The University of Tokyo remained the most prestigious Asian institution of higher education in an annual university reputation survey released Wednesday.
The latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings placed the University of Tokyo in 11th place among the world’s top 100 universities. Though the university moved down two places from 2013, it still topped other Asian peers and was beaten only by American and British institutions.
Asia’s No. 2 spot in the global survey of academic opinion went to Kyoto University, which ranked 19th, up from 23rd in 2013, followed by the National University of Singapore at 21st, up one notch, and South Korea’s Seoul National University at 26th, up from 41st. China’s Tsinghua University came in 36th, one down from 35th.
Among other Japanese universities making the top 100, Osaka University was at 50th, up from the 51st to 60th group, while Tokyo Institute of Technology came in between 51st and 60th, up from the 61st to 70th group, and Tohoku University in 61st and 70th (unchanged from the 2013 survey).
“Despite the disappointment that (the University of) Tokyo is no longer among the 10 most prestigious global universities, the rankings are generally good news for Japan,” Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings, said in a statement. “It has consolidated its position as Asia’s finest, with five top 100 institutions.
“Perhaps recent efforts to increase Japanese institutions’ international profiles and to open up its universities to more international staff and students are starting to pay off,” he added.
Harvard University retained the top spot in the rankings, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, all from the United States. Britain’s University of Cambridge and University of Oxford came in fourth and fifth, respectively, on the list, which saw American and British institutions dominate the top 10 positions.
In terms of the number of institutions ranked in the top 100, the United States led the pack with 46 schools, followed by the United Kingdom with 10 and Germany with six. Japan came in fourth with five institutions.
The rankings were based on 10,536 responses from senior academics in 133 countries who were asked to nominate no more than 15 of the best institutions in their narrow field of expertise based on their experience and knowledge.
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