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 has improved its position significantly up to 631-640th in the QS World University Rankings® published in June 2023. Among the Japanese private universities in the Ranking, Ritsumeikan University has been placed in the fourth (first among the private universities in Western Japan). In terms of ranking by evaluation indicator, the "Employer Reputation" is the most highly rated evalution indicator for the University, ranked 108th in the world (10th in Japan), followed by “Proportion of International Faculty" at 540th in the world (eighth in Japan). The University has been evaluated higher in these two indicators than in others.

QS World University Rankings / Methodology

QS Asia University Rankings

Ritsumeikan University ranked 126th in the QS Asia University Rankings published in November 2022.
The University is evaluated quite highly, placed at the top among private universities in western Japan and 3rd in those in Japan nationwide. The QS World University Rankings and the QS Asia University Rankings have different criteria and weightings. In the Asia University Rankings, Ritsumeikan University obtains higher evaluation than in the World University Ranking due to the increased weighting of "Employer Reputation" (37th in Asia, 12th in Japan) , in which the University demonstrates its strengths, as well as the additional indicator "Proportion of Outbound Exchange Students" .

QS Asia University Rankings / Methodology

QS World University Rankings by Subject

Ritsumeikan University has been ranked for two broad subject areas and four narrow subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 published in March 2023. 1,594 universities worldwide have been scrutinized across 54 narrow subjects in five broad subject areas for the ranking. Universities must demonstrate outstanding research outcomes and reputation in each subject to be placed in the ranking; therefore, earning a position in the ranking even for one subject is not easy. The number of narrow subjects for which Ritsumeikan University has been ranked is four, which is the 17th highest among universities in Japan and the fourth highest among Japanese private universities.

Narrow Subjects in the Ranking



*A variable approach to the weightings of five key assessment components for the different subjects has been adopted.


Broad subject areas for which Ritsumeikan University has been ranked

Broad subject areas National Rank World Rank
Arts & Humanities 7 390
Social Sciences & Management 13 451-500

Narrow subjects for which Ritsumeikan University has been ranked

Narrow subjects National Rank World Rank
Modern Languages 8 251-300
Computer Science & Information Systems 13 501-550
Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 16 501-520
Business & Management Studies 9 551-580

QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Ritsumeikan University ranked 201-250th in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings announced in September 2021. This ranking is designed to evaluate the employment support programs at universities and the employability of graduates. Only the top 550 universities are ranked. 
Only six 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 44th in the world followed by "Graduate Employment Rate", which ranked 96th, 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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