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APU Gains Top Marks in Times Higher Education's First Ever Japan Ranking

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 ranking for colleges and universities around the world. This year, they released their first ever Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings. For this, THE analyzed and ranked 406 universities, looking at 11 performance metrics that are designed to help students and their families when deciding who to trust with their education.

APU ranked an impressive 24th overall, earning high scores in categories such as outcomes, and taking the top position in the category of environment, which looks at proportions of international students and staff. According to THE's data (from March 2016), 46.5 percent of APU’s students are international, which is far more than any other Japanese institution. The next highest university trails APU by a long margin, at 14.9 percent.

The rankings themselves are available at THE, here:

THE also published an article announcing the rankings, with comments from APU President KORENAGA Shun, here:

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.

For more information, you can visit the QS World University Rankings Asia page here:

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.

For more details about the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2018: Asia, Australia & New Zealand, click here:

2018 University Rankings (Asahi Shimbun Publications)

Asahi Shimbun Publications has released its AERA Shingaku MOOK (Weekly Magazine Asahi University Guide Magazine Book) 2018 University Rankings, which evaluate 762 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 2,661
2 Waseda University 2,033
3 Osaka Sangyo University 1,011
4 Ritsumeikan University 949
5 Nihon University 944

International students as a percent of total undergraduate population1,2

1 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 47.4
2 Osaka University of Economics and Law 17.4
3 Meikai University 13.4
4 Josai International University 12.9
5 Osaka Sangyo University 12.4

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 A17-1000. Reproduction or republication without permission from The Asahi Shimbun Company is prohibited.)