.

Overall, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States continues to dominate the ranking for the 12th year, while the United Kingdom’s University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, maintains its second place and University of Oxford rises to third.

The National University of Singapore (8th) enters the top 10, marking a historic achievement for an Asian institution.

The QS World University Rankings 2024 is the largest with 1,503 institutions ranked, up from 1,418 institutions last year.

This year, QS has introduced three new metrics - Sustainability, Employment Outcomes and International Research Network and recalibrated the weighting of certain existing indicators, namely Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, and Faculty Student Ratio.

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