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​UTP Maintains Its Position As Malaysia’s Top Private University

(27 June 2019)



​Seri Iskandar, 27 June – It was a double joy for Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) when the university rose significantly in the Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world rankings recently.

For THE Young University Rankings 2019 (universities under 50 years of establishment), UTP was ranked at 101-150 in the world.  The university recorded a steady growth in terms of its rank, as last year it was placed at 151-200. UTP also scored the highest in two areas, international outlook and research (Please refer below chart for further details).


For QS World University Rankings 2020, UTP was ranked among 1,620 institutions worldwide.  It has improved its position, rising 39 spots and is now in 482nd place.  It has now jumped 119 places since its debut in the rankings in 2017.

The analysis into the ranking results showed UTP's significant improvements in four indicators, namely academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty and faculty-student ratio.


UTP Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib said despite the university's young age of 22 years, it has continuously achieved excellence by maintaining its position as the top private Malaysian university, proven through consistently being ranked in the world and the nation rankings and ratings such as QS, THE, Malaysia Research Assessment Rating System (MyRA) and Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education (SETARA). 


Notably, UTP is the first private university in Malaysia to be rated a maximum 5-star overall rating in the QS StarsTM University Rating System.  For QS Asia University Rankings 2019, UTP is ranked 99th, making it Malaysia's only private university in the top 100 QS Asia.  

In addition, for THE, the university is ranked 601-800 for the World Rankings 2019 and 98th for the Asia University Rankings 2019.

Furthermore, UTP is the only private university in Malaysia to achieve six-star rating (the highest performance level) in MyRA for its research development and commercialisation programme.

Lastly, the university is also rated six-star (outstanding status) in the latest SETARA rankings.

Moving forward, UTP will continue to emphasise on strategies leading towards academic leadership, research stewardship, students' experience and operational excellence in its quest to become globally prominent.


"We are constantly expanding and growing our network and collaborative efforts knowing that one of the keys for growth is networking with the right partners.  Our goal is to become an internationally recognised partner of choice for industry and respected scientific communities by 2025," he said.


In line with the industry's needs and to face Industrial Revolution 4.0, UTP is offering three new programmes namely Bachelor of Materials Engineering, Bachelor of Business Management (Business Analytics) and MSc in Electronic Systems Engineering (Open and Distance Learning).  The university also plans to introduce two new programmes - Master of Science in Corrosion Engineering and Master of Science in Industrial Environmental Engineering.