(4 April 2017) Times Higher Education released its first Japan University Rankings, using a new methodology which focuses on student success. This methodology will be used in other individual country rankings.
Data for the rankings come from a variety of sources. These include Elsevier, Benesse Corporation, Nikkei Human Resources, the Japanese government and the Times Higher Education Academic Reputation Survey.
The website displays the top-ranked 150 universities by overall scores as well as any other university that’s in the top 150 for any of the pillars (indicator categories). This second tier all receive a score of 151. Each pillar with the top scoring university is displayed below with its overall ranking.
Resources – Tokyo Medical and Dental (38)
Financial component – St Luke’s International U (121-130)
Engagement, through the High School Advisors Survey – Akita (20)
Outcomes – reputation surveys – U Tokyo (1)
Environment – international outlook – Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific U (24)
Environment component - Number of international students -same university;
Second is Digital Hollywood U rated 151+ overall
See the Table below for more detail on the pillars.
Japan’s elite National Seven Universities are joined by the Tokyo Institute of Technology at the top of the rankings. See Table THE Japan for the ranking of the top 15 Japanese universities in five different Times Higher Education surveys. After the top eight, rankings do change based on the different methodologies for the rankings.
Given the decline in rankings of Japanese universities, a more complete analysis will follow in an upcoming article.
Benesse/Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2017 revealed (30 May, 2017). Times Higher Education Supplement, #2299.
Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! is written by Ruth A. Pagell, currently an adjunct faculty [teaching] in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaii. Before joining UH, she was the founding librarian of the Li Ka Shing Library at Singapore Management University. She has written and spoken extensively on various aspects of librarianship, including contributing articles to ACCESS – orcid.org/0000-0003-3238-9674.