By Khairul Anuar Muhamad Noh
SERDANG - Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) suceeded in boosting the positions of 16 of its subjects when they were ranked in the world’s top 200 in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 which was announced on March 8, 2017.
UPM improved in terms of the number of subjects, from 15 last year to 16 this year, and it was also placed among the world’s top 100 in Agriculture and Forestry subjects, a position it has held for five consecutive years, and other subjects - Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical & Manufacturing - where it was ranked against more than 4,000 universities worldwide. Adding feather in its cap was when 23 other subjects were listed as the world’s top 400 compared to 19 subjects last year.
UPM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris congratulated all staff and students who were behind the successes of UPM’s entities in improving its performance in the world rankings.
"The jump in the number of subjects to 23, our ability to maintain Agriculture and Forestry subjects in the world's top 100 for five years in a row and the listing of two more subjects in the world’s top 100 are successful achievements that UPM can be proud of due to stiff competition and better performances put up by other regional institutions.
“Strengthening of strategic partnerships with the industry, government and alumni, including international institutions in promoting excellence of internationalization initiatitives has enhanced our contributions for the Malaysian agenda and made further inroads for UPM to face global competition,” she said.
Of late, she added that UPM had made some improvements in its internationalization activities, covering mobility of its lecturers and students, research and publications, publications of high-impact journals and publication of books for the international market.
"Rating and emphasis on academic research quality and number of publications in leading journals, and high number of citations and H-Index, have shown an increase of late.
"As far as teaching is concerned, the revised curriculum focuses not only on the main courses but also additional programmes that could help improve graduates’ soft skills,” she added.
More information on the results of QS World University Ranking 2017 can be obtained at https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2017.
Updated:: 15/03/2017 [idah]