30 March 2018

Times Higher Education (THE) has published the second edition of its Japan University Rankings. In joint first place are Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo while some less well-known institutions such as Akita International University, the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business have performed well in the Environment group of indicators.

The methodology is based on five “pillars”: Resources, Engagement, Outcomes and Environment.

  • Resources including finance per student (8%), faculty per student (8%), research output per staff (7%), mock university entrance exam score (6%), and research grants per staff (5%)
  • Engagement including global talent development (13%), and student ability development (13%)
  • Outcomes including academic reputation (10%) and employer reputation (10%)
  • Environment including proportion of international students (5%), proportion of international staff (5%), international exchange programmes (5%), and courses in a foreign language (5%).

The top ten universities overall are:

1= Kyoto University
1=   University of Tokyo
3. Tohoku University
4. Tokyo Institute of Technology
5. Kyushu University
6. Hokkaido University
7. Nagoya University
8. Osaka University
9. University of Tsukuba
10. Keio University

The top three universities for Resources are:

  1. University of Tokyo
  2. Kyoto University
  3. Tohoku University.

The top three universities for Engagement are:

  1. Akita International university
  2. University of Tokyo
  3. Kyoto university.

The top three universities for Outcomes are:

  1. University of Tokyo
  2. Kyoto University
  3. Kyushu University.

The top three universities for Environment are:

  1. Akita International University
  2. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
  3. International Christian University.

Sources:
Japan Times
Times Higher Education

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