Five Malaysian universities rank among the top 50 universities in Asia, in the latest QS World University Rankings 2021 released today (10 June).

Of these, University Malaya took the 17th spot, followed by University Putra Malaysia in 30th place. Both universities respectively ranked 59th and 132nd worldwide.

Overall, in Asia, the National University of Singapore remained in first place (worldwide: 11), with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore coming in second (worldwide: 13), and China's Tsinghua University rounding off the top three (worldwide: 15). 

The full list of top 50 universities in Asia are as follows:

  1. National University of Singapore [Singapore]
    • World ranking: #11
  2. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore [Singapore]
    • World ranking: #13
  3. Tsinghua University [Mainland China]
    • World ranking: #15
  4. The University of Hong Kong [ Hong Kong]
    • World ranking: #22
  5. Peking University [Mainland China]
    • World ranking: #23
  6. The University of Tokyo [Japan]
    • World ranking: #24
  7. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology [Hong Kong]
    • World ranking: #27
  8. Fudan University [Mainland China]
    • World ranking: #34
  9. Seoul National University [South Korea]
    • World ranking: #37
  10. Kyoto University [Japan]
    • World ranking: #38
  11. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology [South Korea]
    • World ranking: #39
  12. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) [Hong Kong]
    • World ranking: #43
  13. Shanghai Jiao Tong University [Mainland China]
    • World ranking: #47
  14. City University of Hong Kong [Hong Kong]
    • World ranking: #48
  15. Zhejiang University [Mainland China]
    • World ranking: #53
  16. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) [Japan]
    • World ranking: #56
  17. Universiti Malaya (UM) [Malaysia]
    • World ranking: #59
  18. National Taiwan University (NTU) [Taiwan]
    • World ranking #66
  19. Korea University [South Korea]
    • World ranking: #69
  20. Osaka University [Japan]
    • World ranking: #72
  21. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University [Hong Kong]
    • World ranking: #75
  22. Pohang University of Science And Technology (POSTECH) [South Korea]
    • World ranking: #77
  23. Tohoku University[Japan]
    • World ranking: #79
  24. Yonsei University [South Korea]
    • World ranking: #85
  25. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) [South Korea]
    • World ranking: #88
  26. University of Science and Technology of China [Mainland China]
    • World ranking: #93
  27. Nagoya University [Japan]
    • World ranking: #110
  28. Kyushu University [Japan]
    • World ranking: #124
  29. Nanjing University [Mainland China]
    • World ranking: #124
  30. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) [Malaysia]
    • World ranking: #132 
  31. Hokkaido University [Japan]
    • World ranking: #139
  32. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) [Malaysia]
    • World ranking #141
  33. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)[Malaysia]
    • World ranking #142
  34. King Abdulaziz University (KAU)[Saudi Arabia]
    • World ranking: #143
  35. Hanyang University [South Korea]
    • World ranking: #146
  36. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University [Kazakhstan]
    • World ranking: #165
  37. National Tsing Hua University [Taiwan]
    • World ranking: #168
  38. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) [India]
    • World ranking: #172
  39. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem [Israel]
    • World ranking: #177
  40. Indian Institute of Science [India]
    • World ranking: #185
  41. King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals [Saudi Arabia]
    • World ranking: #186
  42. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia [Malaysia]
    • World ranking: #187
  43. Waseda University [Japan]
    • World ranking: #189
  44. Keio University [Japan]
    • World ranking: #191
  45. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) [India]
    • World ranking: #193
  46. Chulalongkorn University [Thailand]
    • World ranking: #208
  47. Khalifa University of Science and Technology [UAE]
    • World ranking: #211
  48. American University of Beirut (AUB) [Lebanon]
    • World ranking: #220
  49. Tel Aviv University [Israel]
    • World ranking: #230
  50. National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) [Taiwan]
    • World ranking: #234 

Top 20 universities in the world

Universities from the US and the UK dominated the list worldwide, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology topping the list.

The top 20 universities worldwide are:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [United States]
  2. Stanford University [United States]
  3. Harvard University [United States]
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) [United States]
  5. University of Oxford [United Kingdom]
  6. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology [Switzerland]
  7. University of Cambridge [United Kingdom]
  8. Imperial College London [United Kingdom]
  9. University of Chicago [United States]
  10. UCL [United Kingdom]
  11. National University of Singapore [Singapore]
  12. Princeton University [United States]
  13. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore [Singapore]
  14. EPFL [Switzerland]
  15. Tsinghua University [Mainland China]
  16. University of Pennsylvania [United States]
  17. Yale University [United States]
  18. Cornell University [United States]
  19. Columbia University [United States]
  20. The University of Edinburgh [United Kingdom]

The full list of QS World University Rankings 2021, featuring 1,000 universities, can be found here

Methodology

This year’s QS World University Rankings reveals the top 1,000 universities from around the world, covering 80 different locations. There are 47 new entrants in this year’s top 1,000 while over 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion.

The universities were evaluated based on:

  • Academic Reputation (40%)
  • Employer Reputation (10%)
  • Faculty/Student Ratio (20%)
  • Citations per faculty (20%)
  • International Faculty Ratio/International Student Ratio (5% each)

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