Japan University Rankings 2021

The Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2021 are designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives – who to trust with their education.

This year’s methodology includes the same 16 performance indicators as last year, with three of the metrics drawing on the THE Japan Student Survey.

View the Japan University Rankings 2021 methodology

The ranking is led by Tohoku University for the second year in a row, while Tokyo Institute of Technology has risen to second. The University of Tokyo remains in third place, while Kyoto University drops two places to fourth.

Tokyo Medical and Dental University now leads the resources pillar, after overtaking the University of Tokyo, while Kyoto still tops the outcomes pillar. Akita International University is again number one for engagement and environment.

The 2021 ranking includes 278 institutions, the same as last year. Pillar scores are only provided when the university is in the top 200 for that pillar (those ranked between 150 and 200 are given a banded score).

Read our analysis of the THE Japan University Rankings 2021 results

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