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The QS ranking was previously known as Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings. The publisher had collaborated with Times Higher Education (THE) magazine to publish its international league tables from 2004 to 2009 before both started to announce their own versions. QS then chose to continue using the pre-existing methodology in partnership with Elsevier.

Since the split, QS continues to publish the World University Rankings (QS WUR), Asia University Rankings (QS AUR), World University Rankings by Subject, Graduate Employability Rankings (QS GER), among others, where they compare all participating institutions on a host of different criteria: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty student ratio, international students ratio and international per faculty ratio.

Universiti Malaya (UM) has been ranked in these rankings in stages since 2014 and its breakthrough was in 2019, where UM placed itself in the world Top 100 in World University Ranking series.

University of Malaya (UM) first appeared in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (WUR) in 2014 and was ranked at 167th. In 2019, UM break through to the Top 100 in QS WUR, the only Malaysian university in the band.

UM retains its place among the global top 100 universities for a fifth straight year in the Quacquarelli- Symonds World University Rankings (QS-WUR) 2023, further establishing its place among this group of elite institutions.

At 70th rank, UM is placed within the top 5% of the 1,422 institutions ranked by QS and remains the best university in the country, and 3rd in Southeast Asia.

University of Malaya (UM) participated in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings (AUR), where QS evaluates 11 key indicators including academic and employer reputations, the number of staff holding a PhD, and the percentage of international students.

UM is ranked 9th in the QS AUR 2023, which placed itself among the top 2% of the 760 Asian universities ranked. The university has consistently improved its performance over the last 12 years.

Among ASEAN universities, UM retained to be ranked the 3rd for the fifth time since year 2019.

The inaugural Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (QS-WUR) - Sustainability 2023 has the University of Malaya (UM) placed 66 th globally out of 700 ranked institutions. This is a recognition of UM’s efforts towards sustainable practices in its teaching and learning, research, innovation, and internationalization initiatives.

Universiti Malaya (UM) is home to 15 top 100 subjects, the highest number in Malaysia. Based on its number of top-100 programs, Malaysia is the home to the 26th strongest higher education system in the world. In terms of its total number of ranked programs across the 54 subject tables, Malaysia is the 19th most-represented territory in the world.

Last Update: 20/06/2023