SERDANG, June 8 - Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) surges on its ranking to 229th position in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2017/2018 released today, while maintaining its status as the second best university in the country.
UPM leaps 41 places moving up from 270th last year, and continuously improving its position for four consecutive years.
UPM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris said the QS World University Ranking also placed UPM in the group of one percent world's best universities among the 26,000 universities in the world.
"UPM received the highest score among local universities for the International Student indicator, besides increasing its scores in three other indicators - Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation and Faculty Students Ratio.
“UPM’s efforts in strengthening its fundamental also bore fruits," she said, expressing her confidence that UPM could achieve the target to be among the world's top 200 universities by 2020 as underlined in its Putra Global 200 goals.
She said in line with UPM’s vision to become a university of international repute, the QS ranking could directly assist in evaluating UPM’s level of visibility, particularly in the aspects of teaching and learning as well as research and innovation.
Prof Aini also said although UPM’s achievements has surpassed its initial target, efforts to improve other indicators such as increasing the number of international lecturers and improving academic quality and students will be doubled.
"Improving the quality of the curriculum and students' employability can improve the network and reputation of UPM students in the eyes of prospective employers.
“UPM also strengthen its fundamentals aspects especially in impactful research and publications in top tier journals.
“University staff and students should not be complacent but continue to push momentum of excellence to prepare UPM for stiff competition in education industry,” she said.
QS World University Ranking 2017/2018 is based on six indicators - Academic Reputation (40%), Employer Reputation (10%), Student to Faculty Ratio (20%), Citations per Faculty (20%), International Faculty (5%) and International Students (5%). - UPM
Updated:: 08/06/2017 [hairul_nizam]