Malaysia’s University Ranking in the QS Asian University Ranking 2011

by BerryBerryTeacher

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Ever wondered how universities in Malaysia fair with relative to other universities in Asia for the year 2011? Wait no further as the recently published university ranking list by QS will be able to help our Berry Readers to answer the question. So Berry Berry Easy will be focusing on the Top 200 universities in Asia and see how universities in Malaysia fair.

Top Universities in Asia – Malaysia 2011

QS Asian University Ranking

What: QS University ranking for Asia’s Universities
When: Year 2011

Among the top 200 universities in Asia, Malaysia has
(List is shown by: Rank-Name-Score)
*A score of 100 is given to the top universiti in the list, and the rest are pegged to this score

  • No. 39 Universiti Malaya (UM) – 73.70
  • No. 53 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) – 64.09
  • No. 54 Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) – 63.40
  • No. 57 Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) – 60.40
  • No. 76 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) – 55.10
  • No. 161-170 International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) – 32.90
  • No. 191-200 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) – 28.70

Selected Malaysia Universities outside of the Top 200 which is unranked:

  • Multimedia University (MMU) – 27.00
  • Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – 23.40
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas (Petronas) – 21.00
  • Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) – 19.10
  • Universiti Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia (UTHM) – 18.80
  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) – 17.40
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA – UiTM - 17.10
  • Universiti Utara malaysia (UUM) – 13.80
  • Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) – 13.60
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) – 13.00
  • Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) – 11.30
  • Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR) – 6.90

(Glaringly missing from the list is UMS, if any readers can find it, please inform us)

This meant that among all the universities in Malaysia (foreign campuses in Malaysia is not included), only 7 universities managed to enter the Top 200. among other statistics include:

  • 1 University in the Top 50 – UM
  • 5 Universities in the Top 100 – UM, UKM, USM, UPM and UTM
  • 7 Universities in the Top 200 – UM, UKM, USM, UPM, UTM, IIUM and UNIMAS

This is not a particularly good performance of the universities in the nation. Only those in the top 100 put up a creditable performance. Even the top is only at No.39 with a score 73.70, which is not too great considering the Top 10 in Asia all had scores above 94.30. The Top 10 Universities in Asia are presented below:

  1. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong) – 100.00
  2. University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) – 99.80
  3. National University of Singapore (Singapore) – 99.30
  4. The University of Tokyo (Japan) – 97.40
  5. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) – 97.20
  6. Seoul National University (South Korea) – 96.90
  7. Kyoto University (Japan) – 96.30
  8. Osaka University (Japan) – 96.09
  9. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) – 94.30
  10. Tohoku University (Japan) – 94.30

The overall best in asia should be given to Japan with the high number of universities in the Top 200 with 56 universities in the Top 200. Hong Kong deserves a special mention for having the greatest number of super elite universities with 3 in the Top 5, with universities ranked No.1, 2 and 5.

(To view the full ranking:

What’s your view on this? How can the university system in Malaysia be improved? Have we lagged behind our Asian neighbours so far that we cannot chase them anymore? Berry Berry Easy would like to hear your constructive comments and critisms to this issue.

(Once again, all lists will have its strength and weaknesses, so we should consider all rankings rationally)


Let us share with our readers some of the selected comments thus far:

Comment from L. Gautier

What makes the other universities the best?
Malaysians should ponder upon this question and realize that we are actually in a very embarrassing position. Should we claim that our universities are elite and provide ‘world-class education’ let it be private or government universities, we should think twice, maybe thrice before doing so. Our education system so to say, is not assertive enough compared with our Asian counterparts. Our universities focuses more on getting a degree then a job, meanwhile the top-ranking Asian U’s are focusing academia on how to improve it and they are getting sources to carry out researches and studies besides employability.

  • Berry Berry Easy’s reply: Mediocrity has been celebrated as of late. As such, the ranking is seen in two lights. Some find this as a success, with 7 universities in the Top 200. While the rest find this embarrasing. In our opinion, we tend to agree with you and believe that our ranking can be further improved. We should be having a few universities in the Top 20 at the very least. Employability has been an issue for our local graduates too and this has been highlighted many times in local newspapers. However, it seemed that despite many surveys conducted to offer insights to improve the situation, the decline has not been arrested.

Another problem may also be the teaching methodology. Whenever students exit secondary school and continue for their tertiary education, they is a vast gap in the teaching methods by teachers. No doubt in school students are ‘spoon-fed’ and coming to collegeuniversities all studies are by own self. How are students able to do a sudden shift? They may yield good results but the foundation of their studying trends is shaky. Which brings me to the next point, since students have to go through this big shift, lecturers in the universities have to ‘spoon-feed’ a little to their students since the students are unable to 100% cope by themselves. This will bring us to the point where students are dependent. This is where our ranks will drop because the output of graduates are not as assertive and ‘driven’ as our Asian counterparts.

  • Berry Berry Easy’s reply: We would like to point out that our students’ mindset should change, which means students are not supposed to ‘wait’ for the knowledge (For example: Waiting for the correct answer from teachers rather that try out all the questions on their own). Students should take a more proactive role by seeking for more knowledge and become more independent.

When last year’s Asian university ranking by the same board: QS Asian University Ranking, our Minister of Higher Education said that other universities have their own standards and that we are not wanting to chase ranks. By saying that; it shows that our Malaysian universities are not going to get far. How else to get a good rank if we lack support from the government itself? I would understand if were aren’t as competent as the others but shouldn’t we race and strive harder?

  • Berry Berry Easy’s reply: While we agree that ranking isn’t everything but it is often important to have validation of this sort by external parties so that we know (roughly) where we stand (as compared to the other universities in Asia). So yes, we should join in the ranking and aim for high placings, instead of shielding them from poor ranking results.

It may take time to increase our ranking in Asia. What we should do is less focusing on University as a business market or a political issue and focus on the distinct field of academia. The private and government sectors should realize that once we invest in the education field, we may just find ourselves top of the rank. I don’t see the point of establishing universities with new and interesting names and providing courses that guarantee a job, this facade is no point if our education is not focused on. Our Universities should also be more mature and be brave enough to learn from our Asian counterparts on how they improve themselves and are able to make it to the top.

  • Berry Berry Easy’s reply: We must improve our ranking in Asia. While this is not a certain causality, but it is no secret that those countries with top universities are also countries with strong economy. So improving the field of academia is important for the economic growth of the nation. The multiplying effects should not be underestimated.

Comment from T.W.J.

The Ministry of Higher Education should make sure that our universities provide relevant knowledge that is up to date so that graduates will be able to apply their knowledge in their jobs, if they were to get a job related to their course. Hire qualified lecturers to conduct lectures, emphasize on practical work as much as theory.

Exams and quizzes should be standardized; following the same format so that it will not be “biased”. Facilities should also be upgraded, especially the hostels.

  • Berry Berry Easy’s reply: This has most probably been taken care of by MQA in terms of ensuring relevant knowledge be imparted to graduates. Nonetheless, the criteria to award accreditation to the universities can be further tightened to improve overall qualities. Exams and quizzes although should be standardised in an ideal world, but through statistical method (using standard deviation graphing and such) can be used to remove ‘bias’. However, it is agreed that the facilities (where required) could be updated. Thanks for the constructive suggestions to improve our university ranking.

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