KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya (UM) has been ranked as the 10th best global university for engineering, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said the recognition by American media company, US News, two days ago, proved that universities in the country still had a place in the world, and could compete on the global stage.
“The UM Faculty of Engineering has been ranked 10th best in the world. This is better than the faculty of engineering at Oxford, Cambridge and Stanford University,” he said.
Idris was replying to a supplementary question by Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun (BN-Kota Tinggi), who asked about the feedback from other countries on the ministry’s efforts in the face of the fourth industrial revolution.
Besides UM, other local universities also achieved success by networking with industry players from within and outside the country in order to equip students with the skills required by the job market, Idris said.
“Last week, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) signed a memorandum of understanding with Alibaba Business School to collaborate in business studies.
“This shows that another of our universities has been accepted internationally,” said Idris.
In reply to a supplementary question from Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya), he said collaboration between universities and industries would solve the problem of unemployed graduates.
“The gap between universities and industries is gone. We go to industries and bring them to the campus to see the curriculum implemented in line with their needs. This will solve the problem of unemployment.”