Japanese universities are ranked highly in the QS World University Ranking 2011/2012, with The University of Tokyo rated top in Asia and 25th in the world, ahead of Kyoto University (32nd), and Osaka University (45th).

A total of six Japanese institutions ranked in the world's top 100 in 2011, with three in the top 50 list.   Hokkaido University is the Japanese university that has achieved the biggest increase in the top 200 list, moving up 36 places to 139th internationally in the QS Ranking 2011/ 2012.

Ranking Analysis for Japanese universities:
- The University of Tokyo dropped a place from 24th in 2010 to 25th in 2011.
- Kyoto University dropped from 25th to 32nd.
- Osaka University up four places from 49th to 45th.
- Tokyo Institute of Technology up three places to 57th.
- Nagoya University has achieved a big increase from 91st to 80th.
- Tohoku University made a big jump of 32 places from 102nd to 70th.
- Kyushu University up 31 places from 153rd to 122nd globally.
- University of Tsukuba dropped 14 places from 172nd to 186th.
- Hokkaido University up 36 places from 175th to 139th.
- Waseda University dropped three places from 182nd to 185th in 2011.
- Keio University made it to top 200 from 206th last year to 188th in 2011.

* Suggested Reading:

Asian University Rankings 2011

Top MBA Universities in Japan

Top Business Schools in Japan

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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