University of Malaya in ISC World University Rankings 2018: An Overview
The Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC) introduced its new global university ranking system “World University Rankings 2018” (www.wur.isc.gov.ir) in March 2019. Of course, ranking is not a new practice in ISC. In fact, ISC – as an ISESCO-Affiliated Center – based on its duties, has been ranking OIC universities since its establishment in 2008. But in 2018 it took the initiative to upgrade its regional ranking system into a global one.
This new ranking system reports the status of 1220 universities from all over the world. They were selected from a population of more than 3000 universities. At this stage, all universities with at least 1500 WoS articles during 2014-2016 were considered. This is important since it allows for comparison of universities of similar size.
This ranking system covers four general criteria including research, education, international activity and innovation comprising 12 indicators as shown in Figure 1 below:
Figure 1. ISC Ranking Criteria & Indicators
Through this ranking system universities can receive invaluable information about their general performance as well as their performance in each criterion as they can compare their performance with other universities over the globe. This latter possibility can be used efficiently in policy making so as to enhance the status of each university within each country, each region or over the globe.
Besides this new service ISC continuously analyzes the performance of different universities and submits consultancy reports with the objective to accelerate the rate of improvement of each university. To avail themselves of this opportunity, universities may contact ISC after which the necessary steps and formalities will be communicated. In what follows a brief account of the performance of the OIC region and University of Malaya is provided:
From among all OIC universities from 57 OIC countries, 99 universities (from 15 countries) are present in ISC World University Rankings 2018. Table 1 shows the list of universities from each OIC country in this ranking system.
Table 1. OIC universities in ISC World University Rankings 2018
* Universities in each country have been rank ordered
Top Universities in 15 OIC countries:
From among these 99 OIC universities, 15 ranked top in their relevant countries which have been listed below based on their rankings:
Table 2. Top universities in 15 OIC countries
Overall Performance of University of Malaya:
Based on ISC World University Rankings 2018 overall score, University of Malaya (rank=251-300) ranked third among all OIC universities after KING ABDULAZIZ UNIVERSITY (rank=38, overall score= 69.5) and KING SAUD UNIVERSITY (rank=171, overall score=62.4). It ranked first among all universities in Malaysia.
Performance of University of Malaya in OIC/World:
I. Research Criterion
Figure 2 shows the performance of top-10 OIC universities in research criterion. In this criterion, University of Malaya, with the Research score of 75.9 and together with King Saud University, ranked fourth among all OIC universities. King Abdulaziz University, Islamic Azad University, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology ranked first to third respectively.
Figure 2. Top-10 OIC Universities in Research Criterion
At the global scale, and in research criterion, University of Malaya together with seven other universities ranked 311. The other seven universities were: East China University of Science & Technology, King Saud University, Macquarie University, Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro, University of Manitoba, University of Notre Dame, and University of Tsukuba (Figure 3).
Figure 3. World Universities Ranked 311 in Research Criterion
II. Education Criterion
Figure 4 shows the performance of top-10 OIC universities in education criterion. In this criterion, University of Malaya, with the Education score of 10 ranked fifth among all OIC Universities King Abdulaziz University, King Saud University, Iran University of Medical Sciences, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals ranked first to fourth respectively.
Figure 4. Top-10 OIC Universities in Education Criterion
At the global scale, and in Education criterion, University of Malaya together with two other universities including Catholic University of Korea and Texas A&M University College Station ranked 125 (Figure 5).
Figure 5. World Universities Ranked 125 in Education Criterion
III. International Activity
Figure 6 shows the performance of top-10 OIC universities in International Activity criterion. In this criterion, University of Malaya, with the International Activity score of 81 ranked third among all OIC Universities King Abdulaziz University and King Saud University ranked first and second respectively.
Figure 6. Top-10 OIC Universities in International Activity
At the global scale, and in International Activity criterion, University of Malaya together with Nanjing University ranked 161 (Figure 7).
Figure 7. World Universities ranked 161 in International Activity Criterion
IV. Innovation Criterion
The last criterion in ISC World University Rankings 2018 is Innovation. Figure 8 shows the performance of top-10 OIC universities in this criterion. Here, University of Malaya with the Innovation score of 2.3 and along with Gaziantep University ranked twenty third among all OIC universities.
Figure 8. Rank of Malaya University in Innovation Criterion within OIC Universities
At the global scale, and in Education criterion, University of Malaya ranked 864 together with 25 other universities as follows: Addis Ababa University, Carl Von Ossietzky Universitat Oldenburg, Central Michigan University, Complutense University of Madrid, Curtin University, Flinders University South Australia, Gaziantep University, Harbin University of Science & Technology, Hohai University, Jagiellonian University, Lanzhou University of Technology, Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, National University of Cordoba, Pla University of Science & Technology, Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Universidad De Antioquia, Universidade De Aveiro, Universidade Do Estado Do Rio De Janeiro, Universiti Malaya, University of Basque Country, University of Ioannina, University of Kwazulu Natal, University of Regina, University of Victoria, University of Vigo, and Villanova University (Figure 9).
Figure 9. World Universities Ranked 864, along with Malaya University, in Innovation Criterion