(File pix) Students of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Rembau. UiTM is among three Malaysian universities have been ranked among the world’s top 500 higher education institutions in the third edition of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018, which was released today. Pix courtesy of NST Reader

KUALA LUMPUR: Three Malaysian universities have been ranked among the world’s top 500 higher education institutions in the third edition of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018, which was released today.

Leading the trio is Universiti of Malaya (UM), which ranks in the 201 to 250 band.

The other two universities are Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), both of which rank in the 301 to 500 level.

QS Research Director Ben Sowter said the ranking is designed to help prospective students make informed global comparisons when choosing a university.

“These results indicate that universities cannot rely on reputation alone. They also need to ensure that they are committed to innovative teaching methods, proactively forging relationships with businesses, while providing numerous opportunities for students to meet potential future employers,” he added.

QS uses five metrics to calculate this ranking – Employer Reputation; Alumni Outcomes; Partnerships with Employers; Employer-Student Connections and Graduate Employment Rate.

Stanford University takes first place, followed by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Harvard University. These universities are recognised by employers for producing graduates who achieve prestige in their careers.

Cambridge University comes in sixth overall, and Oxford is ranked eighth.

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