QS published the 15th Edition of QS World University Ranking (QSWUR) 2019 on June, 6th 2018. Over 4,763 institutions from 151 countries taken from the 5 regional rankings were assessed and 1,233 institutions have been considered in the final evaluation. QSWUR is not an automatic or opt-in ranking. To be included, an institution is evaluated based on 6 indicators and needs to meet the performance threshold set by QS including the numbers of nominations submitted by Academics and Employers. This year, QS team has analysed over 83,000 academic’s and 43,000 employer’s surveys and evaluated the data submitted by PDO to determine the teaching quality, internationalisation and the marketability of UTB graduates. Over 97 million citations from more than 14 million papers have also been analysed on the research strength. Only 1,011 top universities met the criterion and 1000 universities from 85 countries with 2 from Brunei are featured in the QSWUR 2019.
Universities from the European countries represent the highest number with 391 (39.9%), followed by 270 (26.5%) from Asia Pacific, 183 (18.1%) from US and Canada, 93 (9.1%) from Latin America and 63 (6.4%) from Middle East. The numbers of universities from Asia (270) in QSWUR has overtaken both US (157) and UK (76) put together, indicating on improvement in teaching and research practices across Asia Universities. Countries such as China, Singapore and Korea have adopted international strategies and significantly have increased their funding in research. In term of internationalisation, UAE tops both the international faculty and international students with United Kingdom as a runner up for international students. Brunei Darussalam ranks at #10 for international faculty.
In the 2018/19 ranking, UTB is ranked #442 in the world. There are over 60 new entrants with 22 from Asia and 8 from South East Asia. As a new entrant, UTB stands at #4 in the world, #2 in Asia and #1 in South East Asia out of the 60 new universities in QSWUR 2019.
Amongst all the universities from South East Asia featured in QSWUR, UTB ranks #15. Previously in QS Asia University Ranking (QSAUR), UTB was ranked at #30 in South East Asia. UTB also ranks #100 from 270 universities in Asia with #77 for attracting international academic staff and #158 for student staff ratio which is an indirect indicator of the commitment of the institutions to high quality education.
According to the QS Institutional Classification, UTB ranks #44 in the world for a subject focused University. QS classifies UTB as a small public university with high research intensity and a Four Stars subject focused university. Out of the 44 universities, only 29 offer at least three or more Engineering and Technology programmes. Hence, UTB is amongst the Top 30 Engineering and Technology University in the World, Top 10 in Asia and the only subject focused university from South East Asia to be ranked in top 450 QSWUR rankings.
UTB is also included in the QS Top 50 under 50 ranking at 56 in June 2018, together with other young universities under 50 years.
To be in the world’s top 450 is a fantastic achievement and is testament to UTB excellent in teaching and research. UTB has significantly improved its teaching and research quality over the last 10 years after UTB being awarded with a university status. With UTB making its entry into QSWUR 2019 at #442, it has made UTB the youngest university in ASIA to be ranked and the fastest university from Asia to feature in top 450 QSWUR 2019, 8 months after debuting at #165 in QSAUR top 200 universities in Oct 2018.
The rankings in full can be obtained from the QS Top universities website.
The use of university ranking table has become a widely popular and debated research area. Prospective students usually choose to consult the university ranking table when considering where to study. It is commonly used by universities to identify where they stand among other universities in the world in order to analyse their current performance and develop strategic plans that can help them to strengthen their teaching and research, and the graduate outputs.
Several ranking systems have been proposed including ARWU (China), THE (United Kingdom), QS (United Kingdom), Webometrics (Spain), Leiden (The Netherlands), NTU (Taiwan), SciMago (Spain) and US News (USA), which rank universities based on various indicators. These ranking uses research publication data obtained from credible resources such as Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar has contributed to the objectivity of these ranking systems.