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 up to 701-750th in the QS World University Rankings® 2023 published in June 2022.
Among the Japanese private universities in the Ranking, Ritsumeikan University has been placed in the third for the second consecutive year. In addition, "Employer Reputation" is the most highly rated assessment indicator for the University, climbing further from the previous year to the 103rd in the world (9th in Japan), followed by “Proportion of International Faculty" at the 508th (7th in Japan), for which the University is also highly evaluated.

QS World University Rankings / Methodology

QS Asia University Rankings

Ritsumeikan University ranked 127th in the QS Asia University Rankings announced in November 2021.
Ritsumeikan University ranked 1st for private universities in western Japan (Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and 3rd 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" (42nd in Asia, 11th 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

Ritsumeikan University has been ranked for two broad subject areas and four narrow subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 published in April 2022. 1,543 universities worldwide have been scrutinized across 51 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 subjects for which Ritsumeikan University has been ranked is four, which is the 19th 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 8 356
Social Sciences & Management 14 451-500

Narrow subjects for which Ritsumeikan University has been ranked

Narrow subjects National Rank World Rank
Modern Languages 11 251-300
Computer Science & Information Systems 12 501-550
Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 12 401-450
Business & Management Studies 8 501-550

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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