UM in 100th place for QS World University Rankings 2022

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UNIVERSITI Malaya (UM) is ranked 100th in the QS World University Rankings 2022 for the fourth consecutive year.

It is ranked 65th out of 25,000 institutions of higher learning globally thus, achieving its second-best performance in the history of the rankings.

The university also placed 46th in Employer Reputation (91.7%) and 72nd in Academic Reputation (76.9%).

UM’s score is based on its outstanding recognition among academics and employers.

UM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Ir Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor said this year’s achievement in gaining the top 50 spot in Employer Reputation worldwide is a testament to the university’s success in providing education in which students can receive valuable preparation for employment.

“We are currently implementing a more robust teaching and learning component through precision intervention, where we identify students’ inclination, character, personality and mental strength through psychometric tests to adopt a more precise approach in teaching and learning to cultivate their potential to the highest extent,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The Employer Reputation metric is based on almost 75,000 responses to the QS Employer Survey, which is the world’s largest of its kind.

Employers were asked to identify institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative and effective graduates.

The university has introduced the [email protected] (Experiential Learning with Industries and Technocrats) programme to enable its students to learn directly from industry experts such as former Foreign Affairs Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Albar, former Transport Minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, former Johor Corp Bhd CEO Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim and Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd CEO Mohd Muazzam Mohamed.

This initiative is set to create more future leaders in all fields that their students graduate from.

UM is also ranked 285th place in Citations per Faculty, 155th place in Faculty/Student ratio, 312th place in International Faculty and 333th place in International Students.

These contribute to an overall score of 69.8%, slipping by a slim margin of 0.43% from last year.

“We had predicted the slip as our growth slowed down, especially in terms of publications.

“We are focusing on ways to mitigate further decline and have identified factors that need immediate attention,” said Mohd Hamdi.

UM’s first step in improving is doubling their research productivity, which means they need more research grants to contribute to their research work, equipment maintenance and employment of good postdoctoral fellows and researchers, which in turn contributes to high impact research.

“Faculty to student ratio also needs to be managed appropriately, where we need to realign our number of full-time staff in addition to attracting, recruiting and retaining international staff at all levels,” he said.

Mohd Hamdi also reassured that they are underway to enable UM to maintain its quality and reputation through the recently announced Universiti Malaya Strategic Plan (2021-2025).

Carrying a weight of 40%, the Academic Reputation Index is the centrepiece of the QS World University Rankings, according to global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

The ranking was established in 2004 and it is based on survey responses from over 130,000 academics.

Apart from UM, 22 other Malaysian institutions have also been ranked this year, which is a record high number.

“I wish to congratulate all the institutions listed and especially the Higher Education Ministry for the support and leadership which has enabled Malaysia to garner increasing recognition on the global stage.

“In our bid to serve the nation and impact the world, UM is also thankful to many who have been with us through our ups and downs,” said Mohd Hamdi.

“I am pleased that UM continues to place Malaysia on the global stage through our dedication, commitment and hard work towards serving the nation and impacting the world.

“UM will continue to strive to push the boundaries of knowledge and nurture aspiring leaders,” he concluded.