Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) has become the first local technical and non-research university in the country to receive the prestigious QS 5-star overall rating award in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Star Rating System.
The QS Star rating reflects the high qualities of teaching, research, community services, and globalisation at UMP besides performing well in the advanced criteria of QS Star ratings, namely “innovation” and “inclusiveness”, New Straits Times reported.
UMP’s Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Seri Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim, said the latest achievement is at par with UMP’s aspiration to become a state-of-the-art technical university by 2020 which will receive not only local but also recognitions from abroad.
Instead of being satisfied with their latest feat, he said UMP will continue to work hard to ensure its students and curriculum are ready to meet the future demands and challenges.
Since its inception 16 years ago, UMP has always been at the forefront, particularly in the technological and engineering sector, he added.
“UMP are ready to offer a wide range of skills and practical-based tertiary education in the fields of engineering and technology,” he said.
UMP is also currently ranked in the top 2.4 percent universities in the 2018 QS Asia University Rankings.
And in order to reinforce the movement, Daing said new programmes are established in areas such as Business Engineering, Process Plant Operation, and Mining & Mineral Technology.
He said UMP has been working closely with the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and Reutlingen University in Germany, as well as the Northern Illinois University in USA, for dual-degree programmes.
Daing said 95 percent of UMP graduates have been employed upon graduating last year, and the graduate employability encompasses beyond academic strength, focusing on “work-readiness” – the ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural team, deliver presentations, and manage people and projects.
The Pekan-based university has also emerged as the top university among 15 Asian universities with high publication growth rate in Engineering as reported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2013, and has been ranked world’s 58th by UI GreenMetric World University Ranking in 2016.