07. 04, 2014

Representatives of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the publisher of QS World University Rankings visited Ritsumeikan

On Tuesday June 24th, Mr. Ben Sowter, Managing Director of QS Intelligent Unit from the headquarter in London and Ms. Mandy Mok, CEO of QS Asia, Middle East and Africa from Singapore visited Ritsumeikan University to meet with Vice Chancellor Dr. Hirofumi Ogi.

In the meeting, Mr. Ben and Ms. Mandy explained about conferences and summits QS holds for each region across the world and how we could utilize the QS initiatives to promote our university. In response to our question regarding the weakness of Japanese universities, they suggested that we should focus more on the ‘citations per faculty’ criterion, and to promote cutting-edge research activities to attract the attention in the global scene as well as to transmit the strengths of the university proactively.

Ritsumeikan University was ranked 161-170 in QS Asia Ranking released in May 2014 (ranked 39th within Japan), which went up slightly compared to the rank 181-190 of the previous year. In the medium term, however, Ritsumeikan is losing its competitiveness relatively in the ranking by allowing other universities from other parts of the world to narrow the gap and go ahead of our institution.

World University Ranking is not only considered as an important factor of evaluation in applying for national projects funded by government ministries such as MEXT*, but also recognized as a criterion in selecting partner universities of different countries for collaboration or agreement. This visit became an opportunity for Ritsumeikan to re-acknowledge the necessity of making comprehensive efforts to improve our ranking.

* Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Dr. Ogi in the middle, Ms. Mandy Mok and Mr. Ben Sowter on the right.