Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has significantly improved its standing in the QS Asian University Rankings 2016, moving up to 127th place from the ranking range of 151 - 160 last year.
With this achievement, UTP is ranked 6th in the nation after Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and remains the best private university in Malaysia.
This year, the QS University Rankings: Asia highlights the top 350 universities in Asia based on nine indicators including academic reputation, employer reputation, proportion of staff with PhD, papers per faculty, citations per paper, faculty student ratio, proportion of international faculty, proportion of international students, proportion of inbound and outbound exchange students.
“We are proud with this achievement. We are young but we have what it takes in dealing with the challenges and upheavals that have built our resilience in ensuring success,” said UTP Vice Chancellor, Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim.
In less than two decades since it was established in 1997, the university has attained prestigious national and international recognitions.
UTP was ranked 288th for the 2015 QS World University Rankings under the Engineering and Technology Faculty.
UTP has also made a commendable achievement in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2016. QS has recognised UTP as amongst the world’s elite institutions in four of the 42 subjects featured in the rankings.
This year marks a significant improvement in ranking for Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering subjects. Chemical Engineering has improved its position and is now ranked in the top 150 in the world compared with top 200 in 2015.
At the same time, Mechanical Engineering is now ranked in the top 200, a jump from its previous position in the top 250 last year. This is a tremendous achievement for Mechanical Engineering, which only made its maiden entrance to the QS ranking system last year.
The Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Computer Science & Information Systems subjects remain in the top 250 and top 350, respectively.
UTP is also the only private university in Malaysia to be rated a four-star institution by QS, with a maximum five-star rating in five areas out of eight, namely employability, internationalisation, innovations, facilities and inclusiveness.
“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 help and commitment of everyone involved, our journey continues in realising our aspiration to become a globally prominent university,” Datuk Abdul Rahim said.