Times Higher Education (THE) has produced the latest edition of its Japan University Rankings. These are part of a series that includes European and US rankings and attempts to assess universities according to criteria relevant to teaching and learning.
This year’s table shows Tohoku University in first place ahead of the Universities of Tokyo and Kyoto, the previous front-runners.
The methodology is based on four pillars:
- Resources (weighting 34%); including finance per student, faculty per student, university mock entrance exam scores, research output and research grants
- Engagement (30%); including global talent development, student ability development, student engagement, interaction with teachers/students, student recommendation
- Outcomes (16%); including academic reputation and employer reputation
- Environment (20%); including international students, international faculty, international exchange programs and courses in a foreign language.
The top five universities overall are:
1. Tohoku University
2. Kyoto University
3= University of Tokyo
3= Tokyo Institute of Tokyo
5. Kyushu University.
The top universities for each pillar are:
- Resources; University of Tokyo
- Engagement; Akita International University
- Outcomes; Kyoto University
- Environment; Akita International University.