Universities in Japan

The nation’s strongest global ranking is currently claimed by the University of Tokyo, which ranks 23rd in the QS World University Rankings® 2019, up six places from the previous year. Close behind are Kyoto University (35th) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (58th), with a further 41 Japanese universities ranked among the world’s best.

Osaka University

Located in the third most populous city in Japan, Osaka University, also known as “Handai”, is ranked 67th in the latest QS World University Rankings. It holds a strong reputation across a number of research fields, featuring among the world’s best for 27 subjects in the subject rankings, including the global top 50 for chemistry, chemical engineering, physics and astronomy, dentistry and materials sciences.

Kyoto UniversityKyoto University

Based in Japan’s old capital city of Kyoto, Kyoto University is the second highest-ranked university in the country, up one place to rank 35th. It also has a strong presence in the subject rankings, featuring among the world’s best in 35 of the 48 subjects covered in the latest edition.

Considering studying in Japan? Read our guide to find out everything you need to know about Japanese universities and student life, and what steps to take next.

Known for making things smaller, faster and first, Japan boasts the third-largest economy in the world. Its economic strength is at least partly due to the strong research and development industry that underlies successful international brands such as Nissan, Toyota, Panasonic, Canon and Sony – as well as producing robots for every need imaginable. Unsurprisingly, an excellent higher education system lies behind all this innovation.


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