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Study: Universiti Malaya is World’s 60th Best University, Only M’sian Higher Education Institute in Top 100


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Higher education analytics firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) recently published the 21st and latest edition of the QS World University Rankings, a portfolio of comparative higher education institutions rankings.

Furthermore, the QS World University Rankings 2025 is its largest-ever ranking, featuring over 1,5000 universities across 105 higher education systems, with 28 Malaysian higher education institutions making it to the list this time around.


Universiti Malaya is the world’s 60th-best university, the only Malaysian university in the top 100

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The highest-placing Malaysian higher education institution in the ranking is Universiti Malaya (UM), placing 60th globally, climbing 5 spots from the previous edition.

Besides that, UM is also ranked as the 3rd best Southeast Asian university, 34th in the Employer Reputation ranking and 62nd in the Academic Reputation ranking.

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UM, which is the oldest university in Malaysia, is the only higher education institution in our country to make it in the top 100 list of QS World University Rankings 2025, with the 2nd highest placing university, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), coming in 146th place.

Furthermore, only 2 other Malaysian universities besides the above made it into the top 200 list, which are Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 148th place and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 181st place.

Meanwhile, the highest-placing Malaysian private university in the ranking is Taylor’s University in 251st place, followed by UCSI University in 265th place.

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Malaysian higher education institutions’ placements in the rankings

Check out the Malaysian higher education institutions that made it to the ranking and their placements below:

  1. Universiti Malaya – 60th
  2. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – 138th
  3. Universiti Sains Malaysia – 146th
  4. Universiti Putra Malaysia – 148th
  5. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia – 181st
  6. Taylor’s University – 251st
  7. UCSI University – 265th
  8. Universiti Teknologi Petronas – 269th
  9. INTI International University – 516th
  10. Sunway University – 539th
  11. Universiti Utara Malaysia – 554th
  12. Management and Science University – 580th
  13. Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) – 587th
  14. Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation Malaysia – 611 to 620
  15. Universiti Tenaga Nasional – 641 to 650
  16. International Islamic University Malaysia – 661 to 670
  17. Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah – 741 to 750
  18. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman – 801 to 850
  19. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris – 951 to 1000
  20. Multimedia University (MMU) – 1001 to 1200
  21. Universiti Malaysia Sabah – 1001 to 1200
  22. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak – 1001 to 1200
  23. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu – 1001 to 1200
  24. Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia – 1001 to 1200
  25. Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) – 1201 to 1400
  26. Universiti Malaysia Perlis – 1201 to 1400
  27. Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka – 1201 to 1400
  28. Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia – 1401+
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So, what do you guys make of Malaysian higher education institutions’ placements in the rankings? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!


Also read: Study: M’sia Has The 9th Most Number of Universities in Asia But Only 4 are Ranked in The Top 100

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