24 April 2011

University Rank: Where is UTP ?


Based on recent survey of the best universities/colleges in Malaysia for 2011, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)  had strengthen their seat at the top place followed by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) which ranked at the 3rd place of top 100 universities/colleges in Malaysia.

Where is Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS? 

UTP is ranked at 17th in this list and at 2154th rank among the top global universities/colleges. Some of you may be thinking why UTP known as one of the best engineering university are at 17th rank.

Actually there are many factors or qualifications to decide at what level the university would be. Some of the factors are the popularity of the institutions among the student, the academic performance of students, preferable universities by lecturers, human resources survey,  and also how significant the researches and scholars produced by the universities affect the global communities.

Few reasons why UTP are not as top as the other 3 universities in Malaysia. Some of them are:

  1. UTP are only 14 years from it's first accreditation year (1997) compared to the others which may reach 25, 50 or even 100 years. The analogy just like an infant compared to an adult. Difference in years of establishment resulting differences on the products by the universities, academic experiences, and also the performance of particular university.
  2. Basically, UTP are not generally qualified to be compared to those top universities. You may wondering why? Because UTP only introduces two faculties which are Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science and Technology. How many faculties are there in USM, UKM, UM ? Count it by yourself. The more faculties that uni have, the various researches and scholars that uni produces. Relatively, we can't compete with them.
  3. We are private uni. They are government uni. They receive more allocations and financial aids more than us. If not mistaken, they are allocated with an amount of money by the government for the university's development and researches conducted. 
  4. We only have 6,000 - 7,000 students with 500 - 600 academic staffs while UM for example, have more than 45,000 students with about 4,500 academic staffs. This information shows us that we are a very small university in term of students and staffs capacity. Thus, the ratio for graduates and researches in each faculties within UTP are obviously less compared to the other universities.   

These are my opinions only based on the info provided in the internet and also my readings. Feel free to comment your own opinion if there any. Thanks.

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