UTP Jumps 14 Places In Rankings

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) -- Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) has jumped 14 places to 77th position in the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings.

Last year, UTP was ranked 91st best among the universities in the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) region and emerging economies.

Its acting vice-chancellor, Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib said in a statement, "The recognition by THE is an accomplishment that we are very proud of and we will continue to strive up the rankings.

“Everyone’s continuous dedication and commitment in ensuring excellence through various initiatives like teaching and research activities and other university operations are well reflected in this university ranking.”

The latest ranking has placed the university among the top 100 of the best research-led universities in the developing world, while within Malaysia, it was ranked second after Universiti Malaya (UM), which took the 27th spot.

Seven other Malaysian universities also made it into the THE rankings, namely Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) at 101, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) at 108, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) at 114, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) at 135, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) at 151 and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) 159. Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) made it within the 251-300 band.

In terms of score, UTP recorded an overall mark of 32.0 and UM, 40.9. UTP scored the highest in industry income (87.5 per cent) in Malaysia and second in Malaysia after UM for international outlook (63.2 per cent).

Meanwhile, more than 350 institutions from 42 countries are classified by the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” and “frontier”.

The ranking uses the same 13 rigorous performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, examining each university’s strengths against all of its core missions.

The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: teaching (learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research), and industry income (knowledge transfer).

However, the methodology has been carefully recalibrated to better reflect the characteristics and development priorities of the universities in emerging economies.