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University Malaya Has Just Achieved Its Highest QS World Ranking Of All Time

Four Malaysian universities were listed in the Top 200 including UM, UPM, USM, and UKM.

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University Malaya (UM) has risen to the 70th spot on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2020, making it the highest in the university’s history

UM received a score of 67.1, taking into account academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio.

Steadily rising in ranks since 2014, UM has improved its standing by 97 places, with 2020's ranking being the highest in the university's history

In a press statement released on 18 June, UM Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Hj. Hashim expressed his delight in a statement:

"Our goal is, and has always been, to benchmark UM against other outstanding universities around the world with a view for further improvement in order to help raise the standard of Malaysian higher education."

In addition to the Ministry of Education, Abdul Rahim gives thanks to students, staff, and alumni for their support.

UM plans to widen their talent pool by hiring more local and international staff.

Here is a short overview of how other Malaysian universities ranked:

University Putra Malaysia (UPM), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and University Sains Malaysia (USM) came in 159th, 160th, and 165th respectively.

Meanwhile, UCSI University ranked 442, making it Malaysia's best private university.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came in first for the ninth year in a row, followed by Stanford and Harvard respectively

Asia's top universities, Singapore's National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) were tied for 11th place.

To everyone in the UM community, we are proud of you!

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