THE World University Rankings

Times Higher Education Rankings

Times Higher Education  Rankings are published by the British education magazine Times Higher Education  (THE ).
It is considered one of the three major rankings, and compared to other world and Asia university rankings, focuses on what are known as "research indicators" such as research volume and citation impact along with research income. In addition to THE  World University Rankings and THE Asia University Rankings, THE  partnered with Benesse Group to begin publishing THE  Japan University Rankings from 2017, and THE   University Impact Rankings, which independently rank universities' efforts toward the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from 2019.

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Ritsumeikan University is ranked 1201+ in the THE  World University Rankings and 401-500th in the THE  Asia University Rankings. The numbers of papers and citations per researcher, which are regarded highly in the rankings announced by THE, generally tend to be higher in the fields of medicine and natural sciences. Accordingly, medical institutions (or universities with a medical college) can often perform strongly in the rankings. Among the Japanese universities without a medical college, only four are ranked in the top 1000. Ritsumeikan University has been recognized for its distinct strengths in the assessment categories of "Industry Income" and "International Outlook.”

THE World University Rankings

THE Asia University Rankings


Ritsumeikan University scored high in the areas of "Industry Income" and "International Outlook".

Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO)

THE Japan University Rankings

Ritsumeikan University is ranked 31st among 273 Japanese universities in the THE Japan University Rankings published in March 2022. The University is ranked first among private universities in the Kansai region and 4th among all universities in the area. The University particularly demonstrated its strength in “Engagement,” one of the four key assessment pillars consisting of a student survey and a high-school advisors survey. The student survey picks up opinions of the current students with regard to interactions with the faculty, collaborative learning opportunities, and so on, while the high-school advisors survey collects the views of advisors regarding cultivation of global human resources and development of the students’ potential after enrolment. The results of the surveys are then quantified for assessment. In the “Engagement” pillar, Ritsumeikan University has moved up six spots from the previous year’s ranking to 13th in Japan, and is highly evaluated in education.

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THE Japan University Rankings / Methodology

THE Impact Rankings


In the THE  Impact Rankings 2022, announced in April 2022, Ritsumeikan University is ranked 201-300th overall globally and placed atop among private universities in western Japan. The annual ranking is designed to evaluate how universities demonstrate their commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their research and social contribution activities.
The 2022 THE  Impact Rankings is the fourth edition, and 1,406 universities worldwide have been scrutinized for comparison across broad areas including research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching. In addition to the overall rankings, it also publishes the rankings by SDG; Ritsumeikan University has accomplished to be in the top 100 globally for two of those goals, 35th for SDG1 (No Poverty) and 71st for SDG2 (Zero Hunger). The University will continue to proactively pursue the achievement of the SDGs and the resolution of issues prevalent in the international community.

Global Ranking University (* Private University) Score
10 Hokkaido University 96.2
=19 Kyoto University 94.9
101-200 Tohoku University, Hiroshima University, University of Tsukuba, Keio University, Kobe University 82.1-88.5
201-300 Ritsumeikan University, Okayama University, Osaka University, Nagoya University, Waseda University, Kumamoto University, Kyushu University 76.9-82.0
301-400 Shinshu University, Tokyo University of Science, Tokushima University, Mie University , Ehime University, Ibaraki University, Nagoya City University, Osaka Prefecture University, Teikyo University, Yamaguchi University, Toyama University, Yokohama National University 72.0-76.7
401-600 Ryukoku University, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tottori University, Yokohama City University, Akita University, Kagawa University, University of the Ryukyus, Sophia University, Utsunomiya University 65.0-71.9