Japan’s University of Tokyo still remains on top of the most distinguished institutions for higher education in Asia. According to the poll conducted by Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, the prestigious university is also number 11 in the world’s top 100 universities.
While its current spot is down two notches from last year, it still bested its Asian peers and was bettered only by British and American institutions. Kyoto University meanwhile, went up to 19th from the previous year’s 23rd spot, becoming Asia’s No. 2. The National University of Singapore, the world’s 21st , is the third in Asia followed by South Korea’s Seoul National University, which is 26th in the world. China’s Tsinghua University went down one level from the previous year to 36th and is the fifth top school in Asia. Joining the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University in the list are other Japanese universities Osaka University, which is 50th in the world, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tohoku University.
The editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings, Phil Baty, said, “Despite the disappointment that (University of) Tokyo is lo longer among the 10 most prestigious global universities, the rankings are generally good news for Japan.” He added, “It has consolidated its position as Asia’s finest, with five top 100 institutions.” Baty believes that the recent steps to globalize its educational system and to be more open to international staff and students have paid off. Harvard University remains to be the top institution on higher education followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. The University of Cambridge and University of Oxford are in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.