University ranking: Harvard 1, UM 377, USM 487, UKM and UPM over 500.
This is the list for 2014 given by the research centre top world universities, Shanghai Transport University.
Each centre, including The Times, has its criteria for assessing universities. Whatever disagreement on certain criteria, all 20 public universities in Malaysia must strive to attain world standard.
Two years ago, UM was ranked over 400. Although USM is regarded by the Government as 'special', it is behind UM. Why do many lecturers leave USM?
Government policy and attitude affect the standard of a university.