University of Malaya (UM), also known as Universiti Malaya was ranked 35th out of 500 Asian universities in the latest QS Asian University Rankings 2012, up four spots from its 39th position in the previous year ranking. This is the best position achieved by UM since the introduction of the QS Asian University Ranking by QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd in 2009. In 2009 and 2010, UM was ranked 39th and 42nd in Asia, respectively.
This ranking puts the first university in Malaysia as the top university in the country for the fourth year in a row. The second-best ranked university in Malaysia according to the latest ranking is Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), the National University of Malaysia at the 58th position.
Ben Sowter, the head of QS Quacquarelli Symonds LTD Intelligence Unit indicated that the productivity of Malaysian universities are improving, but quality needs to follow with stronger focus to improve on research productions and publications in international journals.
This year, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) retained its number one position in Asia for the 2nd year in a row. Other universities in the top 10 list are National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), University of Tokyo, Pohang University of Science and Technology and Kyoto University.
Top 10 Asian Universities
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- National University of Singapore
- University of Hong Kong
- Seoul National University
- Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Peking University
- Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
- University of Tokyo
- Pohang University of Science and Technology
- Kyoto University
The QS Asian University Rankings methodology is based on the methodology used in the QS World University Rankings, with some differences in the use of bibliometric data and additional data on internationalisation (such as student exchange). In the QS World University Rankings, academic and employer reputation scores obtained from surveys account for 50% of the total score.
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The QS Asian University Ranking 2012 – Full Ranking Table