SHAH ALAM, 19 June: The decline in global rankings of Malaysia’s public universities continues, this time in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2014 released today where no local tertiary institution made it to the top 100.
The Malaysian National University (University Kebangsaan Malaysia or UKM), which was ranked number 87 last year, did not feature in the ranking this year.
Five countries were represented in the top 10 of the Asian university rankings – Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and China.
Even India made outstanding progress with 10 institutions in the top 100, compared with only three last year.
The University of Tokyo ranked number one this year with an overall score of 76.4, followed by the National University of Singapore (NUS) at second place with an overall score of 72.4 and the University of Hong Kong came in third with a score of 65.3.
The Middle East was also well represented, with universities from Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Turkey making the list.
Mahidol University of Thailand made the grade too at 87, “but there is no place for Malaysia”, Times Higher Education noted about the Southeast Asian nation where tertiary education has become a significant industry.