University Malaya achieved 246 ranking (from 230 last year); UKM surged up to rank 250 (from 309)in 2007), UPM is ranked 320 (from 360) and UTM is 356 (from 415). USM is 307 (from 313 in 2007).
UiTM is .... somewhere not too far down there; not at the bottom; quite high up from the bottom 1,000.
It clearly shows that Malaysian universities is able to sustain the top 500 position as compared to many other universities from Cambodia, Phillipines, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Iraq, Timbaktu, Tua Sua Ka, Lau Pi Sai, etc. We only lost to Harvard, Yale, Cambridge and Oxford.
The Higher Education Ministry will asked the government for some money to celebrate the higher rankings and achievements of our universities. Maybe, some billboards will be put up to promote our success.
The universities achieved such high ranking despite the fact that the criteria used for the ranking is discriminatory and unfair - the survey did not take into considerations the special privileges which should be, in all normality, accorded to us.
The university Vice-Chancellors all agreed that they have improved and such improvement showed that the universities' strategic plan, implementation and hard work are showing great results.
"We are looking to the future and we will transofrm the universities into world-class in 10-50 years, if not, not more than 100 years time."