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May 14, 2010

Japanese universities slip in Asia rankings

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The QS ranking of the top universities in Asia has just been issued. The University of Tokyo has slipped from 3rd to 5th place, Kyoto University from 5th to 8th and Osaka University from 6th to 7th. Twenty of the Japanese universities in the top 100 have declined in the rankings.

The University of Hong Kong came top followed by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the National University of Singapore and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. All Hong Kong universities either stayed in the same place or improved their ranking.

The ranking of a university is based on the following criteria - academic peer review (40%), employer review (10%), faculty/student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), proportion of international faculty (5%), proportion of international students (5%). The University of Tokyo would have been top if only academic criteria had been considered.

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