The University of Tokyo remains as the highest-performing tertiary institution in Asia, this according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings that was released on Wednesday. The premier university in Japan’s capital actually improved on its performance from last year, moving up four places from last year and placing 23rd overall on this year’s rankings. Aside from that, Japan also consolidated its hold on being Asia’s best tertiary education country with a total of five universities in the world’s top 200.
The world university rankings are based on 13 separate performance indicators. These measure the universities based on methods for teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Japan should be happy that it has, from an educational point of view, the cream of the crop in Asia with the regards to top university education. Apart from the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University is in the list at 52nd globally (up two places from 2012 rankings), Tokyo Institute of Technology at 125th (up three places), Osaka University at 144th (up three places) and Tohoku University 150th (down by 13 places). “Amid predictions of decline and concerns about the slow pace of internationalization, Japan has strengthened its position as the number one nation in Asia – the University of Tokyo remains Asia’s finest,” Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said. “This suggests that ambitious government drives to improve the international standing of Japanese universities are paying off,” he added.
At the top of the pile, California Institute of Technology retains its number one spot for the third consecutive year. The renowned Harvard University and Oxford University are tied for second place. This year, the rankings also show a general trend of universities from other countries in Asia gaining ground and improving their educational standards, while several European universities fell back in the rankings.
[via Times Higher Education]