Ten courses offered by Malaysian public and private universities have made it to the top 50 best subjects in the world.
The rankings by recent QS World University Rankings by Subject is a tremendous achievement by Malaysian universities as there was only one course ranked in the top 50 in 2014.
Taylor’s University ranked the highest at the 21st place for Hospitality and Leisure Management, being the first private university in Malaysia to enter the category.
Universiti Malaya (UM) conquered the list by ranking seven courses, with Library and Information Management leading the pack at the 24th place.
Other subjects listed in the rankings include Electronic and Electrical Engineering (30th), Development Studies (30th), Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (41st), Chemical Engineering (42nd), Civil and Structural Engineering (46th), and Mineral and Mining (47th).
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) both joined the ranks in the fields of Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies (31st) as well as Mineral and Mining (43rd) respectively.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh had said that the university rankings made a significant impact towards the national system of higher education.
“After 12 years, the impact has been largely positive. University rankings have also had a significant impact on our internationalisation efforts – both in terms of staff and student recruitment.
He added that the rankings attract foreign students to pursue studies in Malaysia and foreign lecturers and researchers to work in Malaysian universities.
“In 2014, we only had one subject that entered the rankings, followed by two in 2015, three in 2016, 11 last year and 10 this year.
“While overall it is one subject less compared to 2017, it is nevertheless a strong outcome and consistency shown.
“What’s important now is for our universities to analyse this outcome, benchmark against other universities and look towards continuous improvement to provide the best education possible,” he said.
In total, 162 courses at 17 Malaysian universities are ranked in the category.