Top Universities in Japan 2019
Updated on Nov 30, 2018 - 12:27 p.m. IST by Shivani Bhatt #Japan
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Top Universities in Japan 2019 - Japan is probably the most technically advanced country and owner of the top of the line technologies such as the bullet train. The country encourages its major industries such as automobiles, electronics, aerospace and green technologies. The Japanese education system is completely geared to support its industry. The top universities in Japan also attract a large number of international students to pursue higher study in Japan. The international aspirants are drawn to study in Japan due to its high standard of education as well as affordable tuition fee when compared with the other developed countries.

The Japanese higher education system is not only dedicated to provide world class education to its own aspirants, it has also put dedicated efforts towards attracting international intellects to its technology-driven educational endeavours. Top universities in Japan are making efforts to make campus life easier for international students which includes introducing courses in English or partly English. 

University of Tokyo and Kyoto university remain the top universities in Japan in all the three major ranking engines that the Times Higher Education, QS and ARWU. According to the QS ranking 2019, 5 top universities in Japan feature among the 100 top universities in the world. Along with University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, a total of 44 top Universities in Japan are ranked. The THE ranking 2019, however, ranks 103 Japanese universities 19 more than the number ranked in THE ranking 2018. According to the QS ranks, 5 of the total 43 universities feature among the top 100 universities in the world.

The ARWU Ranking 2018 has ranked only 16 top universities in Japan, one less than that ranked in the previous ranking. Three of the top universities in Japan feature among the 100 top universities in the world. The top three universities according to the ARWU ranking 2018 are University of Tokyo, Kyoto University and Nagoya University. These 3 universities for improved their ranking in the ARWU ranking tables.

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Careers360 lists the top universities in Japan 2019 as ranked by the three major ranking platforms -Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher education (THE), and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

Top Universities in Japan 2019

S.no

University

QS Rank

THE Rank

ARWU Rank

2019

2018

2019

2018

2018

2017

1

The University of Tokyo

23

28

42

46

22

24

2

Kyoto University

35

36

65

74

35

35

3

Tokyo Institute of Technology

58

56

251–300

251–300

151-200

151-200

4

Osaka University

67

63

251–300

201–250

101-150

101-150

5

Tohoku University

77

76

251–300

201–250

101-150

101-150

6

Nagoya University

111

116

301–350

301–350

83

84

7

Kyushu University

126

128

401–500

351–400

201-300

201-300

8

Hokkaido University

128

122

401–500

401–500

151-200

151-200

9

Keio University

198

192

601–800

601–800

301-400

301-400

10

Waseda University

208

203

601–800

601–800

401-500


11

University of Tsukuba

260

250

401–500

401–500

201-300

201-300

12

Hiroshima University

321

322

601–800

601–800


301-400

13

Kobe University

352

351

601–800

601–800

401-500

401-500

14

Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)

352

367

401–500

401–500

--

--

15

Hitotsubashi University

456

421-430

--

--

--

--

16

Yokohama City University

460

501-550

601–800

601–800

--

--

17

Chiba University

464

501-550

601–800

601–800

301-400

301-400

18

Kumamoto University

511-520

551-600

801–1000

601–800

--

--

19

Okayama University

511-520

501-550

801–1000

601–800

301-400

301-400

20

Nagasaki University

521-530

551-600

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

21

Osaka City University

541-550

551-600

801–1000

601–800

--

401-500

22

Kanazawa University

561-570

551-600

801–1000

601–800

--

--

23

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

571-580

551-600

801–1000

601–800

--

--

24

Kagoshima University

601-650

651-700

1001+

801–1000

--

--

25

Osaka Prefecture University

601-650

701-750

1001+

801–1000

--

--

26

Gifu University

651-700

651-700

1001+

801–1000

--

--

27

Niigata University

651-700

701-750

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

28

Tokyo Metropolitan University

651-700

651-700

401–500

501–600

--

--

29

Gunma University

701-750

751-800

1001+


--

--

30

Yamaguchi University

701-750

751-800

1001+

801–1000

--

--

31

Yokohama National University

701-750

751-800

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

32

Nagoya Institute of Technology (NIT)

751-800

751-800

1001+

801–1000

--

--

33

Sophia University

751-800

701-750

1001+

801–1000

--

--

34

Tokyo University of Science

751-800

701-750

801–1000

601–800

401-500

401-500

35

Aoyama Gakuin University

801-1000

801-1000

1001+

--

--

--

36

Doshisha University

801-1000

801-1000

1001+

1001+

--

--

37

Kyoto Institute of Technology

801-1000


1001+

801–1000

--

--

38

Kyushu Institute of Technology

801-1000

801-1000

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

39

Meiji University

801-1000

801-1000

1001+

801–1000

--

--

40

Ochanomizu University

801-1000

801-1000

1001+


--

--

41

Ritsumeikan University

801-1000

801-1000

1001+

801–1000

--

--

42

Saitama University

801-1000

801-1000

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

43

Shinshu University

801-1000

801-1000

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

44

Tokai University

801-1000

801-1000

1001+

801–1000

--

--

45

Fujita Health University

--

--

401–500

501–600

--

--

46

Teikyo University

--

--

401–500


--

--

47

Juntendo University

--

--

601–800

601–800

--

--

48

Kindai University

--

--

601–800

801–1000

--

--

49

Nippon Medical School

--

--

601–800


--

--

50

Rikkyo University

--

--

601–800


--

--

51

The University of Aizu

--

--

601–800

601–800

--

--

52

Aichi Medical University

--

--

801–1000


--

--

53

Hamamatsu University School of Medicine

--

--

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

54

Hyogo College of Medicine

--

--

801–1000


--

--

55

Jikei University School of Medicine

--

--

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

56

Kagawa University

--

--

801–1000

601–800

--

--

57

Kansai Medical University

--

--

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

58

Kochi University

--

--

801–1000

601–800

--

--

59

Nagoya City University

--

--

801–1000

601–800

--

--

60

Sapporo Medical University

--

--

801–1000

--

--

--

61

Toho University

--

--

801–1000

--

--

--

62

Tokushima University

--

--

801–1000

801–1000

401-500

401-500

63

Tokyo Medical University

--

--

801–1000

--

--

--

64

Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT)

--

--

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

65

Yamagata University

--

--

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

66

University of Yamanashi

--

--

801–1000

801–1000

--

--

67

Akita University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

68

Chiba Institute of Technology

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

69

Chubu University

--

--

1001+


--

--

70

Chuo University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

71

Ehime University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

72

The University of Electro-Communications

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

73

University of Fukui

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

74

Hosei University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

75

University of Hyogo

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

76

Ibaraki University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

77

Iwate University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

78

Kanagawa University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

79

Kansai University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

80

Kitasato University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

81

Kogakuin University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

82

Kwansei Gakuin University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

83

Meijo University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

84

University of Miyazaki

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

85

Muroran Institute of Technology

--

--

1001+


--

--

86

Nagaoka University of Technology

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

87

Nara Medical University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

88

Oita University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

89

University of the Ryukyus

--

--

1001+


--

--

90

Saga University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

91

Saitama Medical University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

92

Shibaura Institute of Technology Tokyo

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

93

Shimane University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

94

Shizuoka University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

95

University of Shizuoka

--

--

1001+


--

--

96

Showa University

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

97

Tokyo University of Agriculture

--

--

1001+


--

--

98

Tokyo City University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

99

Tokyo Denki University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

100

Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

101

Tottori University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

102

University of Toyama

--

--

1001+

801–1000

--

--

103

Toyo University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

104

Utsunomiya University

--

--

1001+

1001+

--

--

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