Asia Pacific University (APU) has reached a tremendous milestone by achieving a 5 Stars Plus university rating by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) — making it the first and only university in Malaysia to receive such an exclusive accolade. This puts APU in a word-class position as one of only 18 universities in the world to have this prestigious rating.
Achieving the elite 5 Stars Plus rating
The QS Stars rating system is an award system developed by QS to give students an additional tool to use when choosing a university. Universities are rated between 1 and 5 stars across a number of categories. To be awarded a 5 Stars Plus, an institution must achieve 5 stars in 8 categories and score a minimum number of points. A 5 Star Plus university indicates a truly elite institution — one where its brand will transform the résumé of anyone connected with it.
As a 5 Star Plus university, APU achieved a 5-star rating in nine categories — the maximum possible — in the following: Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Academic Development, Facilities, Online Learning, Social Responsibility, Inclusiveness and Specialist Criteria — Accounting & Finance.
“The QS Stars university rating system audits and rates over 600 universities globally in a broader range of criteria than any world ranking exercise. QS Stars™ shines a light on both the excellence and the diversity of the rated institution,” stated Leigh Kamolins, Head of Evaluation of the QS Intelligence Unit, as she commended APU’s accomplishment.
Commenting on this stellar achievement, Datuk Parmjit Singh, CEO of APIIT Education Group said, “This is a testimony of APU’s strengths in various facets, especially an environment that provides a truly rewarding student experience. It is a reflection of our commitment right from inception to produce highly employable and future-proof professionals.”
“This is a clear indicator of APU’s strengths and performance as an institution based on global benchmarks. We are gratified and honoured by this achievement which reflects our elevated standing among institutions worldwide,” said Dr. Hari Narayanan, APU Vice-Chancellor.
A premier private university
As a Premier Digital Tech University, APU is most known for incorporating innovative technological elements within its programmes to transform students into highly competent and employable professionals.
The university offers a diverse range of programmes at pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including in the fields of Computer & Technology, Engineering, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Actuarial Studies, Psychology, Design & Media. Many of their programmes are dual award degrees with De Montfort University, UK.
The quality of education at APU is unparalleled — according to the Ministry of Higher Education’s most recent Annual Graduate Tracer Study, 100% of APU graduates are employed upon graduation.