Top Universities and Colleges in Japan

A place where geniuses are constantly inventing and discovering new things, Japan is the natural habitat for great ideas and excellent research. It's no wonder that Japan has several top-ranked universities, well-known and highly regarded all over the world.

To be sure, remember that, since the 1950s, there have been over 20 Nobel Prize winners from Japan alone. It must be a pretty good place to study your Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D! We're talking about some of the best colleges, business schools, law schools, medical schools, and engineering schools ever.

Top Ranked Universities on PhDPortal

Universities Times Higher Education Ranking (2019) Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2018) TopUniversities Ranking (2020) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2019)
42 22 22 62
65 35 33 119
251 101 71 215
251 101 82 227
251 151 58 289
301 83 115 272
401 151 132 380
401 201 132 327
401 - - 950
401 - 359 663
Tokyo Metropolitan University 401 - 601 503
401 201 270 379
601 301 442 667
601 - 334 533
Juntendo University 601 - - -
601 301 200 489
601 401 395 533
601 - 801 -
601 401 196 388
601 - 468 973
801 - - -
801 - - -
801 - 581 890
801 - - 1010
801 - 531 894
801 - 801 -
801 - 531 914
Nagoya City University 801 - - -
801 - 601 826
801 301 561 552
801 - 551 927
801 - 801 -
801 - 751 708
801 401 - 1045
801 - - -
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology 801 - - -
801 401 801 837
801 - - -
801 - - -
801 - - -
801 - 751 -
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1001 - - -
1001 - - -
1001 - - 1052
Gifu University 1001 - 601 -
1001 - 751 -
1001 - - -
1001 - - -
1001 - 651 961
1001 - - -
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1001 - 801 -
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1001 - 651 -
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- - 701 -
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- - 801 950
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University Rankings Explained

World University Rankings created by Times Higher Education takes into account the reputation of research done by universities and how often papers produced by universities were quoted around the world.

Academic Ranking of World Universities created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University focuses on the number of award-winning scientists, most cited researchers from the listed universities, and their contribution to the scientific community.

QS World University Rankings created by TopUniversities surveys a large number of academic experts about the reputation of universities and also measures the quality of teaching.

Best Global Universities Rankings created by U.S. News & World Report analyses university graduation rates and how many students remain enrolled in their second year of studies. It also surveys university representatives on the performance of universities.

Study in Japan

Japan is one of the most interesting study abroad destinations due to its scientific and technological innovations, as well as research discoveries in bio-medicine field.The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is a standard examination for international students. Most university courses in Japan are only available in Japanese, although a few universities offer one or more English courses at a master's and/or doctoral level.

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