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UTP makes its debut in QS World University Ranking 2016/2017

(6 September 2016)

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has made its debut in the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings, entering in the 601-650 band.


UTP is also the only private university to make it into the rankings. It ranks 6th after Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia, hence remains as the best private university in Malaysia.  UTP and International Islamic University Malaysia share the same band of 601-650.


The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the top universities in the world.  The rankings are based on four key pillars: research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.   


The methodology consists of six indicators: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), faculty student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), international students (5%), and international faculty (5%). 


As an institution of higher learning, UTP's reputation has been continuously strengthened.  In less than two decades since it was established in 1997, UTP has attained prestigious national and international recognitions.


The university has improved its standing in the QS Asian University Rankings 2016, moving up to 127th place from the ranking range of 151 - 160 last year. 


UTP was ranked 288th for the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Faculty for its 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 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.​