Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) failed to hold its spot in the Times Higher Education (THE) 100 Under 50 list this year, organisers said today, adding other universities had improved to join the list.
It was the only Malaysian university which made it to list last year, claiming the 98th position.
The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 list refers to universities under 50 years of establishment.
Out of the 20 public institutions of higher learning in the country, UKM, one of the top five institutions from the research university league here, took a fallback by “only a few places” according to THE editor Phil Baty.
The current ranking of UKM was also not revealed by Baty, although it is said to not have displayed “worsening performance”. In 2012, UKM beat Universidade Estadual Paulista from Brazil and Australia’s Edith Cowan University which were ranked 99th and 100th respectively.
This year in April, UKM also emerged as the sole Malaysian university included in the top 100, ranked jointly with the American University of Beirut in Lebanon at 87th place, in THE’s Asia University Ranking.
A total of 655 tertiary institutions had submitted its information and data to be assessed for the purpose.
Across the Causeway however, Singapore celebrated as it entered the world’s Top 10 under THE’s 100 Under 50 list group by moving up the ranks into the eight position from 16th last year, joining Hong Kong and South Korea in the elite group.
UKM was reported to have been taken out of the list as there was a surge from better competitors, including a new entry from Taiwan’s National Chung Cheng University, which took the 90th position.
The 98th ranking in this year’s list went to National Yang-Ming University of Taiwan.
Despite Asia displaying an impressive showing in the under-50 rankings, with eight countries in the continent represented (although there is no place for the huge growing economies of mainland China or India), Malaysia lost far out to its contenders while Singapore, with only a single representative in the ranking (Nanyang Technological University in 8th), positioned itself among the best.
South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) claimed its throne for the second consecutive year, beating all others for the top spot on the list. – June 20 2013.