None of the Malaysian universities figures among the world’s top 100 universities, with the U.S. and the U.K. dominating the scene.

Harvard University has retained its top position in 2009, while Cambridge University, U.K has moved up from third to second position. Yale University of the U.S. has slipped one position to third.

According to the QS/Times Higher Education rankings, the University College London (UCL) leapfrogged Oxford University as the latter slipped from fourth to joint fifth position along with Imperial College, London.

Overall, the U.K. still punches above its weight, second only to the US. It has four out of the top 10 slots and 18 in the top 100.

Tokyo is highest ranked Asian university.

The number of Asian universities in the list of top 100 has increased from 14 to 16. The University of Tokyo, at 22, is the highest ranked Asian university, ahead of the University of Hong Kong that stands at 24 and National University of Singapore (NUS) is at 30.

However, Malaysia’s top university, University of Malaya (UM), is back in the world’s Top 200 varsities at no 180. This is 50 places better than last year. Wow what a showing!

It is really a pity that none of the Malaysian Universities could figure among the Top 100 universities in the world. From this, one gets a clear picture of where we stand in the global education scenario.

It is high time the matter is looked into seriously, and fruitful measures taken at the earliest before we slide even lower. Why we are sliding down so badly is very obvious. The quota system is screwing up everything. Besides, our education system in Malaysia doesn’t allow our students flexibility and the opportunity to explore a subject in depth and worst still meritocracy is not favored at all by our political masters.

Politicians should stop experimenting with our education system. UMNO and BN is responsible for our sorry state of affair. Wonder what happened to our great APEX University, the University Sains Malaysia (USM)? Habuk pun tadak ini USM. This goes to prove that we are just JAGUH KAMPONG lah. Our University of Malaya used to be on par with National University of Singapore during the 60’s and 70’s, where are we now? Why have we fallen so badly? Is it not because our education system and civil administration here is politicised?

Our education must be liberated from racism and capitalism then only will we be able to see some change in our international ratings.

Anyway, the top 10 Universities are: Harvard (U.S.), Cambridge (U.K.), Yale(U.S.), UCL, London (U.K.), Imperial College, London and Oxford (both U.K., joint 5), Chicago (U.S.), Princeton (U.S.), MIT, Massachusetts (U.S.) and California Institute of Technology (U.S.). See the full ranking here

  1. Tabugbo NnaEmeka Anthony says:

    It is obvious but a change can also be made and is very possible.


  2. milo says:

    u….should not judge people by its…title.. or ranking..usm also one of excellent university,,,,apex university,,,,,


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  4. estralita says:

    When we comment about university standards, we must know the bases that the reviewer use for analysis. Otherwise we will be comparing apples with rambutans, which would be an exercise in futility.

    There are 7,000 universities and colleges in the US. Since many of these institutions do not fall under the top 200 universities in the world, does this mean that the US education system is no good?

    There is also the very subtle bias shown against education in Bahasa Melayu when articles are written by non-Malays and foreign educated persons – including Malays – about the local universities.

    We must attempt to rid ourselves of such prejudice if we want to have unity in this country.

    Malaysian law graduate.


  5. Muhammed says:

    hell. i wont came to unversity. and master ddegre.


  6. bisobona says:

    Who cares about USM? USM is full of PR supporters. UM is full of UMNO supporters.


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