A new top 100 university ranking has been published for 2013, focusing on just schools in Asia. Put together by Times Higher Education (THE), the same organization that publishes the World University Rankings, the top 100 list found schools from Japan taking the most honors, and in more ways than one.
THE’s Asia University Ranking included schools from the Middle East, South Asia, and Turkey, but nearly all the standouts were from economic superpower countries in East Asia. Out of the top 100, 22 Japanese institutions were featured, more than any other nation, followed by Taiwan with 17 schools, mainland China with 15, and 14 in South Korea. Also impressive was that Japan’s University of Tokyo took the number one spot. The rest of the top 10 schools consisted of the National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong , Peking University, Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea, Tsinghua University in Beijing, Kyoto University, Seoul National University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Other Japanese universities in the top 20 include the Tokyo Institute of Technology (13th place), Tohoku University (15th), and Osaka University (17th). When comparing their position on the 2013 World University Rankings, the University of Tokyo stands at 27th place. While THE’s list bases its rankings on schools’ academic performance and core missions like international outlook, teaching, and research, it doesn’t seem to take into account students’ outlook on life or success. A recent survey found that over half of Japan’s high school students don’t believe in or have little drive to find professional success in their careers, instead preferring to just find a steady job to stay in.
[via Times Higher Education]
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