Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) evinced a continued rise in the rankings when it was listed within the 201-250 band of ranks in the Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017.
According to this new survey, UUM is listed within the 201-250 band in the world ranking based on an evaluation which involved 300 universities from 50 developing countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The Editor of the THE World University Rankings, Mr. Phil Baty, said in a statement that seven universities in Malaysia had been listed in the prestigious rankings, signalling an increase of three universities, compared with the listing of only four universities in the previous year.
"Only the best institutions are listed in BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, so we congratulate all the universities that have made the list of the world’s top 300 institutions this year," he said.
Apart from UUM, the other Malaysian universities that debuted in the prestigious world rankings are Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), which succeeded in being listed within the 251-300 band of ranks.
UTP, together with Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, made the top 100, while Universiti Sains Malaysia was ranked 114th and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 136th.
This ranking utilised the same 13 performance indicators as used in the THE World University Rankings to assess academic institutions. The assessment was centred on several aspects, namely, teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, said that the achievement was beyond expectations and that it was something that the UUM campus community could certainly be proud of.
"I hope that this would spur the UUM community to continue to work diligently to achieve greater triumphs in the future.
"With earnest, steadfast effort, I believe that UUM will come into its own and stand alongside universities of world-renown," he said.