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KUALA LUMPUR: In the latest Best Global Universities Ranking by U.S. News & World Report, Agricultural Sciences of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has improved its position within the category of world’s subject rankings to emerge as the best in the Southeast Asian region.

Globally, the subject is ranked 45th, a nine-spot jump from previous year’s ranking of 54th. With the improved world ranking, the subject is now ranked first in Southeast Asia and seventh in Asia.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dato’ Mohd Fauzi Ramlan said the achievement was due to improvement in this year’s score of 71.7 percent, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to 2014.

“UPM’s success story is nothing but due to the impact of high quality academic, researches, and vast contribution from UPM community and has been recognized through this global ranking.

“The commitment, spirit and dedication by all academicians, staff and students in boosting the field of Agricultural Science indirectly proving UPM’s niche in the subject,” he said.

To make the list, subjects are ranked using several indicators. UPM’s Agricultural Sciences did well in the regional research reputation, in which it ranked eighth, publication (16th), total citation (37th) and number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited (49th).

“The role of UPM’s leadership in supporting the empowerment of agriculture field is contained in UPM’s Strategic Plan 2014-2020,” he added.

Meanwhile, UPM’s Engineering subject was listed in the ranking for the first time and placed at the 245th position.

The U.S News & World Report listed 750 universities in its ranking this year, up from 500 in 2014.

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