Malaysia’s higher education on right track, says ministry

PETALING JAYA: This is the country’s best achievement so far in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021, says the Higher Education Ministry: for the first time ever, all five Malaysian research universities have been ranked among the world’s top 200.

This, the ministry said, proves that the country’s higher education is on the right track in providing quality higher education institutions, in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).

The universities are Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

“This success will continue to place Malaysia as a higher education hub in the region and will help forge collaborations between institutions and world-renowned researchers.

“The QS report also stated that Malaysia is one of the countries that showed the best improvement, ” it said in a statement on Wednesday (June 10).

The country’s education system has been internationally recognised among academics and employers, it added.

Happy with its rise in rankings, UM vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Hashim said the results were a recognition of the varsity being a high calibre research and educational institution.

Malaysia’s oldest university now ranks 59th, an 11-spot jump from 70th last year with a 70.1 overall score.

UM’s goal, he said, is to benchmark itself against outstanding universities worldwide to uplift Malaysian higher education and to enhance its reputation as a global institution of higher learning.

“Increased investment will enable UM to intensify international collaborations, enhance strategic research and industry partnerships, and improve graduate employability which are among our top priorities.

“UM also plans to widen its talent pool with excellent local and international staff.

“While the university is committed to financial sustainability, its efforts are unable to yield immediate results amid a backdrop of heightened global economic and public-health risks, ” he said in a statement Wednesday (June 10).

Source: TheStar