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Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2020: APU Ranked Top Private University in Western Japan for Third Consecutive Year


Apr 21, 2020

The Japan University Rankings 2020, which began in 2017 and are published by British higher education journal The Times Higher Education (THE), were released on March 24.

Of the 278 schools surveyed, APU was the highest ranked private university in western Japan for the third year in a row and placed in the top five among the nation’s private universities. Overall, APU ranked 21st nationwide (up from 27th last year).

The ranking consists of four categories: Resources, Engagement, Outcomes, and Environment. APU ranked fourth in Japan (2019: 5th place) in Engagement, which is based on a student survey and a reputation survey with high school teachers, and second in Environment (2019: 3rd place). Meanwhile, APU’s rank in the Outcomes category, which includes an appraisal by HR departments of several companies, jumped from 77th place last year to 44th, which reveals the strong reputation our graduates have earned among their employers.

Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2020 (Links to an external site)

While most world rankings focus on research capacity, the THE Japan University Rankings are designed to measure teaching capacity by placing more emphasis on student growth and learning.

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