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QS World University Rankings 2022 for Malaysian Universities

by on June 15, 2021 | Top Stories, University Rankings

QS World University Rankings 2022 for Malaysian Universities -

Are you looking for a reputable institution to pursue your tertiary education? Well, you do not have to look too far away as we have established institutions here at our doorstep in Malaysia. Many of our public and private universities offer world-class courses at a much-reduced cost compared to when you have to complete the courses overseas. They offer programmes for students to pursue international degrees at a relatively low cost, saving on both tuition and cost of living.

In the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings 2022 released recently, a total of 1,300 universities located in 97 locations globally were surveyed. A record 22 Malaysian universities made it into the QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2022 with Universiti Malaya ranking 65th.

Five Malaysian universities improve on their rankings when compared to last year’s rankings, namely Taylor’s University which climbed up 47 spots from 379 in the 2021 rankings to 332 in the 2022 rankings, UCSI University which climbed 44 spots from 391 to 347, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) up 25 spots from 439 to 414, Universiti Utara Malaysia from the 531-540 category to 511-520 category, and Sunway University which moved out of the 701-750 bracket to the 651-700 bracket.

QS director of research Ben Sowter expressed optimism for Malaysia’s future in terms of higher education. He continues to commend Malaysian universities on the extraordinary progress that they have made over the last five years. As recently as 2018, Universiti Malaya was not a top-100 university but it has now firmly established itself among the 100 best universities in the world.

“With positive reputational trends and a highly supportive government, we expect that future years will see Malaysian higher education reach new heights,” Ben Sowter added.

University rankings are compiled based on six indicators, namely

  • Academic Reputation based on survey responses from 130,000 academics, *
  • Employer Reputation based on 75,000 employers’ survey responses on the relationship between institutions and graduates’ employability,
  • Citations Per Faculty,
  • Faculty to Student Ratio,
  • International Faculty Ratio and
  • International Student Ratio.

QS noted that indicators for UM’s reputation among academics and employers are outstanding, with its scores trending upwards over the last year. Meanwhile Taylor’s University achieved one of the world’s top100 for Employer Reputation scores for the first time, sitting comfortably at the 90th position. The Malaysian higher education is recording consistent reputational improvements with 15 institutions having improved on their Academic Reputation score.


Table: QS World University Rankings 2022 for 22 Malaysian Universities

Rank University
65 Universiti Malaya (UM)
143 Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
144 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
147 Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
=191 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
=332 Taylor’s University
=347 UCSI University
=414 Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
511-520 Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
601-650 Management and Science University
651-700 International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
651-700 Sunway University
651-700 Universiti Teknologi MARA – UiTM
751-800 Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
801-1000 Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL)
801-1000 Universiti Malaysia Pahang
801-1000 Universiti Malaysia Perlis
801-1000 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
1001-1200 Multimedia University (MMU)
1001-1200 Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
1001-1200 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
1001-1200 Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)

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