By ICHIRO MATSUO/ Correspondent
LONDON–Only two Japanese universities placed in the top 200 of the world rankings announced by the British educational journal Times Higher Education.
The rankings for this year covered the top 1,000 universities in 77 countries and regions based on the influence of their research results, educational environments and other factors.
The University of Tokyo dropped to 46th place from 39th in the previous rankings, while Kyoto University moved up to 74th from 91st.
The University of Oxford in Britain ranked No. 1 followed by the University of Cambridge, also in Britain. Two U.S. schools shared third place: the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
Ninety percent of the top 30 universities were from English-speaking nations.
The National University of Singapore was the highest ranking school from Asia, at No. 22. Peking University placed 27th, while Tsinghua University, also in China, ranked 30th.
Seventy-one Japanese universities were ranked on the list of 1,000.
Phil Baty, editorial director of global rankings at the publication, said, “As leading universities in other Asian territories such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore are consistently rising up the rankings, in part thanks to high and sustained levels of funding, the University of Tokyo is falling further and further behind.”
He added, “The University of Tokyo will need to diversify its funding streams to remain a key global player in higher education.”