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 1201-1500th in the THE  World University Rankings and 501-600th 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 271 Japanese universities in the THE Japan University Rankings published in March 2023. 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 ranked 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 2023, announced in June 2023, 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 THE  Impact Rankings 2023 is the fifth edition, and 1,591 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 three of those goals, 19th (ranked atop in Japan) for SDG1: No Poverty, 42nd (second in Japan) for SDG2: Zero Hunger, and 84th (fifth in Japan) for SDG13: Climate Action. 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
22 Hokkaido University 93.9
=49 Kyoto University 91.3
101-200 Tohoku University, Hiroshima University, University of Tsukuba, Keio University, Kobe University, Osaka University 82.2-88.2
201-300 Ritsumeikan University, Okayama University, Nagoya University, Waseda University, Kumamoto University, Kyushu University, Nagoya City University, Osaka Metropolitan University 76.8-82.1
301-400 Shinshu University, Tokyo University of Science, Ehime University, Ibaraki University, Kagoshima University, University of the Ryukyus, Yamaguchi University 72.7-76.7
401-600 Teikyo University, Ryukoku University, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokushima University, Mie University, Shimane University, Kanazawa University, Toyama University, Yokohama National University, Yokohama City University, Akita University, Yamagata University, Sophia University, Utsunomiya University 66.9-72.6