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UKM Is First Choice For 8,954 Students In 2017/2018 Academic Session

Last update: 14/06/2017
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Prof Datuk Seri Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali (Bernama file pix)
BANGI, June 14 (Bernama) -- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is the first choice for 8,954 students for the 2017/2018 academic session, said UKM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Seri Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali.

He said it reflected the people's confidence in the quality of education and research at the university.

"UKM is a highly competitive university and is coveted by students and more so now as it is ranked 230th in the world," he said at a press conference in conjunction with the global rating of UKM at the university's Chancellory Building, here, today.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh had recently announced that five public research universities in Malaysia have been listed in the top one per cent universities worldwide.

Noor Azlan said UKM showed an improvement in the world ranking list for the year 2017/2018 by moving up 72 places to 230rd compared with 302 in 2016/2017.

"UKM is confident and proud that the achievement also reflect the university's excellence, especially in contributing to national development goals and increasing the well-being of the local and global community," he said.

Noor Ghazali also said nine UKM subjects, namely Architecture, English Literature, Islamic Studies, Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Education, Social Policy and Administration has been listed in the top 100 in the world.

In another development, he said UKM would require all students to take the subject Data Analytics in the next study session.

He said the move was a UKM strategy to face the wave of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0 ), which was precipitated in 2014.

"We want to provide a new revolution in education in line with the ministry's desire to find a reference or model for the Industry 4.0," he said.

Noor Azlan said UKM had also set up a special task force yesterday after a meeting with the Minister of Higher Education to accelerate the approach of Industry 4.0 through the Internet of Things and cyber security.

-- BERNAMA