This year’s QS World University Rankings (WUR) by Subject 2020 saw the University of Malaya (UM) maintaining its performance amongst the world’s leading universities by having three (3) of its academic disciplines ranked within the Top 50 in the world. These include Library and Information Science (38th in rank), Electrical & Electronic Engineering (46th), and Development Studies (49th). In addition, the following three (3) academic disciplines rose to be within the Top 100: Architecture/Built Environment, Modern Languages and Accounting & Finance. Of the 34 ranked academic disciplines, UM has maintained 50 percent (50%) of its subjects within the world Top 100 this year.
In Malaysia, UM is ranked first (1st) in all the five (5) broad subject areas of the QS-WUR by Subject. Globally, UM was ranked within the Top 100 in two (2) of the five broad subject areas, i.e. Engineering & Technology (ranked 55th) and Social Sciences & Management (74th). Arts & Humanities is ranked 105th, down six places from 2019. While this achievement fell short of the three (3) Top 100 areas last year, Life Sciences & Medicine registered an improvement to 174th (from 182nd in 2019).
Vice-Chancellor Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Hj. Hashim thanked all UM staff for their unfailing commitment and dedication to outstanding research and teaching, while striving for its strong support that has contributed significantly to the University’s achievement. Datuk Rahim also stated, “The 2016-2020 UM Strategic Plan has produced great results in research, teaching and learning, and internationalization to ensure that UM graduates are well sought-after globally. UM is now formulating the next phase of its Strategic Plan for 2021-2025”.