Top 10 Best Engineering Schools in Japan

These Japanese universities have shown great strength in developing new research related to many engineering topics.

Many students are attracted to Japan’s education quality and standards. So for students pursuing a career in the engineering field, here are some of the universities I can recommend for you to check out.

1. University of Tokyo


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The University of Tokyo is also known as UTokyo or Todai. The university has over 26,000 students with more than 450 international exchange agreements. These agreements were made with universities from different parts of the world. It was established in 1877 and its academics include the Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, and Graduate School of Science among others. It ranked 46th in The World University Rankings.

2. Tohoku University

Tohoku University is located in the second largest city in the north of Tokyo called Sendai. It was first established in 1736 as a medical school and is now known as the third oldest Imperial University in the country. It has been recorded that as of 2015, there were over 1,500 international students from 90 different countries out of more than 17,000 students. Approximately 10,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate programs. For the master’s and the doctoral levels, there are approximately 4,000 and 2,600 respectively. Its ranks are at 201st to 205th according to The World University Rankings.

3. Kyoto University

Kyoto University has over 22,400 students and over 1,900 staff. There are approximately 8% international students and, from the total population, 24% are female and 76% are male. Kyoto University was founded on June 18, 1897, as a public or national university. It occupies approximately 333 acres of land and it is one of the most accomplished universities that is research-oriented all throughout Asia. It ranked 74th in The World University Rankings.

4. Nagoya University

Nagoya University is situated in Japan’s fourth-largest city, which the university gets its name from. The Toyota Company was founded in the city of Nagoya and its former CEO is an alumnus of the university. His name is Shoichiro Toyoda. Another alumnus is the Japanese ambassador to China named Uichiro Niwa. There are nine faculties and 13 graduate schools at the university. Aside from these, the university is also home to three research institutes and 18 research centers focused in the sciences. The ranks of the university are from 301st to 350th according to The World University Rankings.

5. Tokyo Institute of Technology

Kyoto Institute of Technology has over 9,587 students. There are approximately 13% international students and, from the total population. Kyoto Institute of Technology was established in 1949 as an engineering school. It is one of the most accomplished technology schools in Japan. It ranked 251–300th in The World University Rankings.

6. Osaka University

Osaka University has over 23,000 students and more than 2,200 staff. 10% of the entire student population is composed of students from different countries outside Japan. There is 31% female student population and 69% male student population. The university was founded in 1931 and today, it has 11 undergraduate schools plus 16 graduate schools. Included in its facilities are the Research Center for Nuclear Physics and the Cybermedia Center. Some of its notable alumni include Akira Yoshino, inventor of the lithium-ion battery, and Akio Morita, the founder of Sony. The university covers ranks 201st to 205th in The World University Rankings.

7. Kyushu University

Kyushu University has more than 18,600 students and more than 1,400 staff. 12% of the student population comes from countries outside Japan. There are approximately 29% female students and 71% male students. It is a public university located in Fukuoka and known as one of Japan’s National Seven Universities. It was founded in 1903 with the aim to provide the highest levels of education, research, and medical activities. It ranked 351st to 400th in The World University Rankings.

8. Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University has 34 faculties with the strongest research fields in chemistry, earth and ocean sciences and material sciences. Other faculties include law, medicine and economics and business administration. Hokkaido University is one of Japan’s National Seven Universities. It was founded in 1876 and was included in 2015 on Reuters as one of the world’s top 100 universities that are most innovative. It ranked 401st to 500th in The World University Rankings.

9. Tokyo Metropolitan University

Tokyo Metropolitan University has more than 9,200 students and approximately 1,000 staff. 4% of the student population is composed of international students. There are 36% female students while there are 64% male students. Out of the total student population, there are about 6,900 undergraduate students and more than 2,000 graduate students. The university is the only school that’s established by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It ranked 501st to 600th in The World University Rankings.

10. Chiba University

Chiba University has more than 14,000 students. Only 5% are international students; total student population has a female-male ratio of 37% by 63% respectively. The Chiba University was founded through a combination of several local schools in 1949. The aim of this university is, “Always Aim Higher”. It also ranked 601st to 800th in The World University Rankings.

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