Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has climbed nine spots from 23to 14 in a list of the world’s 50 best young universities by Quacquarelly Symonds (QS), in what deemed to be the university’s “best performance ever”.

USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Asma Ismail said the significant jump meant that the varsity was just shy of a few spots from being in top 10 of the world’s best young universities listing.

“I believe that this is a great achievement, manifesting the commitment made by the university staff, both academic and administration, as well as its alumni and stakeholders,” she said in a statement.

She said USM has recorded numerous achievements in various fields this year and the recognition will place Malaysia on the map of world-class higher learning institutions.

“Recently, Dr Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah was named the World’s Best Science Communicator at FameLab International 2018 Competition and five of our scientists were selected to represent Malaysia at the upcoming 68thNobel Laureate Meeting from June 24 to 29 in Lindau, Germany,” she said.

USM also went up in ranking in the QS World University Ranking 2019 (QS-WUR 2019) released in early June 2018.

It went up 57 places to rank 207, up from 264 in the previous year.

USM is also among the top 21 percent of 1,011 institutions ranked by QS from 1,233 institutions evaluated worldwide in the 2019 ranking list.