Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) emerged as the first private university in the country to receive a four star rating by the world varsities rating agency, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
UTP Vice Chancellor, Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim said UTP has improved in its overall performance from last year, moving up from three stars to four stars rating, which indicates highly internationally and demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching.
The result includes top scores of a five-star rating in five areas out of eight, namely graduates’ high employability rate, international feel of the community and the campus, high standard of student facilities, innovation and accessibility of the university to students.
“The QS Stars rating system is widely recognised across the world and this award will help further develop the university’s growing international reputation. With this recognition, the university can benchmark itself with the best international universities while also placing it in good stead when compared with other international institutions.
“This has certainly raised our international brand awareness and we can now proudly add this notable achievement to our credentials,” said Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim.
The QS Stars Rating System is utilised by more than 130 universities in 30 countries. The rating system is an in depth analysis of a university’s systems to award from one to a maximum of five stars. It gives an overall institutional rating, as well as ratings in eight key domain areas namely teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, facilities, innovation, access and specialist subjects.
Incidentally, UTP has also earned a place in the QS World University Top 200 Ranking by Subject for Chemical Engineering and is the only private university in Malaysia to break into the QS Asian University Top 200 Ranking.
These significant and outstanding accomplishments in the relatively short 17 year history of UTP is something which is not often seen in the arena of tertiary education, and speak volumes for the institution’s standards of excellence.