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Ranking will drive us to work harder, says UTAR

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) has accomplished its mission by being listed in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 Top 1,000 list.
In congratulating the university, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said UTAR was ranked in the 501-600 band on the list, above several Malaysian institutions.
“We hope this joyful achievement can be shared with more people.
“We cannot forget MCA’s support for the past 16 years,” said Dr Wee, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, on his Facebook post.
UTAR president Prof Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik said the university – set up by MCA in 2002 – is humbled by the ranking.
“We will work even harder in teaching and research, as well as international and industrial collaboration, because we aim to provide quality higher education to as many youths as possible,” he said.
UTAR is one of eight Malaysian universities to make this year’s THE World University Rankings 2018 Top 1,000 list, which was released on Tuesday.
Universiti Malaya joins the Top 400 as a new entrant (351-400 band) on the list.
UTAR and Universiti Tenaga Nasional also join the table for the first time, in the 501-600 and 801-1000 bands, respectively.
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Petronas are ranked in the 601st to 800th band.
Malaysia is one of the leading emerging university nations in Asia, said Times Higher Education Global Rankings editorial director Phil Baty.
“It has one of the world’s fastest growth rates in research paper outputs, PhD training capacity has increased, and it has the wealth needed to invest in the higher education sector,” he said.
THE’s World University Rankings are global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
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