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MMU ranked highest private Malaysian university in world rankings for computer science

CYBERJAYA: Multimedia University (MMU) made it the first time to the top 200 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject released last week. This is also the first time entry for a private university in Malaysia.
 
The latest list by QS – which also compiles the QS World University Rankings and the QS University Rankings: Asia – takes a micro look at Top 200 world universities in thirty different subjects, serving as “a comprehensive guide to the world’s top universities, using data on reputation and research citations.”
 
MMU was ranked as one of Malaysia’s top 5 universities for Computer Science & Information Systems, together with Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia.
 
Numerically, MMU was placed in the 151 – 200 spot in the list.
 
Also, MMU 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.
 
MMU’s President, Professor Datuk Dr. Muhamad Rasat Muhamad, expressed his pleasure at MMU’s inclusion in the list. “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.”
 
Of the Top 200 in Computer Science & Information Systems, fifty-two were from Asia.
          
Prof. Rasat sees MMU’s ranking as the result of the university’s efforts at organically growing its research culture. “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,” he elaborates.
          
Prof. Rasat also attributes the success to the support structures within MMU.
 

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.
          
To ensure that MMU builds on this momentum and takes its research to greater heights, the university has established the Centre for University-Industry Engagement (UnitE), whose purpose is to bring the industry closer to MMU. Prof.
 

Rasat explains the rationale of the decision, “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.”

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