by StudyMalaysia.com on July 21, 2017 | Higher Education in Malaysia
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.
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|
MTUN – Malaysian Technical University Network
TVET – Technical and vocational education and training
|34 polytechnics||94 community colleges|
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)
|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
|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.
|Singapore||Nanyang Techonological University||1|
|Singapore||National University of Singapore||2|
|Malaysia||Universiti Putra Malaysia||4|
|Malaysia||Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia||5|
|Malaysia||Universiti Teknologi Malaysia||7|
|Malaysia||Universiti Sains Malaysia||8|
University Ranking in Asia
|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:
Top 51 - 100:
|Universiti Sains Malaysia|
Top 51 – 100:
|Universiti Teknologi Malaysia|
Top 51 – 100:
Top 51 – 100:
|Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia|
Top 51 – 100:
Top 51 – 100:
|Universiti Putra Malaysia|
Top 51 – 100:
|International Islamic University Malaysia|
Upward trend in QS World University Rankings by Faculty
Ranking by faculty for the following research universities:
|Arts & Humanities||2015||2016||2017|
|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 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 Sains Malaysia||327||254||269|
|Universiti Putra Malaysia||340||311||289|
|Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia||291||355||295|
|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 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
|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
|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
- 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.
- Education Guide Malaysia (15th edition 2017/2018), Chapter 2
- Study in Malaysia Handbook (10th international edition)
- Soaring Upwards Ministry of Higher Education 2015-2017, produced by MOHE
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