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Awards and Rankings

APU makes QS World University Rankings for the first time

For the first time in the school’s history, APU ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2023, which was released June 9, 2022, as the 5th top private university in Japan.

This ranking is based on 6 indicators which include academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty student ratio, international student ratio, and international faculty ratio. This year, the ranking highly evaluated APU for its internationality in particular. It ranks 83rd among world universities with regard to ratio of international faculty members and 25th in the ratio of international students. For both these indicators, it ranks #1 in Japan.

We will continue to push forward while providing world-class education.

QS World University Rankings 2023: Top global universities (external link)

Top 5 Private Japanese Universities to rank in QS World University Rankings 2023

Rank in Japan QS 2023 Rank University Name
1 197 Keio University
2 205 Waseda University
3 701-750 Ritsumeikan University
4 801-1000 International Christian University
5 801-1000 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

The World University Rankings published by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), an organization specializing in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world, are considered to be among the most reliable. Of the 1418 institutions selected this year, 50 were Japanese universities.

APU wins four stars from international external evaluation system QS Stars

In March 2021, APU received four stars in the comprehensive evaluation by the QS Stars Rating System conducted by Quacquarielli Symonds (QS), a global higher education evaluation organization in the United Kingdom.

The QS Stars Rating System is an international external evaluation system that assesses eight indexes, including “teaching,” “employability,” “internationalization,” “academic development,” “facilities,” and “program strength,” and grants one to five stars in each area.

APU excelled in the four areas of "employability," "internationalization," "inclusiveness," and "facilities," winning 5 stars in each.

In terms of "employability," APU was particularly praised for its graduates’ high reputation among companies, as well as its substantial career support for students. In the field of internationalization, in addition to the extremely high percentage of international students studying at APU, the school’s active acceptance and dispatch of short-term and medium-term study abroad students were highly appreciated.

We will continue our efforts to improve the quality of APU's education and research by actively receiving third-party evaluations.

QS Stars University Ratings (Links to an external site)

2023 Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2023

On Wednesday, March 23, the Times Higher Education (THE), a British journal specializing in higher education released the Japan University Rankings 2023.

Of the 271 schools evaluated, APU moved up one rank from last year to 4th among private universities in nationwide and ranked 1st among private universities in western Japan for the 6th consecutive year. The overall ranking was 22nd among universities nationwide as opposed to last year’s position at 24th.

Of the 4 pillars of Resources, Outcomes, Engagement, and Environment, APU took the top spot in Environment for the 2nd consecutive year. This pillar "looks at the make-up of the student and faculty body at each campus, helping students to determine whether they will find themselves in a diverse, supportive, and inclusive university environment." Additionally, in the category of Engagement, which considers the degree of satisfaction of current students as well as reputation among high school teachers, APU was ranked 3rd in the country for the 3rd consecutive year.

*Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2023 (links to external site)

Broken into the 4 pillars of Resources, Outcomes, Engagement, and Environment, the THE Japan University Rankings’ purpose is to measure universities’ educational capabilities by focusing on student growth and learning.

2023 University Rankings (Asahi Shimbun Publications)

Asahi Shimbun Publications has released its AERA Shingaku MOOK (Weekly Magazine Asahi University Guide Magazine Book) 2023 University Rankings, which evaluate 793 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 Japan University of Economics 2,952
2 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 2,422
3 Waseda University 2,049
4 Ritsumeikan University 1,602
5 Tokyo University of Social Welfare 1,530

International faculty members as a percentage of total faculty population

(Among universities with 3,000 students or more)

1 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 48.1
2 Kanda University of International Studies 43.4
3 Tokyo International University 34.2
4 Kansai Gaidai University 33.9
5 Kyoto University of Foreign Studies 29.9

1. Regular full-time international students.
Does not include auditing students, research students, or exchange students.

(Published with the permission of The Asahi Shimbun Company 22-3423. Reproduction or republication without permission from The Asahi Shimbun Company is prohibited.)

International Co-authorship Publication Rate

The international co-authorship rate here is expressed as a percentage of total publications for the university in question.

Universities by percent of publications authored internationally

University Internationally
1 Akita International University 50.5% 109
2 University of Aizu 49.2% 1334
3 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 46.7% 285
4 Seinan Gakuin University 39.7% 58
5 Rikkyo University 39.5% 1169

Source: Nikkei Trendy September 2019, International Co-authorship Paper Rate (according to Elsevier Japan). International paper co-authorship rate vs. total number of papers from 2014 to 2018.