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Malaysia's MMU enters world rankings for computer science

AvantiKumar | March 6, 2014
Multimedia University [MMU] is the first private university in Malaysia to have entered the top 200 in the QS World University Rankings by subject, said MMU's President.

Dr Lau Siong Hoe, the Dean Multimedia University  

Photo - Dr Lau Siong Hoe, Dean of the Faculty of Information Science & Technology at Multimedia University.


Malaysia's Multimedia University [MMU] is the first private university in Malaysia to have entered the top 200 in QS World University Rankings by subject, it said.

QS World University Rankings, which looks at top 200 world universities in thirty different subjects, also ranked four other local national universities for Computer Science & Information Systems: Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia.

MMU president  Professor Dato' Dr. Muhamad Rasat Muhamad said MMU, which was placed in the 151 - 200 spot in the list, also outperformed the other universities in the country in terms of Citations Per Paper and H-index Citation. The methodology used to compile the Rankings by Subject is based on four indicators, namely, Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper, and H-index Citation.

"Being included in this list is remarkable. To outperform the Research Universities in Malaysia in terms of Citations per Paper and H-index Citation is a non-trivial matter. In fact, it is simply outstanding for a young university established for 17 years," said Prof Rasat.

 "The name of the university itself is 'Multimedia', so naturally we are making an impact on the fastest-growing branch of technology, which is IT," he said. "Furthermore, from MMU's first day, we have thrown our full support and encouragement behind our academics so that they have the resources and opportunities to conduct high-impact research."

 High-impact research

Prof Rasat said that the R&D Division comprises three units, which are the Research Management Centre (RMC), Collaborative Research and Innovation Centre (CRIC), and the Institute for Postgraduate Studies (IPS). These units assist MMU's researchers to secure resources, research collaboratively to maximize their research capabilities, and ensure that MMU's students stand to benefit from research activities, respectively.

The university has also formed the Centre for University-Industry Engagement (UnitE) to bring the industry closer to MMU. "One of the reasons that MMU is ranked so high is that we are very relevant to contemporary commerce, which is heavily intertwined with computer science and information systems. With UnitE, we aim to be even more relevant, and rise up through the ranks in an organic and permanent way."

Multimedia University [MMU] was created as the result of a mandate given the Malaysian Government to Telekom Malaysia in July 1996 to set up the first private university in Malaysia. The campus, which was officially launched by YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 9th July 1999 now has 19,000 undergraduate and postgraduate student populations.


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