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Malaysia’s Higher education achievements 2017 - World University Rankings of HEIs

by StudyMalaysia.com on July 21, 2017 | Higher Education in Malaysia

Malaysia’s Higher education achievements 2017 - World University Rankings of HEIs - StudyMalaysia.com

Introducing various initiatives

The government of Malaysia is committed in providing the best and the highest quality of higher education to its students. Several initiatives have been introduced to produce holistic graduates with balanced traits and an edge in entrepreneurship.

Some of the initiatives that have already been implemented include the iCGPA (Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average), the CEO@Faculty Programme, 2u2i (2 years in university, 2 year in industry), MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning), and TVET: Modular & Stackable. Here’s a quick overview of these initiatives:

In iCGPA, a holistic approach is used to assess students across eight doamins: knowledge, practical skills, social skills and responsibility, ethics and values, communication, problem-solving, information management, and entrepreneurship. The iCGPA enbles students to identify their strengths and rectify their weaknesses. It also gives universities better feedback that allows more opportunities for improvement.

The CEO@Faculty programme. has seen an increase in public-private sector collaboration where CEOs are appointed as adjunct professors to mentor university students and lecturers. Some of the companies participating in this initiative are AirAsia, Huawei Malaysia, Novartis Corporation, Shell, Samsung, B Braun, CIMB group, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Maybank, Sime Darby, UEM, Redtone International, Motorola Solutions, Asian Finance Bank, COMOS, and others.

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2u2i (2 years in university, 2 years in industry) is a work-based learning (WBL) programme which provides undergraduate students with enhanced industry exposure during the course of their studies. Students spend two years focusing on theoretical aspects of the course and two years applying their knowledge in industry. Supported by industry, the 2u2i programme also aims to inculcate an entrepreneurial spirit in students.

One of the shifts in the Malaysian Education Blueprint calls for ‘Globalised Online Learning’. In line with this, the Ministry launched ‘Malaysia MOOCs’ (Massive Open Online Courses) - the world’s first nationally coordinated online learning initiative which aims to encourage online learning among Malaysians and diversify the classroom experience.

Another initiative is APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). Introduced by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), APEL encourages lifelong learning and widens higher education accessibility to Malaysians by recognizing prior experiential learning (including work and relevant experience).

The last initiative is targeted at the skills sector. TVET: Modular & Stackable offers a dynamic and flexible education system where individuals can choose the skills and knowledge they want to acquire, while spreading out the time in which they acquire them, based on their level of readiness, experience and need.

In summary, these are some examples of the ongoing strategies carried out in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher education) that will continue to enable Malaysian higher education institutions to improve the quality of higher education experience for its students. The table shows the highlights of higher education achievements of public universities in Malaysia.

Higher education achievements for public universities in Malaysia

A. Number of public higher educational institutions:

20 public universities in Malaysia
  • 5 research universities
  • 4 MTUN (TVET)
  • 11 comprehensive universities
  • 14 HiCOEs
  • 618180 students
  • 32079 academicians
HiCOE – Higher institution Centre of Excellence
MTUN – Malaysian Technical University Network
TVET – Technical and vocational education and training
34 polytechnics 94 community colleges
  • 89503 students
  • 7916 academicians
  • 21468 students
  • 2836 academicians

B. QS World University Rankings 2016/2017 and 2017/2018

Top 1% in the world, Malaysian research universities 2016-2017

Our research universities are in the TOP 1% in the world (26,000 universities worldwide)

  2016/17 2017/18
Universiti Malaya 133 114
Universiti Putra Malaysia 270 229
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 288 253
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 302 230
Universiti Sains Malaysia 330 264

*Based on the current world university rankings, Malaysia’s research universities are among the top 1% best universities in the world out of approximately 26,000 universities worldwide.

Top 50 under 50 2016-2017

Four of our research universities which are founded less than 50 years ago, are ranked top 25

  2016 2017
Universiti Putra Malaysia 17 15
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 26 16
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 25 21
Universiti Sains Malaysia 33 23

Ranking in ASEAN 

Malaysia represents five out of the eight top universities in ASEAN.

Country University Ranking (2017/2018)
Singapore Nanyang Techonological University 1
Singapore National University of Singapore 2
Malaysia Universiti Malaya 3
Malaysia Universiti Putra Malaysia 4
Malaysia Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 5
Thailand Chulalongkorn University 6
Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 7
Malaysia Universiti Sains Malaysia 8

University Ranking in Asia

University 2015 2016
Universiti Malaya 29 27
Universiti Putra Malaysia 66 49
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 56 55
Universiti Sains Malaysia 49 51
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 61 63

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016/2017

Ranking by subject for the following research universities and IIUM:

Universiti Malaya

2017

Top 50:

  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering (23)
  • Development Studies (26)
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (33)
  • Chemical Engineering (38)
  • Education (41)

2016

Top 51 - 100:

  • Architecture/ Built Environment
  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • English Language & Literature
  • Linguistics
Universiti Sains Malaysia

2017

Top 50:

  • Hospitality & Leisure Management (32)
  • Mineral & Mining Engineering (35)
  • Chemical Engineering (38)
  • Environmental Sciences (49)

2016

Top 51 – 100:

  • Architecture/ Built Environment
  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Education
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

2017

Top 51 – 100:

  • Architecture/ Built Environment
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering

2016

Top 51 – 100:

  • Architecture/ Built Environment
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

2017

Top 51 – 100:

  • Architecture/ Built Environment
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Education
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • English Language & Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Social Policy & Administration
  • Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies   

2016

Top 51 – 100:

  • Architecture/ Built Environment
  • Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Social Policy & Administration
Universiti Putra Malaysia

2017

Top 51 – 100:

  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering

2016

Top 100:

  • Agriculture & Forestry
International Islamic University Malaysia

2017

Top 50:

  • Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies (46)

Upward trend in QS World University Rankings by Faculty

Ranking by faculty for the following research universities:

Arts & Humanities 2015 2016 2017
Universiti Malaya 159 127 85
Universiti Sains Malaysia 228 191 144
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - 372 296
Universiti Putra Malaysia - 295 223
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 196 179 135
Engineering & Technology 2015 2016 2017
Universiti Malaya 83 54 35
Universiti Sains Malaysia 122 85 93
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 134 100 90
Universiti Putra Malaysia 161 133 145
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 186 149 135
Life Sciences & Medicine 2015 2016 2017
Universiti Malaya 298 249 164
Universiti Sains Malaysia 327 254 269
Universiti Putra Malaysia 340 311 289
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 291 355 295
Natural Science 2015 2016 2017
Universiti Malaya 367 217 188
Universiti Sains Malaysia 337 226 232
Universiti Putra Malaysia 356 256 276
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - 363 369
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - - 378
Social Siences & Management 2015 2016 2017
Universiti Malaya 123 69 71
Universiti Sains Malaysia 161 89 106
Universiti Putra Malaysia 232 152 187
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 196 161 146
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 283 211 204

Did You Know?

For Life Science & Medicine, Universiti Malaya is Ranked 48th in the world for Academic Reputation


QS Stars University Ratings 2017 

Stars rating for the following research universities:

Universities with a QS 5-star rating

C. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Malaysian research universities

World University Rankings

Rank 601- 800:

Asia University Rankings 2017

Rank University
59 University of Malaya (UM)
121-130 Universiti Putra Malaysia
121-130 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
151-160 Universiti Sains Malaysia
161-170 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Young University Rankings 2017

Rank University
101-150 Universiti Putra Malaysia
101-150 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
151-200 Universiti Sains Malaysia
151-200 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings

Social Siences & Management 2016 2017
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 56 100
Universiti Putra Malaysia 103 89
Universiti Sains Malaysia 112 114
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 158 136

D. Research and publications

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Ranked 23rd

  • Malaysia is ranked 23rd for world scholarly outputs indexed in SCOPUS in 2014
  • Malaysia is #7 on the ‘Top 30 Asia Pacific Countries’ ranked by number of scholarly output, 2011-2015

No. 1 in Islamic Banking Research

  • 11% of global Islamic finance research is contributed by INCEIF & International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA)
  • 11% of the world’s Islamic Banking publications come from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
  • According to the SCOPUS database, IIUM ranks No. 1 for the publication of Islamic

INCEIF - Top in ISI Index

According to the ICD-Thomson Reuters Islamic Finance Development Report released in November 2014, International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) is the TOP contributor in research for Islamic Finance degree and courses

Malaysia: The best performer in quality assurance and recognition policy

A British Council survey on “Shape of Global Higher Education: National Policies Framework for International Engagement” has named Malaysia as the best performer in national policies on quality assurance and recognition, along with Germany, Australia, and United Kingdom.

E. Malaysia’s U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems 2017

Malaysia’s higher education system has improved 11 places within six years.

Year Rank
2012 36
2013 26
2014 28
2015 28
2016 27
2017 25

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