UUM ONLINE: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) made a big leap when it moved up 100 rungs to the 601-650 band in the latest list of QS World University Rankings 2019, compared to the 701-750 band in the previous year.
UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said that since being listed for the first time in 2016, UUM continued to consistently show year-to-year growth.
"This result came as a surprise and it is indeed very delightful news for Universiti Utara Malaysia as a University with a specialization situated outside of the Klang Valley.
"This achievement is the result of the hard work put in by all UUM denizens in accordance with the UUM Strategic Plan introduced in 2011 and it has now entered the second phase of 2016-2020," he said.
He also congratulated and thanked all UUM staff who continued to give their commitment in ensuring the successful attainment of the University's key agenda in which will elevate its prestige both nationally and globally.
UUM is currently positioned in the top 20 of the Top 20 Universities in Southeast Asia and this new position has placed UUM on par with other leading universities namely, University of Thammasat, Thailand; University of Canberra, Australia; University of Keele, UK and City University of New York, USA.
QS employs six indicators when appraising a university globally, namely academic reputation, employer reputation, citation per academic staff, ratio of academic staff per students, percentage of international students and percentage of international academic staff.
For 2018, more than 4000 universities went through the assessment process and only 1011 universities from 85 countries were listed by QS. The survey involved 83,000 academics and 43,000 employers, as well as 97 million citation from more than 14 million articles analysed to measure research excellence in a university.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir