INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM: Universiti Malaya does well in the Asian University Rankings
KUALA LUMPUR: UNIVERSITI Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) occupied the 98th spot in the inaugural Times Higher Education 100 Under 50, a new annual global ranking published yesterday.
UKM, established 42 years ago, was the only Malaysian tertiary institution in the table, which lists the world's best 100 universities established in the last 50 years.
It bested Brazil's Universidade Estadual Paulista and Australia's Edith Cowan University, which were in the 99th and 100th spots, respectively.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin said she was pleased that UKM now stands among "young universities that are making huge strides in educational development".
She attributed the success to UKM staff members' hard work and dedication to the university's transformation programme.
"We have stressed on quality research and publications, innovative teaching and learning, community engagement, internationalisation and international benchmarking, good governance and effective delivery. It is bearing fruit now," she said.
The new exercise was a collaboration between British magazine Times Higher Education (THE) and research-metrics company Thomson Reuters and released in addition to the yearly World University Rankings.
It was based on the same comprehensive range of 13 separate performance indicators -- including research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity -- used to compile the World University Rankings.
THE rankings editor Phil Baty said: "The indicators have been carefully re-calibrated to better reflect the profile of the younger institutions."
South Korea's Pohang University of Science and Technology led the pack. Baty considered the new ranking as an indication of "the countries challenging the United States and the United Kingdom as the next higher education powerhouses and provides an insight into who will be the possible future Harvard and Cambridge universities".
He said he hoped UKM's presence in the league table will "encourage other Malaysian institutions to recognise the importance of benchmarking themselves against global counterparts".
UKM, on the other hand, viewed such exercises as a guide to help it improve in specific areas such as publications and citations.
"While we take steps to better our performance, we continue to pursue other missions such as community engagement and societal development.
"These activities will enhance our reputation in the long run," added Sharifah Hapsah.
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Meanwhile, there was also joy for Universiti Malaya as it achieved its best position so far in the QS Asian University Rankings 2012.
UM placed 35th overall, the highest among higher learning institutions in the country.
Vice-Chancellor Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon said in this year's rankings, UM achieved an overall score of 71.4 out of a possible 100 and ranked fourth for inbound and outbound student exchange.
"We also ranked number one in Malaysia for academic reputation and employer reputation," he said in a statement yesterday.
QS Asian University rankings represent the most extensive study of institutions conducted with 500 universities assessed and includeresponses to academic and employer surveys by QS.