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Times Higher Education Ranks APU as one of the Top 5 Private Universities in Japan

Times Higher Education, or THE, is one of the leading providers of higher education data for the world's higher education institutions. Every year they release global and regional rankings for colleges and universities around the world. For their second annual Japan University Rankings, THE looked at the four categories of Resources, Engagement, Outcomes, and Environment. These indicators are designed to help students and their families when deciding who to trust with their education.

APU ranked 5th among private universities, earning high scores in categories such as Engagement. Among all Japanese universities, APU placed 21st. APU also placed at the top of private institutions in the Environment category. This metric looks at the proportion of international students and staff, number of students in international exchange programs, and classes taught in languages besides Japanese. According to THE's data, 53.4 percent of APU’s students are international, which is substantially more than any other Japanese institution. The next highest university trails APU at 38.9 percent.

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APU Receives Full Internationalization Marks in QS World University Rankings Asia

In October, the UK-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) published its yearly ranking of universities in the Asia region.

The Asia edition of the QS World University Rankings listed more than 400 universities. In the categories of International Faculty (percentage of faculty from outside the country) and International Students (ratio of international to domestic students), APU received a full 100 points out of 100 possible.

APU was one of only eight institutions in the region to receive a perfect score in these two categories. The others include: Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), The University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Macau University of Science and Technology, University of Macau, and Al-Madinah International University (Malaysia).

QS University Rankings evaluates universities based on academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per paper, papers per faculty, staff with a PhD, proportion of international faculty, proportion of international students, proportion of inbound exchange students, and proportion of outbound exchange students.

This year, APU was the only Japanese university to receive a perfect score in the International Faculty and International Students categories in the Asia rankings. According to QS, APU ranks within the top 2.5% of universities in Asia overall.

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Graduate School of Management Named in QS Asia Top 30 MBA Ranking

In November, UK-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released its annual Global MBA Rankings for 2018. APU appears in the top 30 of the list of MBA programs in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Only three other Japanese universities placed in the top 30: Waseda Business School, Doshisha Business School, and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business.

Taught entirely in English, APU’s Master of Business Administration program prepares students for a rapidly globalizing business world, focusing on Japanese style management in a global context. MBA students at APU come from diverse backgrounds, contributing to the university’s multicultural environment.

In 2016, the Graduate School of Management received accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), joining a global body of high quality institutions that adhere to a strict international standard of business education. Students in the Graduate School of Management (and undergraduate students in the College of International Management) also have the opportunity to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the honors society for top students at AACSB-accredited schools.

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MBA Program Enters Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking’s Top 20

Paris-based Eduniversal placed the Graduate School of Management’s MBA in the top 20 of International Management programs in the region of Far East Asia for 2018.

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2019 University Rankings (Asahi Shimbun Publications)

Asahi Shimbun Publications has released its AERA Shingaku MOOK (Weekly Magazine Asahi University Guide Magazine Book) 2019 University Rankings, which evaluate 770 of Japan's universities from a variety of different perspectives. Below are the main categories in which APU was highly evaluated.

Total number of undergraduate international students1

  University Students
1 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 2,669
2 Waseda University 2,115
3 Ritsumeikan University 1,141
4 Nihon University 971
5 Osaka Sangyo University 906

International students as a percent of total undergraduate population1,2

1 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 48.0
2 Osaka University of Economics and Law 17.7
3 Tokyo University of Social Welfare 16.2
4 Josai International University 15.0
5 Meikai University 13.6

International faculty members as a percentage of total faculty population

(Among universities with 3,000 students or more)

1 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 50.0
2 Kanda University of International Studies 49.3
3 Kansai Gaidai University 37.7
4 Nagoya University of Foreign Studies 29.5
5 Tokyo International University 27.9

1. Regular full-time international students.
Does not include auditing students, research students, or exchange students.
2. For universities of 2,500 students or more.

(Published with the permission of The Asahi Shimbun Company A18-2357. Reproduction or republication without permission from The Asahi Shimbun Company is prohibited.)