Oxbridge top, Tokyo 42nd

UK-Japan News October 2018

Japan’s universities have made progress during the year, after a long period of decline, according to a UK-based ranking of the world’s higher education institutions, Japan Today reported on 27 September.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings lists 1,250 institutions around the world, with Japan having 103 of those, up from last year’s 89. The University of Tokyo was ranked 42nd, up four places, and Kyoto University rose nine places to 65th.

However, despite some improvements, Phil Baty, editorial director of the global rankings, was quoted as saying that, “the majority of Japan’s institutions still decline or remain static amid intensifying regional competition”.

Oxford University retained first place, with Cambridge second.