Malaysia Rankings


03 September 2020 - Global Innovation Index 2020: Malaysia ranks 8th in Asia, 33rd in world
  1. More Malaysia ranks eighth in Asia and 33rd in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020 report released by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
19 August 2020 - Sixteen Malaysian companies make Forbes Asia 2020 ‘Best Under A Billion’ list
  1. More ​Sixteen Malaysian companies have made it to Forbes Asia 2020 “Best Under A Billion” list, which recognises 200 top-performing small and mid-sized listed companies in the Asia Pacific
01 July 2020 - Kuala Lumpur ideal locale for startups: Report
  1. More ​Kuala Lumpur is in 11th spot in the top 100 emerging ecosystems in the world, as identified in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020 by Startup Genome
18 June 2020 - Malaysia 27th most competitive nation
  1. More ​Malaysia has tumbled five rungs in a ranking of most competitive world economies this year, weighed down by a decline in its scores on government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure
29 May 2020 - KL takes 7th spot in Asia for international conference
  1. More Kuala Lumpur has been ranked seventh in the Asia and Oceania region in the International Convention & Conference Association (ICCA) Statistics Report 2019, thanks to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
16 April 2020 - Malaysia’s moves up in latest global talent competitiveness index 2020
  1. More ​Malaysia has moved up to the 26th position out of 88 countries in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020 (GTCI 2020), two spots higher than its 28th ranking last year
11 March 2020 - Malaysia rises 4 spots to 47th in WJP Rule of Law Index
  1. More Malaysia has risen four notches to rank 47 in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2020
04 February 2020 - Malaysia rises nine spots to 43rd in Democracy Index
  1. More ​While even developed democracies in the West are witnessing progressive deterioration in the practice of democracy, Malaysia has improved its ranking in The Democracy Index to 43rd last year from 52nd in 2018 from the total of 167 countries surveyed
24 January 2020 - Malaysia jumps 10 spots in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index
  1. More The country scores 53 points in the 2019 index — an increase of 6 points from the previous year — ranking it the 3rd-best among Asean states
14 January 2020 - Malaysia ranked world's 16th most peaceful country by Global Peace Index
  1. More ​Malaysia is ranked the 16th most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2019
03 December 2019 - KL ranked second best city in the world for expats
  1. More Asian cities top the Expat City Ranking 2019 which saw Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur coming in second behind Taipei
29 August 2019 - Malaysian firms on Forbes ‘Best Over A Billion’ list
  1. More Candidates selected from 3,200 listed companies
31 July 2019 - Malaysia retains position in Global Innovation Index 2019
  1. More Malaysia retains its 35th position in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019 and remains among the middle-income economies that are bridging the innovation divide, supported by its first rank in indicators such as high-tech net exports and creative goods exports
24 July 2019 - Malaysian consumers 10th most confident globally
  1. More But perception on job prospects, personal finances declined in Q2, results show
11 July 2019 - Malaysia is world's best country in 2019 to invest in — CEOWORLD magazine
  1. More ​Malaysia emerged as the world's best country to invest in or do business for 2019, CEOWORLD magazine revealed
20 June 2019 - Local varsities rise in rankings
  1. More UM is the highest ranked at 70; UPM and UKM also make big gains
19 June 2019 - Four Malaysian public universities among the best in the world - Maszlee
  1. More ​Four Malaysian public universities, all of which are research universities, have improved on their rankings in the 2020 QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) University Rankings as compared to last year
19 June 2019 - UM rises 17 spots in world rankings
  1. More Nation’s oldest varsity stands at 70th place among 1,000 in QS university ratings
22 May 2019 - Malaysia ranks 6th globally
  1. More 45pc of respondents positive economy will recover in next 12 months, survey shows
06 May 2019 - Dr Mahathir congratulates Malaysian media on improved world ranking
  1. More ​Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has congratulated the Malaysian media for stepping up 22 places to 123rd ranking in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index
18 March 2019 - Malaysia ranks 2nd in Southeast Asia for trade connectivity
  1. More Malaysia has maintained its strong position globally, ranking second highest in Southeast Asia and 12th out of 169 countries for trade connectivity, says the DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI) report
13 March 2019 - KL and JB among top 20 Asian cities for quality of life: Survey
  1. More ​Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru have retained their rankings for quality of life in Asia at 10th and 12th, respectively, said a survey
27 February 2019 - Taylor’s the top Malaysian varsity in QS world ranking
  1. More ​Taylor’s University has again achieved Malaysia’s highest rank in all of the 48 subject tables in the latest edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings by subject
09 February 2019 - Malaysia ranks 2nd in S-E Asia intellectual property index
  1. More The US Chamber of Commerce's Global Innovation Policy Centre (GIPC), in its seventh annual international intellectual property (IP) index, ranks Malaysia second in Southeast Asia
08 February 2019 - Malaysia best in network survey
  1. More Thailand in 2nd place, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines, says Tutela
07 February 2019 - Malaysia ranks 1st in world's best healthcare category
  1. More ​Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, was ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index
16 January 2019 - UM is top university in Malaysia, says Times Higher Education ranking
  1. More ​University of Malaya (UM) is the best performing university in Malaysia, according to the recent release of Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings (THE-EEUR)
13 December 2018 - Malaysia ranks fifth in Asia for digital readiness, says UNCTAD
  1. More ​Malaysia ranked fifth among top 10 developing economies in Asia for its readiness to support online shopping, based on the 2018 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Business to Consumer (B2C) e-commerce index
11 December 2018 - Malaysia rises to fourth spot in Asia-Pacific corporate governance survey
  1. More Malaysia has made the biggest gain in Asian Corporate Governance Association's (ACGA) survey this year, rising three spots to fourth place
08 December 2018 - Malaysia 'A3' rating affirmed
  1. More MOddy's maintains 'stable' outlook, citing country's robust growth potential
05 December 2018 - KL the least expensive city to stay in Asia
  1. More ​If you’re a high-networth individual in Asia into fine dining, wine, jewellery and luxury skin cream, it’s best not to live in Shanghai
20 November 2018 - Malaysia rises above UK, France and Japan in World Talent Ranking
  1. More Malaysia climbed six spots to 22nd place among 63 countries in the International Institute for Management Development’s (IMD) World Talent Ranking for this year, sitting above richer nations like the UK, France and Japan
10 November 2018 - Malaysia ranks 4th in cost of obtaining electricity
  1. More Malaysia leapt nine places to 15th spot from 24th previously among 190 economies worldwide in the World Banks's "Doing Business 2019 Report" last week, a resounding testimony of the ongoing reforms in the country
02 November 2018 - Malaysia moves up World Bank business index
  1. More Report: Country among top 20 ranked global economies
02 November 2018 - Malaysia jumps 9 spots to 15th
  1. More Performance driven by govt-initiated reforms in 6 areas, says economist
17 October 2018 - Malaysia up 1 notch to 25th in WEF global competitiveness ranking
  1. More ​Malaysia rose one spot to the 25th place out of 140 countries with a score of 74.4 in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2018 Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) insight report released last week
17 October 2018 - The world's 30 most competitive economies — WEF
  1. More The United States is the world's most competitive economy, the Geneva-based World Economic Forum said on Wednesday, after revisions to its annual league table knocked Switzerland off the top spot for the first time in a decade
15 October 2018 - Malaysia ranked 55th in World Bank human capital index
  1. More Malaysia has been ranked 55th in the World Bank’s 2018 human capital index, lagging behind Singapore which topped the list
28 September 2018 - UM improves ranking in world's best varsities list
  1. More It is ranked 328th out of 1,258 institutions
18 September 2018 - Malaysia moves up Human Development Index
  1. More Malaysia has gone up in ranks in terms of its people’s life expentancy, standard of living and knowledge status, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) index
15 September 2018 - Family owned firms excel
  1. More Malaysia has 3 in top 30 best performing companies list for Asia Pacific ex-Japan
07 September 2018 - 2 firms make it into Fab 50 list
  1. More Press Metal and Batu Kawan selected from a pool of 1,744 companies in region with at least US$2b annual revenue
06 September 2018 - Malaysians ranked 7th in the world
  1. More Huge improvements seen in recessionary sentiment, economic outlook, job prospects
07 June 2018 - 13 Malaysian companies on Forbes 2018 Global 2000 list
  1. More Thirteen Malaysian companies, led by Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), have made it into the Forbes 2018 Global 2000 list, which ranks the biggest, most powerful and most valuable companies in the world
24 May 2018 - Malaysia Up Two Spots On Competitiveness Rankings
  1. More Malaysia moved up two notches to 22nd place in the latest IMD World Competitiveness Rankings published by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Centre
07 March 2018 - Malaysia 4th best country to invest in
  1. More US News ranks country ahead of Singapore and Thailand
22 November 2017 - Malaysia likely to climb in world talent ranking
  1. More Against a backdrop of improving economic conditions, Malaysia will likely improve its position in the annual Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Talent Ranking next year in attracting foreign talent
02 November 2017 - Others catch up as Malaysia slips
  1. More Country in 24th place in World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018
01 November 2017 - Malaysia slips one notch to 24th in World Bank's Doing Business Report
  1. More Malaysia slipped one notch to rank 24th in the World Bank's latest Doing Business Report, down from the 23rd place last year
31 October 2017 - Malaysia ranks 7th in number of family-owned firms
  1. More Press Metal among top 50 with market capitalisation above US$2b in terms of average revenue growth since 2014
28 September 2017 - Malaysia takes 23rd spot in global report
  1. More Nation moves 2 up places in WEF's Competitiveness Report
27 September 2017 - Malaysia up 2 spots to 23rd in global competitiveness ranking
  1. More After suffering a steep fall in last year’s ranking, Malaysia moved up two spots to the 23rd place out of 137 countries in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2017-2018 Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) released today
22 September 2017 - Malaysia ranked 2nd in S-E Asia
  1. More Globally, nation climbs nine spots to 33rd among 130 countries, according to World Economic Forum report
07 September 2017 - Ranking will drive us to work harder, says UTAR
  1. More Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) says it has accomplished its mission by being listed in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 Top 1,000 list
14 July 2017 - Seven Malaysian varsities make it to QS world ranking
  1. More Seven Malaysian universities have been listed in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings Top 50 Under 50 2018.
03 July 2017 - Step up transformation efforts
  1. More Malaysia must continue to emphasise long-term policies in education to ensure competitiveness, says IMD
15 June 2017 - Malaysia favourite among China luxury travellers
  1. More Country in top seven list of preferred island destinations for summer holidays
09 June 2017 - UM leads local varsities into top 1% worldwide
  1. More Research universities’ hard work pays off with significant jump in global ranking
09 June 2017 - Five research varsities move a notch up
  1. More UM leads, poised to become one of top 100 research universities globally
08 June 2017 - KL now cheaper for expatriates
  1. More Drop in most expensive cities ranking due to ringgit's weakness, says ECA
01 June 2017 - Malaysia remains in top 25 list
  1. More Malaysia remains among the 25 most competitive nations despite a drop in ranking, according to the World Competitive Yearbook 2017 compiled by Switzerland-based Institute for Management Development (IMD)
24 May 2017 - Malaysia 9th preferred destination for education
  1. More A total of 172,886 foreign students studied in the country from the international school level to the tertiary level last year, putting Malaysia on track to become an international education hub.
04 May 2017 - Malaysia is Top Muslim Travel Spot
  1. More Kuala Lumpur beats 130 others to retain title for third year
23 January 2017 - KL ranked among top cities
  1. More Kuala Lum­pur has been ranked among the top cities with the best integrated development in South-East Asia, second only to Singapore.
07 January 2017 - International Living rates M'sia's healthcare system as world's best
  1. More International Living, in its Annual Global Retirement Index 2017, honoured Malaysia for the third consecutive year by singling out the country as having the “Best Healthcare in the World”
04 January 2017 - RAM reaffirms Malaysia’s global, Asean-scale sovereign ratings
  1. More RAM Rating Services Bhd has reaffirmed Malaysia’s respective global and Asean-scale sovereign ratings of ‘A2/stable’ and ‘AAA/stable’, respectivly, reflecting the countrys resilient economic growth and the Government’s fiscal consolidation efforts.
13 December 2016 - Doing Business 2017: The Way Forward for Malaysia
  1. More Malaysia is one of 17 economies that implemented reforms in the East Asia and Pacific to improve the business climate for local entrepreneurs. It is one of the top performing economies in the region in terms of the efficiency and quality of business regulations measured by the Doing Business report, owing to the continuous reform efforts by the government over the past decade.
06 November 2016 - Building confidence in doing business in Malaysia
  1. More Malaysia slipped a notch this year, ranking 23rd out of 190 economies in the World Bank Doing Business 2017 Report released in the end of October.
28 June 2016 - Malaysia improves ranking
  1. More Human Capital Index 2016 : Country placed 42nd position among 130 nations
16 April 2016 - Malaysia ranking 10 destinasi FDI
  1. More Malaysia menduduki ranking 10 destinasi pelaburan langsung asing (FDI) pilihan utama di Asia Pasifik, demikian menurut kajian oleh syarikat teknologi maklumat global yang berpusat di Amerika Syarikat, IHS Inc.
15 April 2016 - Malaysia a top FDI hotspot
  1. More US-based IHS ranks country among 10 main investment destinations in Asia Pacific
20 January 2016 - Malaysia at fourth spot in logistics ranking
  1. More Malaysia's drive a develop a world-class infrastructure and transport network has ropelled it to the fourth spot in a closely watched annual ranking of the world's 45 leading emerging markets.
12 January 2016 - Malaysia tops US in GDP forecast
  1. More Malaysia is expected to register the world's 13th highest gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year, with a 10 per cent chance of recession.
30 November 2015 - Malaysia ranks among top 30 in Global Shipping
  1. More Malaysia is among the world's top 30 in terms of international shipping fleet with tonnage of 7016 million and more than 50,000 seafarers.
11 November 2015 - 10 Teratas Ekonomi Asia Pasifik Paling Kompetitif
  1. More Infographic
30 October 2015 - Aiming for Top 10 spot by 2020
  1. More Malaysia Productivity Corp (MPC) is planning to expand business-friendly initiatives to other states in the country, not confined to the Klang Valley, in order to be in the top 10 economies on ease of doing business by 2020.
29 October 2015 - Malaysia kekal kedudukan
  1. More Malaysia berada pada kedudukan ke -18 daripada 189 negara ekonomi yang mesra dalam menjalanakan perniagaan berdasarkan Laporan Menjalankan Perniagaan Bank Dunia 2016 (DB 2016).
29 October 2015 - Malaysia ranked 18th in World Bank's Doing Business Report
  1. More Malaysia remains in the top 20 countries in the world with the most business-friendly regulations.
28 October 2015 - Ease of doing business report puts Malaysia in top 20
  1. More Despite global economic uncertainties, Malaysia remains in 18th spot out of 189 economies in the World Bank’s “Ease Doing Business Report 2016”.
02 October 2015 - Malaysia one of top 5 places for expatriates, survey finds
  1. More A bank survey has rated Malaysia as among the top five destinations for work satisfaction with 55 percent of expatriates saying they found their work more fulfilling since relocating here.
30 September 2015 - Kuala Lumpur bandar raya kedua popular di dunia
  1. More Kuala Lumpur dinamakan sebagai bandar raya beli- belah kedua paling popular di dunia berdasarkan Index BeLI -belah Pelancongan Muslim Master-Card-Cresent Rating (MTSI 2015).
30 September 2015 - Malaysia perbaiki kedudukan daya saing global
  1. More Malaysia baiki kedudukan ke tangga ke-18 dalam Laporan Daya Saing Global (GCR) 2015-2016 berbanding tempat ke -20 pada tahun sebelumnya, pencapaian tertinggi sejak tahun 2005.
30 September 2015 - KL second most visited city by Muslims
  1. More Kuala Lumpur has become the second most visited city by muslim travellers out of 40 globally, according to the Mastercard_CresentRating Muslim Shopping Travel Index 2015 (MTSI 2015)
30 September 2015 - Malaysia moves up GCI ranking
  1. More Malaysia has jumped two rungs to join the ranks of the top 20 most competitive economies in the world this year.
29 September 2015 - KDNKK per kapita Malaysia atasi catatan semua negara
  1. More Kelauaran Dalam Negara Kasar per kapita Malaysia pada tahun 2014 buat pertama kalinya mengatasi catatan purata semua negara global, kata Majlis Penasihat Sains dan inovasi Global (GSIAC).
31 July 2015 - S&P keeps country's
  1. More Standard & Poor's (S&P) has affirmed Malaysia's "stable" outlook, saying the political situasion surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) will not interfere with sound policymaking.
31 July 2015 - S&P keeps 'stable' ratings on Malaysia
  1. More Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) has maintained its stable sovereign ratings outlooks on Malaysia.
23 July 2015 - Kerajaan Malaysia ke-8 paling cekap di dunia
  1. More Kerajaan Malaysia berada pada kedudukan kelapan sebagai kerajaan paling cekap di dunia, menurut laporan Daya Saing Global 2014-2015.
23 July 2015 - Malaysia tangga kelapan paling efisien : Laporan WEF
  1. More Malaysia mendapat pengiktirafan berganda, apabila kerajaan disenaraikan pada kedudukan kelapan paling efisien dalam Laporan Kompetitif Global 2014-2015 dengan negara diiktiraf sebagai destinasi keenam paling menarik buat pelabur asing di dunia tahun ini.
23 July 2015 - Malaysia is world's 8th most efficient government
  1. More Malaysia has been ranked the eight most efficient government globally in the Global Competitive Report 2014-2015
23 July 2015 - Malaysia is 6th most business-friendly country
  1. More Malaysia is the sixth most attractive investment destination in the world, according to the Baseline Profitability Index (BPI) 2015 by the Foreign Policy Magazine.
23 July 2015 - Malaysia up to 6th in Baseline Profitability Index
  1. More Malaysia ascended five rungs from 11th in 2014 to the sixth position in this year’s Baseline Profitability Index (BPI), a reaffirmation that Malaysia remains an attractive profit centre in this region for investors, according to Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida).
09 March 2015 - Infrastructure projects drive KL gobal rankings
  1. More Kuala Lumpur is set to become a world-class city by 2020, driven by large infrastructure projects under the Economic Transformation Programme.
04 February 2015 - Rating upgrade for Malaysia?
  1. More KUALA LUMPUR: SOVEREIGN rating agency Moody's reaffirmed rating for Malaysia puts the country in a stronger chance of securing an upgrade in the future, said Treasury Secretary-General Tan Sri Dr Irwan Serigar Abdullah.
24 November 2014 - Malaysia ranks 5th in IMD world talent rankings
  1. More Malaysia has surged to the fifth spot over the past decade from 20th position, according to the latest world talent ranking by IMD, a top - notched business school in Switzerland in the new IMD World Talent Report 2014.
29 October 2014 - Malaysia ranks 18th in World Bank Ranking
  1. More Malaysia is ranked 18th out of 189 economies in the World Bank Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency report released yesterday.
09 October 2014 - Higher score for Malaysia in corporate governance
  1. More Malaysia reinforced its regional standing in corporate governance, based on the recently released biennial Corporate Governance Watch 2014 report.
23 September 2014 - Malaysia is 7th most attractive country for infrastructure investment
  1. More ARCADIS, a global leader in natural and built asset design and consultancy, has ranked Malaysia 7th among 41 countries in its 2014 Global Infrastructure Investment Index (GIII).
22 September 2014 - Malaysia is 3rd top offshore location in A.T. Kearney’s global ranking
  1. More Malaysia retained its third place ranking in A.T. Kearney’s 2014 Global Services Location Index (GSLI) for offshoring destination of choice, released last week.
03 July 2014 - PEMANDU among world’s top 20 leading Government innovation teams
  1. More The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), a unit under the Prime Minister’s Department, has been listed as one of the world’s top 20 leading government innovation teams by United Kingdom innovation foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies and Nesta in its latest report titled i-teams.


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