It’s that time of the year again. The annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings for 2018 has just been released on Thursday.

Malaysian academicians and universities usually wait in anticipation this time around and by the looks of it, they have something to shout about this year.

Five out of nine Malaysian universities listed in the rankings made it to the top 300 ranking. That’s a vast improvement compared to last year when we only had three Malaysian universities that made the top 300.

The top five Malaysian universities are – University of Malaya (UM) placed 114th, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) placed 229th, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) placed 230th, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) placed 253rd, and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) placed 264th.

UM remains Malaysia’s top academic institution by moving up 19 spots this year while UKM made the biggest jump from 302nd to 230th.

The other four universities that also made the list are Universiti Teknologi Petronas, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

According to QS research director Ben Sowter, seven Malaysian universities improved their score for QS’s Academic Reputation metric, while another eight improved their score for QS’s Employer Reputation metric.

“These results indicate that Malaysian universities are, in general, improving their reputation among both the global academic community and the world’s employers,” Sowter told the New Straits Times in an interview.

So, who took the top spot this year?

It’s none other than Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -- for the sixth consecutive year! Congrats!

For those who have just recently finished school or wanting to pursue higher education, you can now consult the QS World University Rankings App before deciding your future academic path.