Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has been awarded a six-star rating for its research, development and commercialisation efforts by Malaysia Research Assessment Instrument (MyRA). With this achievement, UTP is the first private and a non-Research University in the country to receive six stars, the highest performance level for its research excellence.
UTP was assessed for its research and innovation achievements from eight different areas of quantity & quality of researchers, quantity & quality of research, number of postgraduates, quality of postgraduates, innovation, professional services & gifts, networking & linkages and support facilities.
UTP Vice Chancellor, Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim said participating in various rating and ranking initiatives are part and parcel of the university’s efforts to improve its standing and branding as a reputable provider of higher education services and credible partner for research.
“These participations enable us to position where we are vis a vis our peers. They also help us to understand where our strengths and gaps are, which will allow us to address them appropriately for continuous improvement," he said.
Apart from the six-star rating, the university has attained prestigious national and international recognitions in less than two decades since its establishment. One of its most significant achievements was breaking into the top 200 ranks of the 2014 Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings by subject for Chemical Engineering, a success that was repeated this year.
It also climbed upward to be ranked among the top 160 universities in Asia under the QS Asian University Rankings this year, making it the only private university in Malaysia within this higher echelons of academia. It also ranked at 288 for the 2015 QS World University Rankings under the Engineering and Technology Faculty.
Its list of accomplishments also include an overall 4-star rating from QS in 2014 as well as 5-star awards for five areas, namely employability, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation.
“We have successfully exceeded our goals and expectations so far and I am confident that we can achieve future goals that we have set for ourselves. With the full support from our stakeholders especially the government, industries, partners, students and parents, this is our way forward in achieving global prominence,” Datuk Abdul Rahim said.