The Star Online:
Interesting, if you believe this was the reason why UM chose to opt out for Times university ranking, then what about QS world university rankings?
The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings which was released on Thursday, officially ranks the world’s top 100 institutions by their academic reputation alone.
According to Times Higher Education Rankings editor Phil Baty, UM was one of three Malaysian institutions included in the study that ranked below the 160th position. Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia are the other two institutions.[...]
UM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin says he was surprised to learn that the institution was ranked in the reputation rankings as it was previously announced that UM would not take part in the Times Higher Education rankings until after 2017 to build up its citation count.
(Research paper citations refers to how much each institution is contributing to the global body of knowledge, how much each is producing new ideas and discoveries, through publishing research that is picked up and shared by other academics, all over the world.)