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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

by StudyMalaysia.com on March 20, 2019 | Top Stories

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 - StudyMalaysia.com

Released on 27 Feb, the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 showcases a ranking of 1,200 of the world’s universities from 78 countries. Its rankings include a total of 48 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas – Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. The rankings are carried out based on a methodology which assesses each school on factors such as academic and employer reputations. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics are also used to rank the universities.

Overall, most subjects recorded a lower ranking than last year with only four Malaysian departments ranking among the top 50 in the world for their subject. In 2018, nine departments made it to the top 50 in the world. The four subjects with top 50 ranking are:

Development Studies Universiti Malaya (UM) 38
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Universiti Malaya (UM) 47
Hospitality and Leisure Management Taylor’s University 14
Library and Information Management Universiti Malaya (UM) =31

Although 157 Malaysian university departments were ranked, only 26 made it into the top 100. This was evident in the individual department rankings which showed that only 11 departments had better rankings whereas a drop in position was recorded in 76 departments this year.

Out of the 48 specific subjects, five public universities – IIUM, UM, UPM, USM and UTM – and two private universities, Taylor’s University and UCSI, were ranked among the top 100 across 20 subjects.

Specific subject Institution 2019 ranking
Agriculture and Forestry Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) 51-100
Architecture / Built Environment Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) 51-100
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 51-100
Art and Design Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Business and Management Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Chemical Engineering Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 51-100
Civil and Structural Engineering Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 51-100
Communication and Media Studies Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Computer Science Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Development Studies Universiti Malaya (UM) 38
Education Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Universiti Malaya (UM) 47
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 51-100
English Language and Literature Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Geography Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Hospitality and Leisure Management Taylor’s University 14
Library and Information Management Universiti Malaya (UM) =31
Linguistics Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Performing Arts UCSI University 51-100
Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Sports-related subjects Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100
Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) 51-100
Universiti Malaya (UM) 51-100

Nonetheless, according to QS research director Ben Sowter, Malaysia showed a positive result for a young nation – Malaysia ranked 22nd globally for the number of university departments featured out of the 78 countries represented in this edition of the rankings.

Here’s the list of all Malaysian institutions that made it to the 2019 rankings according to broad subject area.

Broad subject area Institution 2019 ranking 2018 ranking
Arts and Humanities Universiti Malaya (UM) =99 =65
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) =168 =113
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) 212 =91
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) =253 152
Universiti Teknologi MARA - UiTM =383 239
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia =393 =272
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) 451-500 401-450
Engineering and Technology Universiti Malaya (UM) =38 =22
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia =85 =53
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) =123 =60
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) =135 88
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) =142 86
Universiti Teknologi Petronas (Petronas) =221 =145
Universiti Teknologi MARA - UiTM =290 =180
Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) =398 =255
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) 401-450 =371
Universiti Malaysia Pahang 401-450 not ranked
Life Sciences and Medicine Universiti Malaya (UM) =182 =154
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) =326 =249
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) =326 234
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) =360 =280
Natural Sciences Universiti Malaya (UM) 137 =141
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) =223 =197
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) =231 =215
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia =289 =311
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) =294 =317
Social Sciences Universiti Malaya (UM) =55 =45
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) =134 92
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) =144 =63
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) =166 =99
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 226 =122
Universiti Teknologi MARA - UiTM =324 =198
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) =376 =323
Taylor’s University =395 not ranked
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) 401-450 =211

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