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UNM garners stellar placing in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering under Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

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Under the latest 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) garnered the distinction of being the only foreign branch campus to be listed under the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering programmes.

The ranking, released recently on 19 July 2022 by ShanghaiRanking, is recognised as the precursor of global university rankings and one of the world’s most trustworthy one. More than 1,800 institutions are scrutinised, and the best 1000 universities in the world were published.

UNM stands alongside only 14 other universities in Malaysia to have made the ARWU list. Amongst those ranked in Malaysia, UNM is the only Private Higher Education Institution (IPTS) to have more than one discipline ranked.

In the Biotechnology discipline, UNM placed between 201-300 amongst 500 universities globally, outshining other global universities from the likes of India, China, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. Alongside a commitment to innovative teaching, the School of Biosciences, where the Biotechnology programme is offered, is an internationally-recognised leader in several fields, including plant and food production, food quality and safety, nutrition, and environmental protection.

In Chemical Engineering, UNM was ranked 401-500 globally. Known for the quality of its research, the Department is recognised for its world-class learning environment and its international reputation for new knowledge generation.

“The recent merger of the Faculty of Engineering, which offers Chemical Engineering, and the Faculty of Science, which offers Biotechnology in 2018 also provided new synergies that further enhanced cross disciplinary research and student interaction.,” said UNM Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) Professor Andy Chan.

“With researchers and scientists engaged in cutting-edge research, the faculty and the university are committed to be a solution provider to the nation, the industry and the society,” Professor Chan explains.

Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world's top universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. ARWU adopts six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, and Clarivate data including the number of Highly Cited Researchers™, articles indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded™ and Social Sciences Citation Index™ in the Web of Science™ and per capita performance.

The complete list and detailed methodologies can be found at here.

(Image caption: Professor Sandy Loh from the School of Biosciences working on her research)


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Note to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. Ranked 103rd out of more than 1,000 institutions globally and 18th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings 2022, the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and inclusive and disability sport provision is reflected in its crowning as The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 Sports University of the Year. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally. 

Posted on 22nd July 2022

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