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 UTP IN THE TOP 200 QS WORLD UNIVERSITY SUBJECT RANKINGS (26 FEBRUARY 2014)

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) makes it to the top 200 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject (Chemical Engineering) released by QS recently.


This outstanding achievement indicates that UTP has reached its objective to be in the top 200 World University Rankings in Chemical Engineering, much earlier than the university has planned.  Based on UTP’s 30-year aspiration roadmap, this feat is only to be achieved in the year 2020.

The QS formulates the World University Ranking by Subject based on two important criteria which are research quality and graduates employability. 

CriteriaIndicator
Research Quality1.       Academic Peer Review  (based on the assessment year)
2.       Citations per faculty (based on 5-year data)
Graduates Employability3.       Recruiter Review (based on the year assessment year)


In the assessment process, QS accesses three extensive datasets which are the global academic and employer reputation surveys, and the Scopus data used for the citations per paper indicator in the overall QS World University Rankings.   These three components are combined to produce the results of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, with weightings adapted by discipline. 

Global academic reputation
QS’s global survey of academics has been the centerpiece of the QS World University Rankings. In 2014, results were based on responses from 62,000 academics worldwide. Having provided their name, contact details, job title and the institution where they are based, respondents identify the countries, regions and faculty areas that they have most familiarity with, and up to two narrower subject disciplines in which they consider themselves expert. For each of the (up to five) faculty areas they identify, respondents are asked to list up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions that they consider excellent for research in the given area. They are not able to select their own institution.

Global employer reputation
The QS World University Rankings are unique in incorporating employability as a key factor in the evaluation of international universities. The employer reputation survey works on a similar basis to the academic one, only without the channelling for different faculty areas. Employers are asked to identify up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions they consider excellent for the recruitment of graduates. They are also asked to identify from which disciplines they prefer to recruit. After examining where these two questions intersect, QS can infer a measure of excellence in a given discipline.

Citations per paper
For the purpose of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, QS measures citations per paper rather than per faculty member.  Both the minimum publications threshold and the weighting applied to the citations indicator are adapted in order to best reflect prevalent publication and citation patterns in a given discipline. All citations data is sourced from Scopus, the world’s most comprehensive research citations database. As of 2013, a score based on ‘h-index’ has been added to the QS World University Rankings by Subject. The h-index is a way of measuring both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist’s most cited papers and the number of citations that s/he has received in other publications. 

With this accomplishment, it marks another significant milestone in UTP.  With only 17 years of establishment, the University has progressively developed into one of the top 200 universities in the world over a very short span of time and is on track in becoming a recognised research university.  ​