UPM joins other Malaysian universities in top 100

PETALING JAYA: Another Malaysian university has joined the top 100 universities list in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Ranking 2021.

Universiti Putra Malaysia has climbed from 106th to 78th place in the latest edition of the ranking, which features a record 606 institutions this year.

The top Malaysian institution remains Universiti Malaya at No. 31, dropping nine spots from last year.

Universiti Teknologi Petronas is 62nd on the list.

Other Malaysian universities in the rankings are Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (108th), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (112th), Universiti Sains Malaysia (120th), Universiti Utara Malaysia (121st), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (144th), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (165th) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (351-400).

Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Multimedia Universiti sit in the 401-500 band, while Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka and Universiti Teknologi Mara are in the 501+ band.

Chinese universities dominate the top five spots for the first time since the rankings began in 2014.

The top three universities are Tsinghua University, Peking University and Zhejiang University.

THE said the ranking demonstrates the growing strength of secondary emerging countries, heavily driven by Pakistan, China and Russia.

“Emerging economies’ universities are improving faster than those in developed countries or regions around the rest of the world, ” it said in a statement yesterday.

THE chief knowledge officer Phil Baty said: “We are looking forward to seeing how universities from emerging economies position themselves in the upcoming year, and the opportunities they offer both internally and on a global scale.”

THE Emerging Economies University Ranking 2021 includes institutions in countries or regions classified by the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE Group as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” or “frontier”.

The full ranking can be found at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2021/emerging-economies-university-rankings.

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