Univer­sity of Tokyo takes top spot

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Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (THE) re­cently pub­lished its first rank­ing of 150 Japanese uni­ver­si­ties.

The Univer­sity of Tokyo takes first place in the in­au­gu­ral THE Ja­pan Univer­sity Rank­ings, fol­lowed by To­hoku Univer­sity (2nd place), Ky­oto Univer­sity (3rd) and Nagoya Univer­sity and Tokyo In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, which share joint fourth place. In ad­di­tion to the 150 in­sti­tu­tions ranked, data are pub­lished for a fur­ther 142, pro­vid­ing anal­y­sis of 292 in­sti­tu­tions over­all.

The new rank­ing is mod­elled on the highly suc­cess­ful Wall

Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Col­lege Rank­ing of more than 1,000 US in­sti­tu­tions, launched in Septem­ber last year, which placed teach­ing and stu­dent out­comes ahead of re­search per­for­mance.

The rank­ings are based on a new method­ol­ogy us­ing 11 in­di­ca­tors of the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence — in­clud­ing fi­nance per stu­dent, stu­dent abil­ity devel­op­ment and em­ployer rep­u­ta­tion.

Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion World Univer­sity Rank­ings Phil Baty edi­tor said: “Our first rank­ing of 150 Japanese uni­ver­si­ties, with data cov­er­ing al­most 300, is a rad­i­cal new take on the Japanese univer­sity sys­tem and marks an ex­cit­ing ex­pan­sion by Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion of our port­fo­lio of rank­ings that em­pha­sise the qual­ity of teach­ing and stu­dent out­comes.

“Our data team has de­vel­oped an en­tirely new method­ol­ogy fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with MEXT — the Japanese Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Cul­ture, Sports, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy — and our part­ners at Be­nesse.

“The re­sults of­fer a deeper, richer way of look­ing at Japanese univer­sity per­for­mance, re­veal­ing strengths that are not fully ex­posed by tra­di­tional rank­ings, with their greater em­pha­sis on re­search pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“Aca­demics, pol­icy mak­ers and, par­tic­u­larly, stu­dents, will find in these rank­ings a bet­ter re­flec­tion of the true qual­i­ties of Japanese uni­ver­si­ties in a Japanese con­text.”

Clus­tered near the top of the new rank­ing are the Na­tional Seven Uni­ver­si­ties, a group of in­sti­tu­tions founded by the Em­pire of Ja­pan be­tween 1886 and 1939 and con­sid­ered the Japanese equiv­a­lent of the Ivy League in the US. This se­lect group com­prises seven of the top eight places, with the only non-mem­ber in the top eight be­ing the Tokyo In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, founded in 1929. The top pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions in the rank­ing are Waseda and Keio uni­ver­si­ties, both lo­cated in Tokyo.

The THE Ja­pan Univer­sity Rank­ings are based on four “pil­lars”, each com­pris­ing a num­ber of met­rics, with 11 in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors be­ing used in the rank­ing over­all. The four pil­lars mea­sure re­sources, en­gage­ment, out­comes and en­vi­ron­ment. Some of Ja­pan’s less pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties per­form well in spe­cific ar­eas of the new rank­ings. For ex­am­ple, the en­gage­ment pil­lar, which re­flects how well uni­ver­si­ties de­velop their stu­dents’ abil­i­ties and whether stu­dents are taught to global stan­dards, is based on a sur­vey of ca­reers ad­vi­sors from al­most 2,400 Japanese high schools and places Akita In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity (20th over­all) top on this bas­ket of mea­sures.

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