As partially expected, the latest world university rankings table compiled by The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) which was released yesterday, revealed that Universiti Malaya (UM) slips to 169th in terms of ranking from the previous year's "lofty" 89th position. This was reported in the New Straits Times today.
The survey which was reviewed critically by this blog has earlier given UM the higher ranking due to the high "international students and faculty" scores given, probably errorneously, to UM.
I will be able to obtain more details of the latest university rankings table by Monday, and will together with Kian Ming, will once again review the methodology and calculation of scores compiled by THES to see if this time, the rankings table provide a better picture of where UM stand. So wait for more details early next week.
However, this severe drop in UM rankings serves to give a tight slap on the chancellor's face for the arrogance which he has proclaimed UM to have "achieved" world class standards. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall here and here.
89th : UM sudah bertaraf dunia
169th : UM masih bertaraf Asia
269th : UM tetap bertaraf Asia Tenggara
> 369th : oopsss, computer error
where got comp error.
>369th: UM still no.1 in malaysia what.
still got reason to put full page ad in papers.
Yes yes, Malaysia boleh bah. With this kind of bad things going on everybody must be more optimistic. Optimistic sitting there doing nothing that is.
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