30 March 2017
Malaysia’s leading university, Universiti Malaya (UM), has announced its intention of breaking into the top 100 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The university has been quite successful in the Shanghai rankings where it is now in the 401-500 band and in the top 200 for engineering.
It has also improved significantly in the QS world rankings in recent years although it has so far avoided participation in the Times Higher Education world rankings. It has, however, been criticised since its performance has always been much less than that of the neighbouring National University of Singapore with which it shared a common history until 1962.
The Vice-Chancellor of UM, Professor Dr Mohd Amin Jalaluddin, has announced a plan to increase the proportion of international academic staff and students from 21 and 22 to 30 per cent over the next three years. There would also be more inbound and outbound exchange programmes. In addition, it is anticipated that the percentage of postgraduate students willincrease from 50 per cent to two thirds by 2025 and that there will be an improvement in the quality of the university’s research.
It is hoped that by 2020, according to the national education plan, there will be two Malaysian universities in the world top 100.
Malay Mail Online