UM Beats Princeton and Columbia In World Rankings For Electrical Engineering Degrees

Several local universities, including the private-owned Taylor's University, also recorded Top 50 performances in other subjects.

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In the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, University Malaya (UM) has broken into the Top 25 for Electrical and Electronic Engineering degrees, ranking #23 out of 400 universities worldwide

Universiti Malaya.

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Compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company specialising in education and study abroad, the World University Rankings by Subject names the world's top universities for the study of 46 different subjects and is one of the most widely-viewed rankings of its kind, alongside the Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

UM moved up 14 positions from the previous year, beating out prestigious universities like US' Princeton (#26) and Columbia (#32) as well as Australia's University of New South Wales (#48) and RMIT (51-100)

UM also rose from the 51-100 band to enter the Top 50 for several other subjects, including Development Studies (#26), Mechanical Engineering (#33), Chemical Engineering (#38), and Education (#41). The university ranks in the Top 50 for five subjects this year, compared to two last year.

Three other Malaysian universities - Taylor's University, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) - also earned spots in the Top 50 lists for certain subjects

Taylor's University.

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Taylor's University and USM placed 29th and 32nd respectively in the Hospitality and Leisure Management category, which has been introduced for the first time this year. Meanwhile, IIUM placed 46th for the Theology, Divinity, and Religious Studies category.

USM also placed in the Top 50 for three other subjects, namely Mineral and Mining Engineering (#35), Chemical Engineering (#38), and Environmental Studies (#49).

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

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International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

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Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has congratulated the Malaysian universities for earning top performances in the QS World University Rankings

Idris also remarked that local universities performed much better this year as compared to last year, in which they only recorded three courses in the list.

"This shows that our universities are continuously improving or soaring upwards, which is the slogan of the ministry," he added.

In fact, 19 Malaysian universities were entered into this year's list, including Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UiTM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). You can see the rankings by subject here.

In September last year, QS included three local universities in the Top 300 of their 2016/2017 World University Ranking:

While Universiti Malaya has undoubtedly retained its position as the best performing university in Malaysia, a professor from the institution was recently alleged to have been racist towards some students:

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