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In Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS) World University Rankings® 2020, four of Malaysia’s public universities have improved their rankings as compared to 2019.

Among the Asian universities in the ranking, Universiti Malaya (UM) came in 18th (70th globally), moving up two places from 22nd (87th globally) in the 2019 rankings.

In 33rd and 34th place were Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (159th globally) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (160th globally), moving up by seven places and three places respectively. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) came in 36th (165th globally), compared with 41st in the 2019 rankings.

Over the causeway in Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) moved up one position to be tied with National University of Singapore (NUS) – 1st in Asia, 11th globally.

Top 20 universities in Asia

#1 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 
Country: Singapore
2019 Asia rank: 2
2020 global rank: 11
2019 global rank: 12

#2 National University of Singapore (NUS) 
Country: Singapore
2019 Asia rank: 1
2020 global rank: 11
2019 global rank: 11

#3 Tsinghua University
Country: China
2019 Asia rank: 3
2020 global rank: 16
2019 global rank: 17

#4 Peking University
Country: China
2019 Asia rank: 6
2020 global rank: 22
2019 global rank: 30

#5 The University of Tokyo
Country: Japan
2019 Asia rank: 4
2020 global rank: 22
2019 global rank: 23

#6 The University of Hong Kong
Country: Hong Kong
2019 Asia rank: 5
2020 global rank: 25
2019 global rank: 25

#7 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Country: Hong Kong
2019 Asia rank: 9
2020 global rank: 32
2019 global rank: 37

#8 Kyoto University
Country: Japan
2019 Asia rank: 7
2020 global rank: 33
2019 global rank: 35

#9 Seoul National University
Country: South Korea
2019 Asia rank: 8
2020 global rank: 37
2019 global rank: 36

#10 Fudan University
Country: China
2019 Asia rank: 11
2020 global rank: 40
2019 global rank: 44

#11 KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
Country: South Korea
2019 Asia rank: 10
2020 global rank: 41
2019 global rank: 40

#12 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Country: Hong Kong
2019 Asia rank: 12
2020 global rank: 46
2019 global rank: 49

#13 City University of Hong Kong
Country: Hong Kong
2019 Asia rank: 13
2020 global rank: 52
2019 global rank: 55

#14 Zhejiang University
Country: China
2019 Asia rank: 17
2020 global rank: 54
2019 global rank: 68

#15 Tokyo Institute of Technology
Country: Japan
2019 Asia rank: 14
2020 global rank: 58
2019 global rank: 58

#16 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Country: China
2019 Asia rank: 15
2020 global rank: 60
2019 global rank: 59

#17 National Taiwan University (NTU)
Country: Taiwan
2019 Asia rank: 18
2020 global rank: 69
2019 global rank: 72

#18 Universiti Malaya (UM)
Country: Malaysia
2019 Asia rank: 22
2020 global rank: 70
2019 global rank: 87

#19 Osaka University
Country: Japan
2019 Asia rank: 16
2020 global rank: 71
2019 global rank: 67

#20 Tohoku University
Country: Japan
2019 Asia rank: 19
2020 global rank: 82
2019 global rank: 77

Globally, the top 10 ranks were dominated by universities from the United States and the United Kingdom, with Switzerland’s ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) also making an appearance.

In the top three places were Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and Harvard University, all from the United States.

Rounding up the top five were the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford, as well as the United State’s California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

The top 10 universities in the world

#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  
Country: United States
2020 rank: 1
2019 rank: 1

#2 Stanford University  
Country: United States
2020 rank: 2
2019 rank: 2

#3 Harvard University  
Country: United States
2020 rank: 3
2019 rank: 3

#4 University of Oxford  
Country: United Kingdom
2020 rank: 4
2019 rank: 5

#5 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)  
Country: United States
2020 rank: 5
2019 rank: 4

#6 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)  
Country: Switzerland
2020 rank: 6
2019 rank: 7

#7 University of Cambridge  
Country: United Kingdom
2020 rank: 7
2019 rank: 6

#8 UCL (University College London)  
Country: United Kingdom
2020 rank: 8
2019 rank: 10

#9 Imperial College London  
Country: United Kingdom
2020 rank: 9
2019 rank: 8

#10 University of Chicago  
Country: United States
2020 rank: 10
2019 rank: 9

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