Top 30 Japanese Universities

(Kawaijuku’s ranking / source: Nigel Ward’s Homepage)

1 University of Tokyo
2 Kyoto University
3 Osaka University
4 Tokyo Institute of Technology
5 Tohoku University
6 Keio University
7 Kyushu University
8 Nagoya University
9 Hokkaido University
10 Tsukuba University
11 Kobe University
12 Chiba University
13 Waseda University
14 Hiroshima University
15 Kanazawa University
16 Okayama University
17 Tokyo University of Science
18 Tokyo Metropolitan University
19 Tokyo Medical and Dental University
20 Osaka City University
21 Niigata University
22 Kumamoto University
23 Tokushima University
24 Osaka Prefectural University
25 Gifu University
26 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
27 Yokohama National University
28 Yamaguchi University
29 Nagoya City University
30 Kagoshima University

Background: In 2001 the Ministry of Education proposed to change the funding model to strengthen the “Top 30” universities. Among the various “Top 30” lists floated at the time, this one, attributed to the prep school Kawaijuku is probably the most useful.

It was based on four factors: research funding (Kaken only), citations of research publications, entrance exam difficulty, and a reputation survey.

Note: This ranking was done to identify “world class research universities” as seen in strengths in science and engineering. For public universities this gives a reasonable approximation to an overall quality ranking, because Japanese public universities have fairly similar profiles, and so strength in one area tends to be matched by strength across the board, including in recruiting good students and in educating them well.

Private universities, however, tend to have different profiles, including strengths in education and in the humanities which are not reflected in this ranking. Thus in a list of the truly best, Waseda andKeio would probably belong near the top, and other private universities, including Sophia, International Christian UniversityMeiji, and Nihon, would probably also be mentioned. Some smaller, specialized universities, such as The Tokyo University of Foreign StudiesThe University of Electro-Communications,The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and Hitotsubashi University would probably also deserve a place.

Source: Nigel Ward’s HomepageKawaijuku


Further reading:

Japan’s top 20 universities ranking (4ICU rankings)

Ichi-ryu daigaku: Top Ranking Universities in Japan

Why Japanese universities have been left behind in global rankings

Why University of Tokyo (Todai) is entrenched at the top of the educational hierarchy

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