Source: 4 International Careers and Jobs website 741 local universities are ranked at this website.
In 2001 the Ministry of Education sought to strengthen the “Top 30″ universities by changing the funding model. Various “Top 30″ lists that were floated at the time, but Kawaijuku prep school’s is probably by the most well known one in terms of the overall general public standing and reputation of universities.
2006 Ranking of National Universities by Subject and Average Admissions Score on National University Examinations (based on four factors: research funding (Kaken only), citations of research publications, entrance exam difficulty, and a reputation survey).
4 Tokyo Institute of Technology
17 Tokyo University of Science
18 Tokyo Metropolitan University
19 Tokyo Medical and Dental University
20 Osaka City University
24 Osaka Prefecture University
26 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
27 Yokohama National University
29 Nagoya City University
Yoyogi University Prep School rankings:
Yoyogi college preparation (or cram) school — possibly the nation’s most famous and relied upon by academics — produces a series of annual rankings of public and private university departments based on the average score that students must earn on the national university admissions examination for entry.
Law & Economics: Tokyo 1/93% Kyoto 2/91% Osaka 3/90% Nagoya 4/89% Hitotsubashi 4/89% Kobe 5/87% Kyushu 8/86% Tohoku 8/86 Yokohama National 11/84% Hokkaido 13/83% Nagoya City Osaka City 13/83% 15/80% Kanazawa 15/80%
Art & Literature: Tokyo 1/91-93% Kyoto 1 91-93% Ochanomizu 2/89% Osaka 4/88% Hitotsubashi 5/88% Kanazawa & Nagoya & Kobe 10/86% Osaka City Yokohama National 14 / 85%
Science & Engineering Tokyo 1/92-94% Kyoto 3/91% Osaka 5/89% Kyushu 6/88% Ochanomizu 6/88% Nagoya & Osaka City & Nagoya City 9/86% Tohoku & Kobe & Hokkaido 11/85% Yokohama National & Kanazawa 14/84% Medicine Tokyo 1/95% Nagoya 2/94% Hokkaido & Kyushu 3/94% Kyoto & Osaka 3/93% Kobe & Osaka City & Nagoya City 8/92%
(Schools are ranked and beside the ranking is the average of each university’s department rank. Only the top 16 universities for each departmental league table were considered.)
Ranking 2006 for private universities:
Schools are ranked by department in the Yoyogi ranking. The ranking above is an average of each university’s department rank (in three departments).
Law & Economics: Keio & Waseda & 1/69 Jochi (Sophia) 3/65 Doshisha & Chuo 4/64% Ritsumeikan & Rikkyo 7/63% Tsudajuku 9/62% Meiji & Aoyamagakuin 10/61% 12 Gakushuin 12/59%
Art & Literature: Waseda 1/69% Keio 2/69% Int Christian U & Jochi (Sophia) 3/63% Tsudajuku 6/62% Rikkyo 7/61% Doshisha & Chuo & Nanzan 8/60% Meiji & Kansai Gakuin & Aoyamgakuin & Gakushuin 11/59% Science & Engineering Keio 1/64% Waseda 2/63% Doshisha & & Tokyo U of Science ICU 3/60% Jochi & Meiji 6/59% Ritsumeikan 8/58% Rikkyo & Kansai Gakuin 9/57% Tsudajuku 11/56% Aoyamagakuin & Nanzan 15/55%
Medical, dental, pharmacy, agriculture: Keio 70 – Jikei University 67 – Osaka Medical College 67 – Nippon Medical School 66 – Juntendo 65 – Kansai Medical University 65 – Kurume 65 – Iwate Medical University 64 – Jichi Medical University 64 – Kyorin 64 – Showa 64 – Tokyo Medical University 64 – Tokyo University of Science 64 – Aichi Medical University 64 – Kinki 64
Other rankings maintained by Asahi Shimbun and Recruit Ltd that indicate the quality of institutions are not displayed here. There are also other lists of top Japanese Universities, some broken down by field of study, and which are provided by World Education Services on their Japan page.
Regional and international standing of Japanese universities (these differ considerably):
Webometrics Top Asia Universities are ranked as follows:
1 University of Tokyo 54; 2 National Taiwan University 70; 3 Kyoto University 89; 4 National University of Singapore 111; 5 Beijing University 112
6 Chinese University of Hong Kong 123; 7 University of Hong Kong 148; 8 Hebrew University of Jerusalem 153; 9 Keio University 165; 10 Tel Aviv University 202
11 Weizmann Institute of Science 225; 12 University of Tsukuba 234; 13 Technion Israel Institute of Technology 236; 14 Tsinghua University China 238; 15 National Chiao Tung University 239; 16 National Sun Yat-Sen University 242; 17 Nagoya University 256; 18 Osaka University 266; 19 Tohoku University 284; 20 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
but according to 4ICU’s rankings …
Keio University ranks 6th on the Asian universities ranking page after 5 Chinese universities, while University of Tokyo only comes in 18th followed by Waseda University in 28th place. (this page refers)
The following rankings compare regional and world rankings of Japanese universities to those around the world:
Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s list of the Top 100 Asia Pacific Universitiesgives the rankings as follows:
Regional Rank Institution* Country World Rank (On the left:regional ranking, Right: world ranking)
1 Tokyo Univ Japan 14
2 Kyoto Univ Japan 21
3 Australian Natl Univ Australia 53
4 Osaka Univ Japan 54
5 Tohoku Univ Japan 69
6 Univ Melbourne Australia 82
7 Hebrew Univ Jerusalem Israel 90
8 Nagoya Univ Japan 97
9-17 Hokkaido Univ Japan 101-152
9-17 Kyushu Univ Japan 101-152
9-17 Natl Univ Singapore Singapore 101-152
9-17 Tel Aviv Univ Israel 101-152
9-17 Tokyo Inst Tech Japan 101-152
9-17 Tsukuba Univ Japan 101-152
9-17 Univ Queensland Australia 101-152
9-17 Univ Sydney Australia 101-152
9-17 Weizmann Inst Sci Israel 101-152
18-21 Natl Taiwan Univ China-tw 153-201
18-21 Seoul Natl Univ South Korea 153-201
18-21 Univ New South Wales Australia 153-201
18-21 Univ Western Australia Australia 153-201
22-37 Chinese Univ Hong Kong China-hk 202-301
22-37 Hiroshima Univ Japan 202-301
22-37 Hong Kong Univ Sci & Tech China-hk 202-301
22-37 Indian Inst Sci India 202-301
22-37 Keio Univ Japan 202-301
22-37 Kobe Univ Japan
Your best reference online on selectivity rankings might be those maintained by WENR World Education News & Reviews but they go only up to 2006.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s list of the Top 100 Asia Pacific Universities
Webometrics Top Asia Universities
For a source of rankings for universities in various countries is the University of Illinois’ College and University Rankings Page
Source: 4 International Careers and Jobs website see ranking of 741 local universities at this website.
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I know that public universities are generally more prestigious in Japan, so how do private schools like Keio and Waseda typically fall in terms of prestige? Would they follow the rule and be ranked under all of the National 7? Or would they be the exception, with top notch students rejecting Osaka to go to Keio for example (if they had the choice)?
A bit latein my reply but what the heck.
I know two people, one a 50 something year old teacher and another a recent graduate and the pattern was the same: they both tried for Kyoto Uni but got dropped, the teacher went for Waseda while the other friend also got accepted into Waseda but still chose Tokyo Gaikokugo Daigaku (philosophy for the former and English language for the latter).
Basically, national university first and foremost.
Why not, huge difference in what you have to fork out for schoolfeesmbetween public vs. Pte. not much difference in post-graduation–employment benefits