Main gates, April 2015
|Gakushūjo(学習所); pre-war English translation: Peers School|
|Established||1847 in Kyoto and moved to Tokyo in 1877;
reformed in 1949 as a private university
|279 (full time only)|
|international students in total: approx. 120|
|Location||Toshima, Tokyo, Japan|
Gakushūin University (学習院大学 Gakushūin Daigaku?) is a private university in Mejiro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo. It was re-established after World War II as an affiliate of the Gakushūin School Corporation. The privatized successor to the original Gakushūin University (or "Peers School") was established during the Meiji era to educate the children of the Japanese nobility. It is still one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, counting most of the members of the present Imperial Family among its former or present students. The average number of students is capped so that each student can receive personal attention from the staff.
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Letters
- Faculty of Science
- Professional School of Law
The university provides a range of Japanese-language classes for foreign students. Although designed for Japanese students, approximately 60 classes are held in English. Each year the University admits approximately 80 foreign students (including short-term exchange students) of high academic and social standing to study in each faculty and graduate school.
|Toyo Keizai National||General||72|
|NBP Greater Tokyo||Reputation||10|
(Asian Ranking version)
|* The data of NBP is in 2009 rankings because of availability.|
|Social Sciences & Humanities|
|BE Success National||Qualification||25|
|BE Pass rate National||Qualification||27|
The university was ranked 72nd in 2010 (63rd in 2009, 78th in 2008) in the Truly Strong Universities ranking issued by Toyo Keizai. Because Gakushuin focuses on Social Sciences and Humanities education rather than on Natural Sciences, it is usually ranked lower than its peers.
Japanese national universities generally have higher standards of research than private universities. However, Gakushuin is one of the few private universities which competes with the top national universities. According to Quacquarelli Symonds, Gakushuin is the 6th-best research university in Japan and the 9th-best in Asia in terms of citations per paper.
Graduate school rankings
Gakushuin Law School was 24th in 2009 and 25th in 2010 in Japan on the basis of the number of its successful candidates for bar examination.
According to Yomiuri Weekly's 2008 rankings, alumni of Gakushuin have the 3rd best graduate prospectives among Japanese universities. Gakushuin was top in the rankings of the Finance and Tourism industries.
Popularity and selectivity
- Emperor Akihito - current 125th Emperor of Japan
- Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan - eldest son and heir of Emperor Akihito
- Fumihito, Prince Akishino - younger son of Emperor Akihito
- Kiko, Princess Akishino - wife of the Prince Akishino
- Sayako, Princess Nori - daughter of Emperor Akihito
- Masahito, Prince Hitachi - brother of Emperor Akihito
- Hanako, Princess Hitachi - wife of the Prince Hitachi
- Atsuko, Princess Yori - sister of Emperor Akihito
- Takako, Princess Suga - sister of Emperor Akihito
- Yuriko, Princess Mikasa - aunt of Emperor Akihito, wife of the Prince Mikasa
- Prince Tomohito of Mikasa - son of the Prince Mikasa
- Princess Akiko of Mikasa - daughter of Prince Tomohito
- Princess Yōko of Mikasa - daughter of Prince Tomohito
- Yoshihito, Prince Katsura - son of the Prince Mikasa
- Norihito, Prince Takamado - son of the Prince Mikasa
- Princess Noriko of Takamado - daughter of the Prince Takamado
- Princess Yasuko of Mikasa - daughter of the Prince Mikasa
- Princess Masako of Mikasa - daughter of the Prince Mikasa
- Princess Huisheng of Aisin Gioro (Qing ruling family of Imperial China)
- Hayao Miyazaki, Director
- Yoko Ono
- Yukio Mishima, novelist
- Tarō Asō, former Prime Minister of Japan
- Michihiko Kano, politician
- Shiono Nanami, Author
- Marina Inoue, voice actress
- Tetsuya Kakihara, voice actor
- Yoshinobu Shimamura, politician
- Hisaoki Kamei, politician
- Akiko Kamei, politician
- Keiko Nagaoka, politician
- Yasuko Ikenobo, politician
- Yoshiki Kuroda, urban designer
- Tokugawa Tsunenari, head of Tokugawa house
- Hiroyuki Namba, musician
- Akiko Kobayashi, singer
- Akira Yoshimura, Author
- Yoshiki Tanaka, Author
- Yoshihiko Funazaki, Author
- Yuki Kawauchi, Runner
- Kuniko Asagi, TV presenter
- Mona Yamamoto, TV announcer
- Satomi Ton, author
- Toshiyuki Hosokawa, actor
- Masakazu Motoki, businessman
- Kiyoshi Kodama, TV personality
- The number of students in 70% of the classes is 40 or under. http://www.isize.com/daigaku/%E5%AD%A6%E7%BF%92%E9%99%A2%E5%A4%A7%E5%AD%A6/sclSC000186/
- "Truly Strong Universities" (in Japanese). Toyo Keizai. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "Nikkei BP Brand rankings of Japanese universities" (in Japanese). Nikkei Business Publications. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "Nikkei BP Brand rankings of Japanese universities" (in Japanese). Nikkei Business Publications. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "GBUDU University Rankings" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
- "ENSMP World University Rankings" (PDF). École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "Bar Exam Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- "Bar Exam Pass rate rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- see Truly Strong Universities#Criticisms
- http://www.gakushuin.ac.jp/univ/adm/adm/parent/job/ranking.html Archived August 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- National and Public universities apply different kinds of exams, so it's only comparable between universities in the same category.
- e.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings http://www.yozemi.ac.jp/rank/gakubu/index.html
- Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks its entrance difficulty as A1 (2nd most selective/out of 11 scales) in Japan. 危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版 (in Japanese). YELL books. 2011.
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