Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) achieved another benchmark when it made it to Times Higher Education (THE) group’s list of the world’s best universities for its second consecutive year. UniKL is ranked 1,200+ among the 1,662 worldwide universities listed.
Apart from UniKL, 17 other Malaysian universities also made the list, including private institutions, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Multimedia and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.
UniKL’s listing in THE and QS rankings proves its potential to be one of the best universities in the country.
UniKL is the largest entrepreneurial technical university in Malaysia managed by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), an agency under the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB).
This is a proud achievement as UniKL was established from several technical and vocational institutes owned by MARA that specialize in various fields of technology according to the needs of the industry. UniKL achieved the status of a university in 2002.
According to UniKL President and Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Dr Roziah Omar, UniKL is currently working to enhance its reputation in the international arena through collaboration with world-renowned universities and organisations. This includes increasing the number of international students.
“Under its strategic plan, UniKL aims to be in the top 600 in the list of the world’s best universities by 2025.
“THE’s list of the world’s best universities also shows that higher education institutions in Asia are slowly making strides to overtake those in the West,” she said.
Apart from being the newest Malaysian university on the list, UniKL also maintains the philosophy of higher level TVET education (Higher TVET) and practical learning.
UniKL’s success in being ranked among the best universities in the world is a result of the WE4ASIA transformation plan launched in 2014.
It is backed by the dedication and continuous efforts of UniKL staff and its community as well as support from stakeholders, especially KPLB and MARA.
This has enabled UniKL to excel in 13 performance indicators that measure achievements in four key areas, namely teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international reputation.