People dream of studying at Harvard, Oxford, Stanford and MIT, others dream studying, doing an internship or postgraduate at some Japanese college. Japan appears 5 times in the ranking of the 100 best Universities in the world, in addition to offering a wonderful culture and life to its citizens. In this article, we will know the 10 best Universities in Japan.
University in Japanese is known as 大学 (Daigaku).
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1. University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo is among the best in Asia, it is also known by the name of Todai. This university has a long history, having its origins in the Edo period around 1684. The current enrollment is 30,000 students per year and about 6.5% (2,000) are foreigners.
2. Kyoto University
The second oldest university in Japan known for promoting a “spirit of freedom”. 6 students from this university managed to win the Nobel Prize. Kyoto is an ancient city with thousands of temples and shrines. In addition to studying at Japan's second largest university, students can enjoy the city's culture and traditionalism.
Osaka University is also known as Handai (Hanshin Daigaku). The University of Osaka has a long history with Kaitokudo which is focused on language teaching mainly the Dutch language. Founded in 1868, it is particularly strong for students of law, science, technology and medicine.
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Keio is the oldest university in Japan (1858). It is located in Minato, Tokyo, a closed university that has a strong connection with Japanese politics and elite. 2,4% of the Global Fortune 500 CEOs are Keio alumni. Keio is among the best universities in Japan despite being ranked 320th in the world.
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo Institute of Technology is ranked 37th in the World University Rankings in the field of Engineering and Technology. It is often referred to as Tokyo Tech or TiTech.
A small, prestigious public university located in downtown Sapporo, it was founded in 1876 by American professor William S. Clark. Hokkaido is one of the most selective universities in Japan. Its entry difficulty is considered to be one of the highest in Japan.
Tohoku University is located in Sendai, Miyagi, founded in 1907 and is often ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. Its three basic principles are: research first, an open and practical policy of research and education.
8. Nagoya University
Nagoya University's core values are to courageously promote the intelligentsia by providing an education that respects independent thinking. Four of its students are Nobel Prize winners. Nagoya University maintains a healthy international environment. Currently around 13% of the graduating students are foreign students.
The University of Tsukuba is one of the oldest universities in Japan (1872). Its strong academic traditions helped 3 students win the Nobel Prize. Tsukuba Campus is the largest in Japan at 258 hectares (636 acres).
10. Kobe University
Also known as Shindai, Kobe University is located in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. It is a relatively new university, founded in 1949 and despite not being a public university, the University of Kobe has a lot of prestige and is among the best universities in the national ranking.
Other Universities in Japan
Of course, there are many more Universities in Japan, as it is a country where most students graduate, you can see other universities in our list of Universities in Japan by clicking here.