A number of universities in Malaysia continue to be ranked higher in the global rankings and the ranking system is seen by many as a primary measure to determine university’s quality and standards. Ranking serves as one of the performance indicators to measure university’s quality of excellence in teaching and learning, research, as well as international recognition. It is a yardstick to measure the performances and competitiveness of universities, as an indicator for continuous improvement, and as a quality assurance since it enables universities to make their presence felt globally. Therefore, UTM has placed ranking as one of the mediums for measuring the level of achievement of the University.

2020/2021 US News and World Report Best Global University Ranking

Top 50 in the World

#21 in Mechanical Engineering
#37 in Chemical Engineering
#40 in Civil Engineering
#45 in Engineering

No. 1 in Malaysia

#Chemical Engineering
#Environment / Ecology
#Mechanical Engineering

Research University Status

6-star Rating for 2018 awarded in the Malaysia Research Assessment Instrument (MyRA) 2020 Star Rating Award

2019-2021 MDEC Premier Digital Tech Institution

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Premier Digital Tech Institution outcomes:

  • Premier graduates as industry preferred choice

  • Premier as top students’ preferred choice for digital tech studies

  • Optimised engagement between Industry and Academia

UTM ranked 201-300 in the overall
2020 THE University Impact Rankings

The Top FIVE Sustainable Development Groups (SDGs)

SDG 9 : 85%
Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
No.1 in Malaysia | Top 60 in the world

SDG 4 : 68%
Quality Education

SDG 11 : 68%
Sustainable Cities and Communities

Ranked #111 in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings

Scored the highest in Malaysia 2020 THE World University Rankings by Subject

Education | Ranked 101 – 125
Business & Economics | Ranked 126 – 150
Arts & Humanities | Ranked 201 – 250

2020/2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings

Ranked #187 in the world
Ranked #13 in the “Top 50 Under 50”
Ranked #39 in Asia
Asia Top 10 Young Universities
Ranked 5 Stars Overall Rating for QS Star Rating

2019 QS World University Rankings

Top 10 in South East Asia

2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject

No #1 in Malaysia 
Architecture/ Built Environment
Engineering-Cilvil & Structure

Top in the World
Top 50
Engineering- Petroleum

Top 100
Architecture / Built Environment
Engineering- Civil & Structural 

Engineering- Chemical
Engineering- Electrical and Electronics
Engineering- Mineral & Mining

Top 150
Engineering- Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing

2019 UI Green Metric World University Ranking

Ranked #6 in Malaysia and #82 in the world 2019
Scored the highest in Setting & Infrastructure and Education & Research categories
Overall Score : 7,275

2017 University Ranking by Academic Performance (by Field)

4 Subjects Ranked Top 100
Environmental Engineering | Chemical Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Civil Engineering

2017 Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

2 Subjects Ranked 51-75
Chemical Engineering | Water Resources

2017 NTU Ranking by Subjects

2 Subjects Ranked
Chemical Engineering | Civil Engineering 

2016 Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings

Ranked 56 and the only Malaysian University ranked top 100

2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities

Top 100 in Civil Engineering under Shanghai Ranking

2015 CWTS Leiden Ranking

Ranked 1st in Malaysia in the Science Research Impact
Ranked 1st in Malaysia in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Research Impact

Ranking Web of Universities

Ranked 2nd in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Malaysia in July 2019
Ranked 2nd in the Ranking Web of World Repositories in Malaysia, July 2019

Four-Time Winner of the National Intellectual Property Award

Organization Category 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012

3-Star ASEAN Energy Management Gold Standard Certification

First institution to be awarded 3-Star by the ASEAN Energy Management Accreditation Scheme (AEMAS)

Higher Education Centre of Excellence (HICoE)

Recognition by Malaysia Ministry of Education
Wireless Communication Centre (WCC)
Institute of Noise and Vibration (IKG)
Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC)
Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD)

6 Bionexus Partner (BNP) Status Laboratories

Recognition by Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp)

NanoMalaysia Centre of Excellence

Recognition by Malaysia Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)

Autonomous University

First public university to be announced as an autonomous university by the
Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education

Self-Accreditation Status

Conferred the self-accreditation status by the Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education,
in recognition of the university’s excellent internal quality assurance mechanisms

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