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Top universities with the best student-to-staff ratio 2022

Data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings reveal the top universities with the best student-to-staff ratios

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February 9 2022
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Top 10 universities with the best student-to-staff ratio 2022

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Student-to-staff ratio rank 2022 Student-to-staff ratio rank 2021 University Country/region Number of students per one member of staff 
=1 =1 Nippon Medical School Japan 0.9
=1 =1 St Marianna University School of Medicine Japan 0.9
=1 =1 Jikei University School of Medicine Japan 0.9
4 4 Oregon Health and Science University United States 1
5 5 Kansai Medical University Japan 1.2
6 6 Dokkyo Medical University Japan 1.3
7 7 Saitama Medical University Japan 1.5
8 8 Tokyo Medical University Japan 1.7
9 9 Showa University Japan 1.9
10 14 University of Nebraska Medical Center United States 2.1

A lower student-to-staff ratio can make it easier for students to cultivate close relationships with their lecturers, to enjoy quick feedback on essays and assignments, and to get involved in more interactive seminars and discussions.

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Times Higher Education has created this table to show which universities have the best student-to-staff ratios in the world to help students work out which universities might be best placed to provide this type of learning environment.

The list has been compiled using data from the latest THE World University Rankings. As part of the rankings, THE collects information on the number of staff and students at each university, and from this we can calculate the student-to-staff ratio. The full methodology of the World University Rankings can be found here. The table below shows the number of students per member of staff for each university.

All the top 10 universities are specialist medical institutions. Because these universities combine practical experience alongside theoretical learning, it may be that they require more staff to support this teaching structure.

It is also the case that many specialist universities have smaller student bodies, with higher numbers of teaching staff. However, some institutions on this list – such as Vanderbilt University and Duke University – have large student populations (more than 12,000 each), so this isn’t always the case.

Japan dominates the list, with 36 universities featured. The US comes in second with 24 universities. The rest of the top 100 features universities from Russia, France, South Korea, India and China. There is only one university based in the UK featured in the top 100.

The top five universities with the best student-to-staff ratio

5. Kansai Medical University

Kansai Medical University is a private medical university in the Japanese city of Moriguchi, near Osaka. It was founded in 1928 as the Osaka Women’s Medical College, but it wasn’t chartered until 1947. It became co-educational in 1954 and adopted its current name.

The university is affiliated with four hospitals: the KMU Kori Hospital, KMU Medical Centre, KMU University Hospital and Kansai Medical University Temmabashi General Clinic.

It also offers a number of graduate programmes across many areas, including stem cell pathology, psychosomatic medicine, radiology, paediatrics and dermatology.

4. Oregon Health and Science University

Oregon Health and Science University is a public university with a main campus and two hospitals in Portland, Oregon, US. It was founded in 1887.

The institution offers degree programmes in dentistry, medicine and nursing. It is a functioning hospital, simultaneously treating patients, training healthcare professionals and conducting important healthcare research.

Oregon Health and Science University is also one of the largest employers in the state, and has launched many community programmes to improve the health of Oregon’s residents.

The university’s Knight Cancer Institute helped to pioneer medicine through a discovery that identified how to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy ones. The Brain Institute scientists are nationally recognised for discoveries that have led to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.


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=1. Jikei University School of Medicine

Jikei University School of Medicine is a private university in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. The word “jikei” means “mercy and love” in Japanese.

With 2,700 beds and 7,500 outpatients a day, Jikei University Hospitals is considered one of the largest educational hospital systems in the country. The university also has international exchange programmes with King’s College London and the University of Leeds.

Jikei has four university hospitals – Katsushika Medical Center, Daisan Hospital in Chofu Komae, the Kashiwa Hospital in Chiba and the Jikei University School of Medicine Triton Clinic in Harumi.

=1. St Marianna University School of Medicine

Founded in 1971, St Marianna University School of Medicine is Japan’s only medical university with a Christian ethos, as it is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

In addition to medical studies, the institution offers a degree in comparative religious studies.

The curriculum consists of initial practical training in the first three years and clinical clerkship in the latter three years.

The university is the first in Asia to be approved as a medical centre for Fifa, as the medical provider for the Japan national football team.

=1. Nippon Medical School

Nippon Medical School is a private medical school in Tokyo. It is the oldest private medical university in Japan, having been founded in 1876.

The university has two campuses. Musashisakai is about 40 minutes west of the city centre and is where first-year undergraduates take courses in basic sciences and liberal arts.

For the second year through to the sixth year, medical training takes place at the Sendagi campus, which is closer to central Tokyo and near the university hospital. Sendagi is also home to the university’s graduate school and its International Exchange Centre.


The top 100 universities with the best student-to-staff ratio 2022

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Student-to-staff ratio rank 2022 Student-to-staff ratio rank 2021 University Country/region Number of students per one member of staff 
=1 =1 Nippon Medical School Japan 0.9
=1 =1 St Marianna University School of Medicine Japan 0.9
=1 =1 Jikei University School of Medicine Japan 0.9
4 4 Oregon Health and Science University United States 1
5 5 Kansai Medical University Japan 1.2
6 6 Dokkyo Medical University Japan 1.3
7 7 Saitama Medical University Japan 1.5
8 8 Tokyo Medical University Japan 1.7
9 9 Showa University Japan 1.9
10 14 University of Nebraska Medical Center United States 2.1
11 =10 Hyogo College of Medicine Japan 2.2
=12 12 Kanazawa Medical University Japan 2.3
=12 =10 Rush University United States 2.3
14 13 University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan Japan 2.5
=15 =15 Osaka Medical College Japan 2.7
=15 =15 Aichi Medical University Japan 2.7
17 17 Vanderbilt University United States 3
18 =18 Shiga University of Medical Science Japan 3.1
=19 =18 Fujita Health University Japan 3.2
=19 =20 Sapporo Medical University Japan 3.2
21 =22 Nara Medical University Japan 3.3
22 =20 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine Japan 3.4
23 25 Kerman University of Medical Sciences Iran 3.6
24 24 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine Japan 3.7
25 =26 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus United States 3.9
26 =28 Wake Forest University United States 4.1
=27 30 University of Copenhagen Denmark 4.2
=27 31 Duke University United States 4.2
=29 =22 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) Japan 4.3
=29 =28 Juntendo University Japan 4.3
=29 =32 Johns Hopkins University United States 4.3
=32 =26 Emory University United States 4.4
=32 =32 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden 4.4
34 =46 Columbia University United States 4.6
35 40 University of Leoben Austria 4.8
=36 =37 Capital Medical University China 5
=36 35 Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Kazakhstan 5
38 =42 Kitasato University Japan 5.3
39 =46 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus United States 5.6
40 NR SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) United Kingdom 5.7
=41 36 Acıbadem University Turkey 5.9
=41 49 Yale University United States 5.9
=41 =32 Yokohama City University Japan 5.9
=44 48 The University of Chicago United States 6.1
=44 =55 University of Yamanashi Japan 6.1
46 =67 Sofia University Bulgaria 6.2
47 =51 California Institute of Technology United States 6.3
=48 =57 Tehran University of Medical Sciences Iran 6.4
=48 =51 Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University Russian Federation 6.4
=48 =55 University of Pennsylvania United States 6.4
=48 =59 University of Technology, Iraq Iraq 6.4
=52 50 Novosibirsk State University Russian Federation 6.5
=52 =44 Bauman Moscow State Technical University Russian Federation 6.5
=52 NR Estonian University of Life Sciences Estonia 6.5
55 =59 Technical University of Denmark Denmark 6.6
=56 39 University of Rochester United States 6.7
=56 =67 Nagasaki University Japan 6.7
58 =51 Medical University of Warsaw Poland 6.8
=59 NR Privolzhsky Research Medical University Russian Federation 6.9
=59 NR Institut Polytechnique de Paris France 6.9
=59 =57 Saveetha University India 6.9
=59 =59 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Italy 6.9
63 =64 Norwegian University of Life Sciences Norway 7
=64 NR Hellenic Open University Greece 7.1
=64 NR Saint Louis University United States 7.1
=64 =74 Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Peru 7.1
67 66 King George’s Medical University India 7.2
=68 =70 University of Science and Technology of China China 7.3
=68 =74 Stanford University United States 7.3
=70 NR University of South China China 7.4
=70 =70 The Catholic University of Korea South Korea 7.4
=70 =85 Sultan Qaboos University Oman 7.4
=70 NR Urmia University of Medical Sciences Iran 7.4
=70 =70 Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod Russian Federation 7.4
=70 =85 University of Miyazaki Japan 7.4
=70 =74 Nagoya City University Japan 7.4
=77 =78 Shimane University Japan 7.5
=77 =78 Gifu University Japan 7.5
=77 =99 Princeton University United States 7.5
=80 =64 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia 7.6
=80 =85 Gunma University Japan 7.6
=80 =83 Dartmouth College United States 7.6
=83 =85 Sechenov University Russian Federation 7.7
=83 NR Kyushu University Japan 7.7
=83 =89 Iuliu Haţieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca Romania 7.7
=83 NR Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University Russian Federation 7.7
=83 NR IPB University Indonesia 7.7
=83 =95 National University of Cuyo Argentina 7.7
=89 =89 Belarusian State University Belarus 7.8
=89 =89 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia 7.8
=89 =83 Tottori University Japan 7.8
=89 NR University of Alaska Fairbanks United States 7.8
=89 =74 Osaka University Japan 7.8
=89 =89 Niigata University Japan 7.8
=95 =78 Washington University in St Louis United States 7.9
=95 =67 Saint Petersburg State University Russian Federation 7.9
=95 NR University of Fukui Japan 7.9
=98 NR Howard University United States 8
=98 NR Tulane University United States 8
=98 =89 Kumamoto University Japan 8
=98 NR National Technical University of Ukraine – Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Ukraine 8
=98 =99 National Technical University Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute Ukraine 8

 

 


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