UM is the leader, but other universities are also rising

PETALING JAYA – Universiti Malaya has been ranked the number one university in Malaysia by QS World University Rankings for 2025, thanks to its high ranking among academics as well as employers.

UM, the only Malaysian University in the Top 100 in the 21st Edition of the Rankings, is also third in South-East Asia.

The top university in the country is the best performer nationally for Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation indicators (62nd and 34th), Employment Outcomes (163rd), International Research Networks (140th), and Sustainability (132nd).

UM also improved by 15 places, moving up to 163rd place for the Student Faculty Ratio. It improved 20 places, to 234th, for the International Students indicator. And it climbed 22 positions to 324th, for the International Faculty indicator.

UM Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Seri Noor Azuan Ab Osman stated that the university has made significant progress in a number of indicators, which indicate its ability to compete against the world’s best universities.

The university is determined to maintain its status as one of the best universities in the world.

In a June 5 statement, he stated: “We will continue ensuring that students as well as the academic and researcher fraternity receive the right support and intellectual dynamism to meet the increasingly tough challenges facing higher education and humanity.”

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia was ranked second, climbing 21 places from 159th place to 138th.

The top 200 institutions include Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti PUTRA Malaysia.

Note: The “=” symbol indicates that it shares a ranking with another institution.

Taylor’s University retained its top ranking as Malaysia’s best private university, ranking 251st. UCSI University climbed 35 places to =265th.

Barry Winn, vice-chancellor of Taylor’s University and its president, said that the university’s goal for the coming decade is to set higher goals. It wants to become a world class institution.

He said: “I am dedicated to maintaining the highest standards for Taylor’s to enable it to achieve its full potential as an international leader in innovative and progressive teaching, research and knowledge transfer.”

UCSI Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir stated that the new ranking is a fair representation of the work being done at the university.

She said that the 35-spot increase is encouraging, and thanked all UCSI staff members and students. This was the third year in a row the university has been ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide.

She added, “It is a sign that we are on the right track and will continue to focus on research, education, student experience and graduate outcomes.”

This year, 28 Malaysian institutions of higher education were ranked.

Malaysia, based on its average indicator scores, is Asia’s best performer for International Student Ratio among countries with at least 10 ranked universities.

Five Malaysian Universities are among the top 100 universities in the world for this indicator. Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation is the leader and has secured Malaysia’s highest ranking at the indicator level.

QS released a statement yesterday stating that Malaysia has “made significant progress” in achieving its goal to attract 250,000 international students before 2025. Five Malaysian universities are now ranked within the top 100 universities worldwide for the International Student Ratio and four universities are among the top 200 universities for International Faculty Ratio.

The report also stated that Malaysian universities have gained increased recognition from academics. Almost all of the ranked universities showed improved results year-on-year.

Malaysia’s research impacts are still below its regional and international peers, despite progress in other areas.

Ben Sowter, senior vice president of QS, said: “Malaysia’s journey to becoming a nation with a high income depends on the quality and effectiveness of its education system.”

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, based in the United States, topped the rankings for the 13th consecutive year. Imperial College London, a British institution, took the second place.

University of Oxford in the United Kingdom maintained its third place and shares it with Harvard University, based in the United States.

National University of Singapore, the only Asian university to be ranked among the top 10, is ranked 8th in the latest rankings.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are ranked first and second respectively in South-East Asia.

The world university rankings for this year include 1,500 universities from 106 different higher education systems.

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