Finally, Universiti Malaya is in the top 20 of the Emerging Economies University Rankings

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Universities in Malaysia have shown improvement in the past year, rising up the ranks in this year’s Emerging Economies University Rankings by Times Higher Education’s (THE).

Most notably, Universiti Malaya (UM) rose nine spots to be ranked 18th this year – the highest position it has ever gotten. This is also the first time UM has emerged in the top 20 of THE’s Emerging Economies University Rankings.

In the 2019 ranking, UM shares 18th place with China’s Tongji University.

According to THE, the ranking includes institutions in countries classified by the Financial Times Stock Exchange as advanced emerging, secondary emerging and frontier economies.

Rankings editor Ellie Bothwell told The Star that UM improved in all 13 indicators grouped into five areas – teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income – which were used to measure the universities’ performances.

In particular, UM improved in international outlook and teaching environment, she reportedly said.

The Star quoted her as saying: “To continue this trajectory next year, (UM) should focus on its research environment, in particular research income and its volume of publications.”

Two other Malaysian universities also made it into the top 100 – Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

The table featuring 442 universities includes 11 institutions from Malaysia –  two more than last year. Of these, six showed improvements while three fell from their spots last year.

Among those that improved their ranking are UTP, which climbed 17 spots to 60th, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, which rose 19 spots to rank 132nd this year. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) fell three places.

The top three spots are all taken up by Chinese universities – Tsinghua University, Peking University and Zhejiang University.