THE Japan University Rankings 2019: results announced

Kyoto University overtakes University of Tokyo in student-focused table

三月 27, 2019
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Browse the THE Japan University Rankings 2019 results

Kyoto University has topped the latest Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings, which includes results from a student survey for the first time.

Last year, Kyoto shared the number one spot with The University of Tokyo, which has now slipped to second place.

Kyoto’s performance for teaching environment improved this year; this pillar includes metrics on the share of international students and staff, as well as the number of students in international exchange programmes, and the number of courses taught in a language other than Japanese.

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The university also leads the outcomes pillar for the first time. This measures academic and employer reputation, based on two surveys.

The Japan University Rankings are one of three THE league tables that focus on student engagement and learning outcomes, rather than research. For the first time this year, the Japan ranking includes three indicators that are drawn from a new THE Japan Student Survey, modelled on surveys used in the US and Europe-focused teaching rankings.

View this year’s Japan University Rankings methodology in full

These new metrics form part of the engagement pillar, which is led by Akita International University this year. The institution also tops the environment pillar, while the University of Tokyo is number one for resources, which includes metrics on income, student-staff ratio and research output.

International Christian University is the top-ranked private institution in the table, at 11th place, up from 16th.

THE Japan University Rankings 2019: the top 10

2019 rank 2018 rank Institution Overall score
1 1= Kyoto University 82.0
2 1= The University of Tokyo 81.9
3 3 Tohoku University 80.2
4 5 Kyushu University 79.5
=5 6 Hokkaido University 79.3
=5 7 Nagoya University 79.3
7 4 Tokyo Institute of Technology 79.0
8 8 Osaka University 77.9
9 9 University of Tsukuba 77.5
10 12 Akita International University 76.7



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