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by StudyMalaysia.com on June 7, 2016 | Top Stories

Soaring upwards – the achievements of higher education institutions in Malaysia

From world university rankings to national policies on openness to international higher education, Malaysian higher education institutions are making their mark globally.

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) and the [email protected] programme. In iCGPA, a matrix is used to display the GPAs for eight specific attributes: knowledge, practical skills, social skills and responsibility, ethics and values, communication, problem solving, information management, and entrepreneurship.

The [email protected] programme has seen an increase in public-private sector collaboration where CEOs are appointed as adjunct professors. Some of the companies participating in this initiative are AirAsia, Huawei Malaysia, Novartis Corporation, Shell Malaysia, Samsung, B Braun, CIMB group, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Maybank, Redtone International, Motorola Solutions, Asian Finance Bank, COMOS, and others.

These are just a couple of examples of the ongoing strategies carried out in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) that has helped Malaysian higher education institutions improve the quality of higher education experience for its students. The infographic shows the highlights of higher education achievements of public and private universities in Malaysia.

Higher education achievements for public universities in Malaysia

Soaring upwards – the achievements of higher education institutions in Malaysia

20 public universities in Malaysia Research grants
5 research universities

Total allocation RM226 million (as at Sep 2015)

4 MTUN (TVET) Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
11 comprehensive universities Transdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme (TRGS)
14 HiCOEs Prototype Development Research Grant Scheme (PRGS)
HiCOE – Higher institution centre of excellence Long Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS)
MTUN – Malaysian Technical University Network Research Acculturation Grant Scheme (RAGS)
TVET – Technical and vocational education and training Research Acculturation Collaborative Effort (RACE)
  • 34 polytechnics
  • 94 community colleges
Research Incentive Grant Ministry of Higher Education (GSP-MoHE)

Soaring upwards – the achievements of higher education institutions in Malaysia

QS World University Rankings 2015/16

5 public universities on the QS World University Rankings 2015/16

Upward trend in the QS World University Rankings

Universiti Malaya, 146 In the world:

2013

2014

2015

Universiti Sains Malaysia, 289 Universiti Malaya 167 151 146
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 303 Universiti Sains Malaysia 355 309 289
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 312 Universiti Putra Malaysia 411 370 331
Universiti Putra Malaysia, 331

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

Universiti Malaya

  • Development Studies, 30
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering, 37

Top 100:

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

Universiti Sains Malaysia

  • Chemical Engineering, 40

Top 100:

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

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Top 100:

  • Architecture/ Built Environment
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Top 100:

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

Universiti Putra Malaysia

Top 100: Agriculture & Forestry

Soaring upwards – the achievements of higher education institutions in Malaysia

Upward trend in QS World University Rankings by Faculty

Engineering & Technology

Social Sciences & Management

University 2014 2015 University 2014 2015
Universiti Malaya 83 54 Universiti Malaya 123 69
Universiti Sains Malaysia 122 85 Universiti Sains Malaysia 161 89
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 134 100 Universiti Putra Malaysia 232 152
Universiti Putra Malaysia 161 133 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 196 161
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 186 149 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 283 211
Universiti Teknologi Petronas 335 288 Universiti Teknologi MARA 350 327

Did you know?

For Life Sciences & Medicine, University of Malaya is ranked 48th in the world for Academic Reputation

Soaring upwards – the achievements of higher education institutions in Malaysia

QS Stars University Ratings 2015

QS World University Rankings 2015

Top 50 Under 50

Universiti Malaya, 5 stars

Universiti Sains Malaysia

26
Universiti Teknologi Petronas, 4 stars Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 30
Universiti Malaysia Perlis, 3 stars Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 32
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 3 stars Universiti Putra Malaysia 38

Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, 2 stars

Universiti Islam Antarabangsa      (91-100)

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings

5 public universities ranked for the first time

BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016

Top 500: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 56

Top 800:

Universiti Putra Malaysia

103
 

Universiti Sains Malaysia  

112
  Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 158

Soaring upwards – the achievements of higher education institutions in Malaysia

Academia-Industry Collaboration

Thomson Reuters' 'World's Most Influential Scientific Minds'

3 researchers recognised as ‘World’s most influential scientific minds 2015’

  • Professor Dato’ Ir  Dr Wan Ramli Wan Daud, Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Professor Dr Siti Kartom Kamarudin, Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Professor Dr Bassim H Hameed, Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Research and publications

Research in Islamic banking

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

11% of global Islamic finance research is contributed by International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (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)

Thomson Reuters Malaysia's Rising Star Award: Top 1% in the World

National Policies on Openness to International Higher Education

14 Malaysian academicians were bestowed the Thomson Reuters "Rising Star" award in 2015.

These 14 academicians were recognized for emerging as the top 1% researchers with the most cited papers in their respective fields, in the world

Germany and Malaysia emerge the best performers in a major British Council research that looks at national policies on openness to international higher education

Soaring upwards – the achievements of higher education institutions in Malaysia

Private higher education institutions in Malaysia have begun making their mark in rankings

Private higher education institutions, > 500

Foreign university branch campuses, 9

QS World University Rankings Asia

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

Universiti Teknologi Petronas, 151

Top 250:

Universiti Teknologi Petronas

Top 150: Chemical Engineering

Top 200: Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering

Top 250: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Top 350: Computer Science & Information Systems

 

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Top 200: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Top 350: Computer Science & Information Systems

QS Stars University Ratings 2015

QS World University Rankings Asia

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

Universiti Teknologi Petronas, 4 stars

Sunway University

  • Learning, 5 stars
  • Employability, 5 stars
  • Facilities, 5 stars

Source:

  • “Moving Forward – Higher Education in Malaysia”, speech delivered by Dato’ Prof Dr Asma Ismail, Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia at the Victoria-Southeast Asia Higher Education Forum, 19 & 20 May 2016
  • “Soaring Upwards – Malaysian Higher Education”, speech delivered by Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Higher Education Minister at the 20th Malaysian Education Summit, 14 April 2016
  • Study in Malaysia Handbook (10th edition) – to be released soon

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