News: University of Malaya aiming to be one of the top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings

University Malaya (UM) is one of oldest university in Malaysia and it was founded in 1949. It is considered by the general Malaysian population to be one of the best universities in Malaysia but how does it stack up with the other universities globally?

According to this year’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, UM managed to climb up the university ranking ladder, from the 167th position last year to the 156th position this year. Its new position in the global university ranking indicates that UM is one of the top 200 world universities in the world and it has manage to maintain this for two consecutive years.  Regionally, UM has also improved its ranking among other  Asian universities. It has risen from the 39th position to the 35th position this year. Nationally, UM occupies the top position among Malaysian universities for academic and employer reputation surveys.

In terms of specific fields, UM has improved its ranking in most of the fields being evaluated in the QS World University Rankings. In the Natural Sciences, it has risen from 296th to the 257th. For Life Sciences and Medicine, it has climbed up from the 147th to the 113th. In the fields of Engineering and Technology, UM is currently occupying the 165th position, up from its previous 180th position last year. For Arts and Humanities, UM is also occupying the 165th position, an improvement from its previous 191th position. However, UM slightly dropped in the field of Social Science and Management with its current position being the 169th compared to its previous 165th position.

Overall, UM has shown significant improvement in terms of ranking. However, UM still lags behind other top Asian universities, particularly the universities of our closest neighbour such as National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. It is a long way to go before UM can be considered on par with other elite global universities. Even so, with the autonomy given to UM by the government this year, UM is aiming to be one of the top 100 QS World University Rankings by the year 2015.


  1. University Malaya High Impact Research (HIR) News (14th September 2012)
  2. QS World University Rankings 2012