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.

THE World University RankingsTHE Asia University Rankings

Ritsumeikan University ranked 1001+ in THE World University Rankings and 351 - 400th in THE Asia University Rankings. Since THE rankings emphasize the research volume and number of citations per researcher, there is a strong tendency towards hard science institutions, especially medical schools (or universities with a medical college), to achieve ranking. Of the Japanese universities that do not have a medical college, only five universities ranked in the top 1,000. Regardless of the stiff competition, Ritsumeikan University has received high evaluation scores in the areas of "Industry Income" and "International Outlook” and is working to defend and increase its ranking as a private university.

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 was ranked 33rd in THE Japan University Rankings, as announced in March 2020. Among the indicators below, we demonstrated strength in the areas of “Engagement” and “Outcome,” and ranked first for private universities in the Kansai area and 10th in western Japan (Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu). THE Japan University Rankings are characterized by significantly different evaluation areas from THE World / Asia University Rankings. In addition, the evaluation includes a student survey, so the rankings also reflect the opinions of students.

THE Japan University Ranking

THE Japan University Rankings are calculated based on four broad “ pillars” (Resources,Engagement, Outcomes and Environment) covering performance indicators.
“Engagement” measures opinions of the university from two sources the Japan Student Survey and the High School Advisors Survey.
The Japan Student Survey includes topics such as interactions with Teachers/Students and Student Engagement.
The High School Advisors Survey asks advisors about global standards and developing students’ abilities.
“Outcomes” concerns the overall academic and employer reputation of the university in Japan.
This result confirms the excellence of both education and research at Ritsumeikan University.

THE Japan University Rankings / Methodology

THE Impact Rankings


Ritsumeikan University has placed in 101-200th globally in the latest THE Impact Rankings released in April 2020. We have been also named as Japan’s No. 1 university for No Poverty (SDG1), and for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16).

THE Impact Rankings 2020 scored over 760 higher education institutions in each of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The rankings, now in their second year, assess how university’s research and educational contribution are delivering against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a better future society.

Global Ranking University (* Private University) Score
76 Hokkaido University 85.3
=77 The University of Tokyo 85.1
97 Tohoku University 83.7
101-200 Hiroshima University, Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University, University of Tsukuba, Waseda University 75.4-83.3
201-300 Nagoya University, Nagoya City University, Okayama University, Shinshu University, Yamaguchi University 68.2-75.3
301-400 Chiba University, Kanazawa University, Keio University, Tokai University, Tokyo University of Science, Yokohama National University 61.5-68.0
401-600 Chuo University, Kagawa University, The University of Kitakyushu, Kwansei Gakuin University, Mie University, Niigata University, Osaka University, Osaka City University, University of the Ryukyus, Seikei University, Shimane University, Soka University, Sophia University, Tokushima University, Tokyo City University, Tottori University, Toyo University, Utsunomiya University, Yokohama City University 46.7-61.4