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Nine Universities In Malaysia Make The Asia University Rankings - Times Higher Education Publishes List Of Top 300 Asia Universities In 2017

March 20, 2017 | National News

Kuala Lumpur – 16 March 2017 – The Times Higher Education (THE) has today published the Asia University Rankings. Malaysia has nine institutions in the top 300 with its highest ranking institution a new entrant, the University of Malaya, placed 59th. It is joined by another new entrant, the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (in the 111-120 cohort) in the top 120.

For the second year running, Singapore’s National University and China’s Peking University ranked first and second respectively. Only two Japanese institutions appear in the top 20, despite the country’s strong representation in the rankings with 69 universities included – almost a quarter (23%). After China with six universities in the top 20, Hong Kong and South Korea are well-represented with five institutions each.

Institution Rank 2017 Rank 2016
University of Malaya 59 NR
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) 111-120 NR
Universiti Putra Malaysia 121-130 121–130
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 121-130 =70
Universiti Teknologi Petronas 141-150 NR
Universiti Sains Malaysia 151-160 141–150
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 161-170 161–170
Universiti Teknologi MARA 251+ NR
Universiti Utara Malaysia 251+ NR

Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said:

“It is great news that Malaysia has more than doubled its representation in this year’s ranking of Asia’s best universities, claiming nine places in the top-300 list (up from four last year). The University of Malaya is the nation’s number one institution at 59th place after taking part for the first time this year. The data show that it has a particularly strong international outlook when compared to other leading universities in the continent; it ranks 20th when measured on this indicator alone. Malaysia’s second-ranked university, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in the 111-120 band, is also a newcomer.

“Malaysia’s success in this year’s ranking is partly due to expanding the table to include 300 universities, up from 200 last year. But it is also impressive that the country has done so well despite the increased competition and Malaysia’s own issues around funding. The only Malaysian university that has seriously declined is its former number one Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, which drops from 70 th to the 121-130 band, due to lower scores in terms of its research influence (citations).

“Malaysia invests a huge amount in higher education and has marketed itself as a knowledge economy and innovation hub in recent years. Student enrolment has also risen by 70 per cent in the past decade and the country has one of the fastest growth rates in research paper outputs in the world. With a GDP per capita (PPP World Bank 2015) of $26,950, well above the world average of $15,546, Malaysia is also becoming a wealthy country.

“However, the nation’s public universities were hit by a 15 per cent budget cut last year, after the economy came under pressure from lower oil and commodity prices. University Teknologi MARA, for example, faced a cut of over 23 per cent. The nation also performs poorly in terms of its availability of higher education; just six per cent of the university-aged population in the country attend one of the nine institutions in the ranking.

“Overall this ranking of Asia’s best 300 universities proves what a dynamic, diverse and competitive higher education region the continent is becoming. Malaysia is a key part of that development but must make sure it does not get left behind.”

Phil Baty continued:

“Singapore is the higher education star of the Southeast Asian region, with its national university topping the ranking for the second year in a row. Its younger sister Nanyang Technological University is not far behind in fourth place, but it drops two places this year despite an improved performance due to stiff competition from China.

“Thailand is also facing a tough contest, with all seven of its established universities dropping down the table, due to other institutions improving at a faster rate.

“But the expansion of the ranking to include 300 universities, up from 200 last year, provides good news elsewhere in the region. Malaysia, for instance, has nine representatives, up from four last year, with its flagship institution, the University of Malaya, debuting at 59th place. Indonesia has also doubled its representation to two. And the Philippines make the table for the first time, with the University of the Philippines joining the 201-250 cohort.

“Overall this ranking of Asia’s best 300 universities proves what a dynamic, diverse and competitive higher education region the continent is becoming – and the southeast Asian region is a key part of that development. It must make sure it doesn’t get left behind.”

The Times Higher Education Top 100 Asia University Rankings 2017

Institution Country Rank 2017 Rank 2016
National University of Singapore Singapore 1 1
Peking University China 2 =2
Tsinghua University China 3 5
Nanyang Technological University Singapore 4 =2
University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 5 4
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong 6 6
University of Tokyo Japan 7 7
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea 8 10
Seoul National University South Korea 9 9
Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea 10 8
Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 11 13
City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 12 16
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea 13 12
Kyoto University Japan 14 11
University of Science and Technology of China China 15 14
Fudan University China 16 19
Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong 17 22
Shanghai Jiao Tong University China 18 =32
Zhejiang University China 19 25
Korea University South Korea 20 =17
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel 21 =17
Tel Aviv University Israel 22 20
King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia 23 26
National Taiwan University Taiwan 24 15
Nanjing University China 25 29
Tohoku University Japan 26 23
Indian Institute of Science India =27 27
Koç University Turkey =27 21
Yonsei University South Korea 29 37
Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan 30 24
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology South Korea 31 =32
Osaka University Japan 32 30
National Tsing Hua University Taiwan =33 35
Sabanc? University Turkey =33 38
Nagoya University Japan 35 34
Kyung Hee University South Korea 36 42
Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel 37 36
Hanyang University South Korea 38 39
National Chiao Tung University Taiwan 39 31
Toyota Technological Institute Japan 40 NR
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan 41 28
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India 42 43
University of Macau Macao =43 50
Veltech University India =43 NR
Kyushu University Japan 45 48
Bilkent University Turkey 46 45
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan =47 41
Sun Yat-sen University China =47 40
Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong =49 44
Wuhan University China =49 =55
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) Japan 51 59
Bogazici University Turkey 52 64
Ewha Womans University South Korea 53 =55
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India =54 60
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia =54 66
King Saud University Saudi Arabia =56 96
University of Tsukuba Japan =56 =46
Hokkaido University Japan 58 49
University of Malaya Malaysia 59 NR
Chung-Ang University South Korea 60 =70
Tongji University China 61 92
Indian Institute of Technology Madras India 62 62
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India 63 101–110
Atilim University Turkey 64 NR
Huazhong University of Science and Technology China 65 =68
University of Ulsan South Korea 66 =52
China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan 67 =46
Bar-Ilan University Israel 68 67
Tokyo Metropolitan University Japan 69 =52
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee India 70 65
Sharif University of Technology Iran 71 =52
China University of Geosciences (Beijing) China =72 NR
Soochow University China =72 78
Southeast University China =72 NR
Renmin University of China China 75 88
Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research United Arab Emirates 76 NR
Harbin Institute of Technology China =77 75
Qatar University Qatar =77 121-130
East China Normal University China =79 83
Istanbul Technical University Turkey =79 91
Xi’an Jiaotong University China 81 =80
Tianjin University China 82 58
United Arab Emirates University United Arab Emirates 83 101–110
East China University of Science and Technology China 84 63
American University of Beirut Lebanon 85 =84
Xiamen University China 86 77
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India 87 51
National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan 88 =68
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Israel 89 79
Pusan National University South Korea 90 =84
Taipei Medical University Taiwan 91 111–120
Beihang University China =92 NR
Iran University of Science and Technology Iran =92 57
Isfahan University of Technology Iran =92 61
Sogang University South Korea 95 101–110
South China University of Technology China 96 89
Mahidol University Thailand 97 90
China Agricultural University China 98 82
National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan =99 =73
Sejong University South Korea =99 111–120

Copyright: Times Higher Education 2017

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