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UUM continues to rise in the QS University Rankings by Subject Area with two subjects namely the Social Sciences and Management listed at number 315 in the world for the 2017 edition.  This shows that through the Social Science and Management subjects, UUM has successfully raised 49 places where it was listed at 364 in the 2014 edition.

In addition, it was also officially announced for the first time on www.topuniversities.com that under the key area of Arts and Humanities, UUM is ranked 401-450 in the world.

UUM is now among the world's elite institutions when 4 out of its 46 subjects and 2 subject areas are listed in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

For QS University Rankings by Subject 2017 ratings, three new subjects are listed namely Business and the School of Management is ranked 251-300, followed by Economics and Econometrics 301-350 and Computer Science and Information Systems 451-500, while accounting and Finance 151-200 in the world and ranked second in Malaysia.

The Vice-Chancellor of UUM, Prof Dato 'Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak expressed his happiness over the achievement of UUM in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 since not only has the University  improved its ranking but also for the two subjects that have been listed for the first time. According to him the encouraging results were due to the Strategic plan which was thoroughly and carefully planned since 2011.

This year a total of 4,438 universities were evaluated and 3,098 were eligible for rankings, however only 1,117 institutions made it to the overall ranking. In addition, more than 127 million citations (citation) were analyzed.

In the latest QS World Rankings by Subject a total of 42 disciplines were covered and four new subjects are added to the list. The 46 disciplines are grouped in five key areas of Art and Humanities; Life Science and Medicine; Natural Science; Social Science and Management, and Engineering and Technology, The four new subjects featured in the 2017 QS World Rankings by Subject are Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies; Anatomy and Physiology; Hospitality and Leisure Studies and Sports-related subjects.