Where are the Malaysian universities in Times Higher Education 2012-2013 rankings?

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The latest rankings by Times Higher Education are out, but where are the Malaysian universities? This is a reflection of the dismal standards to which they have sunk.

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The top three Asian universities as ranked by THE are University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong.

The latest rankings on the Times website.

Top Asian universities 2012-13

RankInstitutionCountry / RegionOverall score change criteria
27University of Tokyo Japan
78.3
29National University of Singapore Singapore
77.5
35University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
75.6
46Peking University China
70.7
50Pohang University of Science and Technology Republic of Korea
69.4
52Tsinghua University China
67.1
54Kyoto University Japan
66.8
59Seoul National University Republic of Korea
65.9
65Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
64.4
68Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Republic of Korea
64.0
86Nanyang Technological University Singapore
59.4
124Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
54.4
128Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
53.7
134National Taiwan University Taiwan
53.2
137Tohoku University Japan
53.1
137Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
53.1
147Osaka University Japan
52.0
158Tel Aviv University Israel
50.5
182City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
48.5
183Yonsei University Republic of Korea
48.2
193Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel
46.9
201-225Fudan University China
Data withheld by THE
201-225Middle East Technical University Turkey
Data withheld by THE
201-225Nagoya University Japan
Data withheld by THE
201-225University of Science and Technology of China China
Data withheld by THE
201-225Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) Republic of Korea
Data withheld by THE
226-250Bilkent University Turkey
Data withheld by THE
226-250Indian Institute of Technology, KharagpurIndia
Data withheld by THE
226-250Koç UniversityTurkey
Data withheld by THE
226-250Korea University Republic of Korea
Data withheld by THE
226-250National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
Data withheld by THE
251-275National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
Data withheld by THE
251-275Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
Data withheld by THE
251-275Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay India
Data withheld by THE
251-275Nanjing University China
Data withheld by THE
251-275Tokyo Metropolitan University Japan
Data withheld by THE
276-300Boğaziçi University Turkey
Data withheld by THE
276-300Istanbul Technical University Turkey
Data withheld by THE
276-300Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
Data withheld by THE
276-300Tokyo Medical and Dental University Japan
Data withheld by THE
301-350National Cheng Kung UniversityTaiwan
Data withheld by THE
301-350Hokkaido University Japan
Data withheld by THE
301-350Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong
Data withheld by THE
301-350King Abdulaziz UniversitySaudi Arabia
Data withheld by THE
301-350Kyushu University Japan
Data withheld by THE
301-350Renmin University of ChinaChina
Data withheld by THE
301-350Sharif University of Technology Iran
Data withheld by THE
301-350National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan
Data withheld by THE
301-350Sun Yat-sen University China
Data withheld by THE
301-350University of Tsukuba Japan
Data withheld by THE
301-350Zhejiang University China
Data withheld by THE
351-400National Central University Taiwan
Data withheld by THE
351-400Indian Institute of Technology, RoorkeeIndia
Data withheld by THE
351-400Keio University Japan
Data withheld by THE
351-400King Mongkut’s University of Technology, ThonburiThailand
Data withheld by THE
351-400National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Taiwan
Data withheld by THE
351-400Waseda University Japan
Data withheld by THE
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Dino Bravo
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Dino Bravo

For me, this ranking is almost correct. We got to accept it. However, our universities should employ world class professors.

Maverick
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Maverick

Most of the commentor is anti BN for sure !!….All their comment is therefore meaningless.
There is a reason why we are the 16th trader nation in the world ! The world 4th shopping destination, etc. There surely good things done by Malaysian and our Politician !

imranho
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imranho

To understand ranking, we have to understand the ranker’s agenda … and the ranking business…

Scientist
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Scientist

I have visited NUS and NTU and they are for real. Their hiring and promotion standards are way tougher than those in Malaysia. They also benefit from the readily-available talents, many of whom from China, who graduated from prestigious universities in the West. With no permanent jobs in the West and nowhere to go, Singapore is the next best place to be for these foreign talents. With color-blind hiring practices based on meritocracy, obscenely-high salaries, and the tons of money from the Singaporean govt, it is just no surprise at all to see these institutions improving by leaps and bounds.… Read more »

Floris
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Floris

UM is living on its past glory.

Today it is no different from UiTM.

Of course its alumni is still in denial. Cannot blame them.

incredulous
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incredulous

lol – even the made-in-china universities rank higher than Malaysian U.

concern malaysian
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concern malaysian

The reply from the ministry: 1. Different benchmark. We feel they are bias. 2. We produce a lot of qualified graduates that are now successful professional. 3. Our university has different course structure that emphasize differently. 4. We are still better than many 3rd world country. The story will spin and spin. Our government is excellent in story telling and always in the state of denial. When they always give u the fish, rather than teach u how to fish, it is time we know we need to do something drastic. Their heart to achieve a better Malaysia in the… Read more »

Chua
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Chua

I work in SG for a MNC and interviewed many UM applicants and I can tell you that the average Nanyang tech unit graduates are way more qualified than the average UM grads. Communication, presentation skills, technical knowledge and command of English is superior by several levels. MNC employers running HQs prefer to hire NUS/NTU grads over Australian grads. Malaysian grads go to Australia because of the low standard of local unis and MNC in Malaysia take them because they are better than the rest. This is definitely not the case in SG. The bottom 30% of graduates that cannot… Read more »

Yang
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Yang

Only an idiot would keep saying not fair not fair not fair as he is too stupid to be able to think and brainwashed into thinking its always 1Malaysia Boleh.

The Cheap can keep saying Malaysia Boleh a thousand or a millions times but it will infect the idiot and stupid

Kevin
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Kevin

Not to mention, the ranking system is not full proof and varies according to the criteria. I judge the university by the quality of its staff, the quality of graduates and the research they do. Not based on figures of international students, foreign staff and other things they include. How do u justify that Nanyang Technological University, Sg, which was prior to this only a polytechnic is ranked above places like Uni of New South Wales, Australia and Uni of Auckland, NZ which are leading institutions that conducts high-impact research year after year. I can believe the rankings to a… Read more »

Lokman
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Lokman

Please check your facts about the origin of Nanyang Technological University. You must be mistaken with Ngee Ann Polytechnic which is still a top-rated polytechnic in Singapore.

Kevin
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Kevin

In the case of Times higher education ranking, the top malaysian universities did not participate in the ranking process, hence no entries. However if you were the check the QS rankings which are also used internationally, University of Malaya has improved tremendously over the past 5 years from abut 300 to now within the top 150. I always give credit where credit is due. The current VC of UM is doing a good job and under his admin their rankings have only improved compared to the past 20 years of sliding down the ladder. As for other local unis, I… Read more »

gurjit singh
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I’m NOT surprised at all,folks.In the 60’s n 70’s our universities namely UM,USM,UKM n UPM were ranked top 50!Uni Malaya was in the top 20. The fall of Education Standard in Malaysia was started by none other than … a/l kutty,as education minister in 1974,subjects changed to Bahasa Malaysia.As for me,i was lucky.Finished my MCE in 1977 but in 1980 it was SPM. During my time n before,all Teachers were Uni Graduates who were respected by students and parents! In 1983 WHO(World Health Organisation)cancelled the Status of Recognition of our Medical Courses conducted in the Local Uni’s,thanks again to …… Read more »

Yang
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Yang

Gurjit Sing,
In the 60s you need to pass the qualifying test (QT) before you go to Form 6. Even though you may have pass the SC but does not get through the QT, you may not be able enter Form 6. Now if you have good results in SPM you may still go to U. Thats how our standard has declined. Sobri was right, sooner you will only need your school results to go to U.

Even our driving license are not accepted in many countries whereas Singapore are internationally accepted.

This is One Cheap Malaysia Boleh

Vivek
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Vivek

QT is for those who who got a C in the form 3 exam. If you don’t pass it you would not be allowed to sit for the Senior Cambridge.

Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

Why bother the ranking when the measurement is not fair ??? Before continuing the spinning, did you check the criteria for ranking ???

SFL
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SFL

Dumb GERAKAN K you are always in denial. Tomorrow they tell you the sun rises in the East and you will say no it is the West. You are an irritant and a pest. Real dumb.

yum
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yum

Malaysian universities did not submit themselves to be evaluated for this report. Why? Because the Higher Education Ministry on a matter of principle, disagreed with the criteria of the evaluation.

The criteria was heavily (90% scoring) into research, publications, and teaching. Because in Malaysia, we don’t do those three things. We just admit students, and graduate them.

Ahmad Sobri
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Ahmad Sobri

I believe the above ranking is an effort to sabotage the excellent performance of our Universities. Didn’t our education Minister once said, our Universities are better than those of United States, Germany and Japan? Surely, our em and also dpm cannot be misleading the country? The Rakyat has got no reason to believe the above ranking as what our em said is the truth, nothing but the truth! No wonder, today, whatever the Government says, the Rakyat is taking it with a pinch of salt! Wait, this is just the beginning, with the scrapping of the STPM next year, you… Read more »

Vincent Ang
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Vincent Ang

Scrapping the PMR not STPM friend.

Ahmad Sobri
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Ahmad Sobri

I commented scrapping the STPM, not PMR. STPM is used as the entrance exam for those students who are not absorbed by the mediocre and weak matriculation course. But, even the STPM is now scrapped, University entrance will now be based on school works and results will be based on school exams, no longer a standard exam for all students. If you are a headmaster and if you want your students to “excel” in this exam just set Form 3 or Form 5 questions to gain entry in the university. Where is the control? Who controls? God Bless Malaysia! Selamatkan… Read more »

kkll
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kkll

don’t go out of your way to say matriculation is mediocre or weak and undermine students who took it as a way to break away from the issue at hand. as if u did it matriculation and u scored 100%? u’d be lucky to get 50%

Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

Why bother the ranking when the measurement is unfair ??? Before spinning anymore, do you check their measurement criteria ???

Nirwana
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Nirwana

It will sure be interesting to hear the fairy tale excuses that are going to be vomited out by our 3rd grade ruling politicians. Can’t wait to enjoy the stand-up comedies …….

rajan
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Where do we find malapex unis ?. Very simple to find one !
Go straight,turn left left and left again, youd come to the edge of the cliff
just in front of lorong belakang mati off persiaran dungu

Ho Choong Sin
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LOL!! Good one, Rajan!!!

Peking Duck
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Peking Duck

of course…thats where he studied!!!….(you will get a d… answer as well)

Yang
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Yang

And thats 1malaysia boleh land isn`t it