30 Top Japanese Universities
Background: In 2001 the Ministry of Education proposed to
change the funding model to strengthen the "Top 30" universities.
Among the various "Top 30" lists floated at the time, this one,
attributed to the prep school
Kawaijuku, is probably the most useful.
It was based on four
factors: research funding (Kaken only), citations of research
publications, entrance exam difficulty, and a reputation survey.
Weaknesses: This ranking was done to identify "world class
research universities" as seen in strengths in science and
engineering. For public universities this gives a reasonable
approximation to an overall quality ranking, because Japanese public
universities have fairly similar profiles, and so strength in one area
tends to be matched by strength across the board, including in
recruiting good students and in educating them well.
Private universities, however, tend to have different profiles,
including strengths in education and in the humanities which are not
reflected in this ranking.
Thus in a list of the truly best,
Keio would probably belong
near the top, and other private universities, including
International Christian University,
would probably also be mentioned.
Some smaller, specialized universities, such as
The Tokyo University of Foreign
Studies, The University of
Electro-Communications, The Tokyo National
University of Fine Arts and Music, and Hitotsubashi
University would probably also deserve a place.
My reason for hosting this list was the lack of good information on
Japanese Universities on the web.
Probably this list will be most useful to
graduate school admissions committees considering applicants from
It may also be useful for those considering study in Japan.
Lists of top Japanese Universities are also provided by
World Education Services and by
the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Other resources with coverage of Japan include Webometrics Top Asia Universities.
Two other well-known sources are the Times Higher Education ranking and that by
A good starting place for finding rankings for universities in various countries is the University of Illinois'
College and University Rankings Page.
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