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Kyoto University remains top of Japanese university rankings in 2019

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As with any surveys it is important to know how the evaluations are made and is not clear in the article so I tried looking at the original site. I don't see any explanation on how the evaluations were made other than numbers therefore the ranking is rather meaningless to me.....

https://japanuniversityrankings.jp/rankings/

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It’s beyond me why the have to grade their universities. Students study what they want where they want. There should be no difference in the quality of teaching between one university or another.

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Notice how there is no mention of how Japanese universities rank compared with other nations? Because they don't.

What should have been included in the criteria (maybe it was... there is no mention of it anywhere), is which schools DIDN'T show sexism in letting men into their programs over women, like with the ten or more universities caught doing that with medical departments.

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I see yesterday going to a public uni is about ¥500,000 per year and private uni's ¥1,500,000.

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zichi, that's accurate. Having worked at both, that's about the norm--some of the private uni's being higher of course. Makes you wonder if families are forcing kids into 20-hour study regiments b/c they're rankings obsessed or b/c they'll save 50,000$ for their kid's education.

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University rankings are done every year by outside companies and media organizations in every country. You could look at the rankings for top Universities in almost any given country.

In Japan, people tend to spend a lot of money on studying because they want their kids to go to the top ranking public schools. Public schools at all levels are much cheaper than private universities. Private schools and universities tend to be double or triple th cost of public schools and universities.

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We are stupid we pay taxes and they are educated at colleges supported by our tax money and the graduates of those colleges reign over us.

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Wow, I am impressed! Having met graduates of Todai and Kyodai, I felt Kyodai's were more genial and well-balanced.

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Alright Kansai! Congratulations Kyoto!

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Nothing against ICU, but the idea that it rates higher than Keio or Waseda would strike anyone as strange. I don't think it is even that well known. (Full disclosure, Gokai went to Tokyo University (in the late 90s, when it was No. 1).

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PS But yes, Kyoto U. is very strong, and has more Nobel Prize winners than Tokyo U.

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Notice how there is no mention of how Japanese universities rank compared with other nations? Because they don't.

So true. You will definitely see a different picture. However, the university itself is just a university. For me, I hire people, not universities. Many times, those from not so well-known universities often offer much for in skill, experience, and integrity.

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University administrators are quite obsessed with these rankings. In our case they are more concerned with where we come in the global rankings rather than within Japan.

It's good to see Kyoto beating Tokyo. Tokyo university gets so much more money from the government than anyone else, something like 60% more per faculty member, and it appears they are wasting much of it. All the useless bureaucrats coming out of Tokyo should push it even further down the rankings.

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Kyoto is a pleasant city . . . and has history being near the ancient capital of Japan.  One of my grandfathers may have attended classes at Kyoto U. in the 1890s.

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According to some surveys, Japanese uni's rank in the top 100 with Tokyo at 23rd and Kyoto at 35th.

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According to some surveys, Japanese uni's rank in the top 100 with Tokyo at 23rd and Kyoto at 35th.

Poor English is obviously a disadvatage in many areas where key texts have not been translated into Japanese. In many countries, students just get on with it and read the English text, but Japanese are limited. This applies at many levels, from undergraduate, to post-graduate.

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According to QS, the highest ranked Japanese university in 2019 is the University of Tokyo at #23. Above it at 17 is Tsinghua university in China, Nanyang TU and National university, both in Singapore at spots 11 and 10 respectively.

12 of the top 20 are all in the U.S. including the top four headed by M.I.T.

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Rankings are a pissing contest for administrators. International rankings have essentially no meaning for undergraduates because only a microscopic fraction of undergraduates in a given country can go abroad just because some foreign institution ranks higher than what there is in their home country.

Graduate students tend to gravitate to individual professors with the best reputation (and connections) in the subject they want to study. If you want to study medieval Latin for example, it makes no difference to you that MIT is number four in the Times Higher rankings. MIT could be 444 in ranking. MIT is an engineering school, so it is irrelevant to you.

Similarly, if your field was oncology, MIT and its high ranking would again be irrelevant because MIT does not have a med school as such.

But, even if you break the rankings down by field, they still don't mean much. Harvard Law school may be tops in the US, but if you are a German looking to practice law in Germany, Harvard's ranking means essentially nothing to you.

To be sure some universities are better overall than others, but just because the Times Higher says Oxford is number one and Cambridge number two in the world, that really means very little in practice.

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Chico3: "Many times, those from not so well-known universities often offer much for in skill, experience, and integrity."

Very true! Unfortunately here more so than elsewhere it is all about name recognition, not at all about quality of education. Oh, and nepotism. And I think we all know that getting into school is the real hell, once in in Japan, university is called a "four-year vacation".

bullfighter: "Rankings are a pissing contest for administrators."

So why do you spend your whole post ranting about schools overseas with much better reputations and world rankings and don't even touch once upon this article or the rankings therein? To me you come off once again as just plain jaded about the facts that the article goes out of its way not to mention world rankings, which it most certainly would if Japan ranked in any terms of importance. I do agree it would be silly to go to the top engineering school solely for reputation if you are going to major in Latin, but shouldn't that go for here, too?

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In the annual global rankings, The University of Tokyo ranks 42nd, and Kyoto University ranks 65th.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/world-university-rankings-2019-results-announced

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This link is better:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2019/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

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This link lists differently:

http://www.shanghairanking.com/World-University-Rankings-2018/Japan.html

Therefore, Uni listings are as useless as JT "expertise"

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It’s beyond me why the have to grade their universities. Students study what they want where they want. There should be no difference in the quality of teaching between one university or another.

Do you find the all the restaurants you dine in have equal tasting food and atmosphere?

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The third annual Japan University Rankings were produced in cooperation with Benesse Corp., an education services company.

This is the "key" to the rankings here. Probably based it upon how many paying customers they have that use their products!

It's a relatively new ranking anyway, only three years old.

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Enough with top rankings.

What are the lowest of the lowest ones?

'How to make them better?' That's what Japan should focus.

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