Top 20 Universities in Malaysia According to QS University Rankings 2020

By Nur Hafiza Abu Bakar | Last modified 05 Feb 2020
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Malaysia continuously climbs up the ranking and soon will emerge as one of the first study hubs in the world. Malaysian universities are known for producing credible and outstanding academic deliveries.

Both local public and private universities have made a growing and strong presence in the recent QS University Rankings.

top 20 universities in malaysia qs rankings

Besides deciding the academic field to study after Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Malaysian students have to go through a confusing process to choose which university they should register.

While some students decide to pursue their studies abroad, there is also a large percentage of school leavers who are interested in getting into the local universities. 

So how do you decide on your choice of university? There is no fixed manual you can follow in making the decision.

You can either do your own research or go through a consultation getting advice from counsellors to help determine your academic path (get in touch with our counsellors today!).

But most Malaysian students and even parents would search up the university rankings and see which university ranks the highest.

Malaysia Catches Up the Global Higher Education Ranking

Malaysia higher education has positively progressed over the years, and this achievement can be seen through QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings in 2018, whereby Malaysia is ranked 25th out of over 195 countries in the world, becoming the 2nd Southeast Asia (SEA) country that made into the list.

If Malaysia tertiary education is getting a significant presence in the global stance, it is no longer a doubt that Malaysia is just a few levels away to get to the top.

Malaysia continuously climbs up the ranking and soon will emerge as one of the first study hubs in the world. Malaysian universities are known for producing credible and outstanding academic deliveries.

Both local public and private universities have made a growing and strong presence in the recent QS University Ranking. 

Top Universities in Malaysia 

Based on the QS World University Ranking 2020, 20 Malaysian universities have delivered an outstanding performance in the ranking, defeating over 25,000 universities worldwide. 

universiti malaya

Source: GovInsider

Universiti Malaya (UM) claims the first spot among other Malaysian universities, ranked at #70 in the top 100 universities in the world. It took a major leap of 17 steps upwards from #87, which was the previous year’s rankings. 

UCSI University stands the best private university followed by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UTP), and Taylor's University.

Below is the complete list of top 20 universities in Malaysia, comprising of both public and private universities according to the QS Rankings. The rankings for 2019 are also listed so you can see how each university made its improvement to the top.

#

University

2020

2019

1

Universiti Malaya

70

87

2

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

159

202

3

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

160

184

4

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

165

207

5

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

217

228

6

UCSI University

442

481

7

Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)

482

521-530

8

Taylor’s University

511-520

601-650

9

Management and Science University (MSU)

541-550

-

10

Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)

591-600

601-650

11

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

651-700

651-700

12

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

651-700

751-800

13

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)

701-751

-

14

Sunway University

751-800

-

15

Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)

751-800

-

16

Multimedia University (MMU)

801-1000

801-1000

17

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak 

801-1000

=

18

Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)

801-1000

701-750

19

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

801-1000

-

20

Universiti Malaysia Sabah

801-1000

-

If you are a school leaver and still in doubt considering which university and course you should take, you can refer to our complete guide on pursuing your studies in Malaysia.

We have detailed out all the information needed like qualifications, tuition fees, cost of living, the best course to study and more just for you! 

Tips: Deciding which university to study can be daunting and stressful. Although university ranking plays an important part in determining the choice of university, other factors like campus environment, facilities, location, costs and career pathway should also be considered.

It is best to make a good research on the universities that cover different aspects as mentioned so that your decision-making process goes easier. 

What is QS World University Rankings?

qs world university ranking

QS World University Rankings is released annually; assessing the universities that ranked the best worldwide.

It is done to exhibit each university’s academic reputation and the assessment is evaluated through different key aspects which include academic peer review, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, employer reputation, international student ratio and international staff ratio.

The end results portray the university’s overall academic mission: teaching, research, graduate employability and internationalisation.

Posted on 25 Oct 2019
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