Universiti Malaya (UM) is expected to break into the world’s top 100 by 2020, having improved in the QS world rankings for five consecutive years.

The university has clinched the 114th position in the world in accordance with the latest edition of QS University Rankings, up 53 places from 167th in 2013.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh had said that the steady rise reflects both the nation’s efforts and progression in ensuring the delivery of quality higher education.

“As Malaysia accelerates towards becoming a higher education hub in line with Shift 8: Global Prominence as stated in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education), this ranking is a testament of the progress we have made over the years in ensuring that our institutions are able to deliver quality education across the board.

“We believe the ranking serves as a useful reference point for prospective students in choosing Malaysia as a preferred education destination,” Idris said.

Malaysia’s oldest and most prestigious university, UM now ranks ahead of top institutions such as Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia and Georgetown University in United States.

UM’s Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Hashim, during an exclusive interview with HE Today recently referred the improvement in rankings as an affirmation of the university’s strategic plan.

The university, he said, continued to strive to be an internationally renowned institution of higher learning in teaching, research, publication and innovation.

UM’s strength comes from its experienced, talented, as well as world-class academics and researchers.

The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the top universities in the world.