QS World University Rankings

Quacquarelli Symonds Rankings

The British university assessment institution Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) began independently publishing university rankings in 2010. It is considered one of the three major rankings, and compared to other rankings focuses on academic reputation (evaluations by academics of the best quality of research being produced at universities in their specific subjects) and employer reputation (evaluations by employers of the best quality of graduates produced). In addition, in order to receive high evaluation scores from international researchers and to rank in the top, universities must be globally recognized and must conduct world-class research. QS Rankings include World University Rankings and Asia University Rankings, as well as QS World University Rankings by Subject and QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

QS World University Rankings®

Ritsumeikan University was ranked in 751-800th category in the QS World Rankings®, as announced in June 2021.
Of all the Japanese universities included in the QS World University Rankings, only 6 private universities were in the ranking,
and Ritsumeikan University placed in the top 3 private universities in the nation.
Additionally, in terms of rank by category, "Employer Reputation" was the highest at 129th in the world (10th in Japan), with “Proportion of International Faculty" coming in next at 485th in the world (5th in Japan).

QS World University Rankings / Methodology

QS Asia University Rankings

Ritsumeikan University ranked 141st in the QS Asia University Rankings announced in November 2020.
Ritsumeikan University ranked 1st for private universities in western Japan (Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and 4th in all of Japan.
The QS World University Rankings and QS Asia University Rankings have different criteria and weightings. In the Asia University Rankings, "Employer Reputation" (49th in Asia, 12th in Japan) has been given greater weight, and "Proportion of Outbound Exchange Students" has been added to, thus boosting Ritsumeikan University's evaluation score even higher than its World University Ranking.

QS Asia University Rankings / Methodology

QS World University Rankings by Subject

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 was released in March 2021. Ritsumeikan University holds a strong position in each of the following broad subject areas1: Arts & Humanities (7th in Japan) and Social Sciences & Management (14th in Japan). QS also offers rankings for 51 narrow subjects2. In 2021, Ritsumeikan University was ranked in 6 of 51 narrow subjects, which is 16th in Japan and 4th of Japanese private universities. To be placed in the ranking, universities must demonstrate outstanding research results and reputation in the field.

1 The QS World University Ranking by Subject ranks the top 500 or 520 leading universities in 5 broad subject areas: Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Science, and Social Sciences & Management.
2 QS ranks the world’s top universities across 51 narrow subjects under 5 broad subject areas.

No. of Ranked Narrow Subjects



These four components are combined to produce the results for each of the subject rankings, with weightings adapted for each discipline.


Ranked broad subject areas

Arts & Humanities   Social Sciences & Management

Ranked narrow subjects

Linguistics   Modern Languages   Computer Science & Information Systems   Electrical & Electronic Engineering   Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering   Business & Management Studies

QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Ritsumeikan University ranked 251-300th in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings announced in September 2019. This ranking is designed to evaluate the employment support programs at universities and the employability of graduates. Only the top 500 universities are ranked. 
Only five private Japanese universities were eligible for ranking, with Ritsumeikan University being the only one in western Japan (Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu). In terms of rank by category, "Employer - Student Connections" was ranked the highest, coming in 38th in the world followed by "Graduate Employment Rate", which ranked 101st, demonstrating the university's world-class career support. 

QS Stars Rating System

The QS Stars Rating System is an international auditing service that evaluates universities, giving them from one to five stars in categories such as "Teaching", "Employability", "Research", "Internationalization", "Facilities", "Innovation", and "Inclusiveness", based on independent QS criteria.
The ratings provide a more accurate assessment and broader understanding of universities that cannot be measured by university rankings.
Ritsumeikan University was the first university in Japan to be evaluated using QS Stars in November 2018.

First-Ever QS star rating in Japan

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