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QS World University Rankings® 2021

by StudyMalaysia.com on June 11, 2020 | Top Stories

QS World University Rankings® 2021 - StudyMalaysia.com

In the world’s top universities this year ranked by QS World University Rankings® 2021, Malaysia has five universities ranked among the world’s top 200.

The results for the QS World University Rankings® 2021 which were released on 9 June 2020 ranked 1029 universities from 82 different locations. Among the highlights of the seventeenth edition of the QS World University Rankings® are:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology is named the world's best university for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year
  • The top 3 universities in the world are the same from the previous two years
  • Universiti Malaya reaches a record high at 59th place
  • Asia's top university is the National University of Singapore (11th)
  • China's Tsinghua University reaches a new all-time high (15th)

There were no newcomers in the top 10 universities. Here’s the top 10 list:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
  2. Stanford University, United States
  3. Harvard University, United States
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States
  5. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  6. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  7. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  8. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  9. University of Chicago, United States
  10. University College London, United Kingdom

In Malaysia, a total of 20 universities were ranked this year with Universiti Malaya moving up to 59th position, improving 11 places and recording its highest ever rank. Most of the other universities showed a marked improvement in their rankings from the previous year.

Among the public universities, Universiti Teknologi Petronas had the biggest jump from a ranking of 482 to 439, followed by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia from 217 to 187. The best performer among the private universities is Taylor’s university at 379, rising from the 511-520 band in last year’s ranking. UCSI is the next highest ranked private university in Malaysia at 391.

2021 Ranking 2020 Ranking 2019 Ranking University
59 70 87 Universiti Malaya (UM)
132 159 202 Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
141 160 184 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
142 165 207 Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
=187 217 228 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
379 511-520 601-650 Taylor’s University
391 442 481 UCSI University
=439 482 521-530 Universiti Teknologi Petronas (Petronas)
531-540 591-600 601-650 Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
551-560 541-550 - Management and Science University
601-650 651-700 651-700 International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
651-700 651-700 751-800 Universiti Teknologi MARA – UiTM
701-750 751-800 - Sunway University
701-750 801-1000 701-750 Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
751-800 751-800 - Universiti Malaysia Pahang
801-1000 801-1000 801-1000 Multimedia University (MMU)
801-1000 801-1000 - Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
801-1000 801-1000 - Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
801-1000 701-750 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis
801-1000 801-1000 - Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)

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