Gakushuin University

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Gakushuin University
Former names
Gakushūjo (学習所); pre-war English translation: Peers School
Established1847 in Kyoto and moved to Tokyo in 1877;
reformed in 1949 as a private university
PresidentIchiro Arakawa
Administrative staff
279 (full time only)[1]
Studentsapprox. 8,600
Undergraduatesapprox. 8,000
Postgraduatesunder 600
Other students
international students: about 120
Location, ,

Gakushūin University (学習院大学, Gakushūin Daigaku) is a private university in Mejiro, Toshima, Tokyo. It was re-established after World War II as tertiary component of the Gakushūin School Corporation as privatized successor to the original Gakushūin University (or "Peers School") was established during the Meiji period 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.[2] The average number of students is capped so that each student can receive personal attention from the staff.[3]


Main gates, April 2015
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of International Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Science
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Political Science
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Humanities
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology
  • Law School

The university provides a range of Japanese-language classes for foreign students. Although designed for Japanese students, approximately 60 classes are held in English, mainly in the Faculty of International Social Sciences. 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.[citation needed]

Academic rankings[edit]

University rankings
WE [ja] National[4] Employment 14
NBP Greater Tokyo[5][6] Reputation 10
Shimano National[7] Selectivity A1
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version)[8]
General 161
ENSMP World[9] Alumni 92
* The data of NBP is in 2009 rankings because of availability.
Program rankings
Social Sciences & Humanities

General rankings[edit]

The university was ranked 72nd in 2010 (63rd in 2009, 78th in 2008) in the Truly Strong Universities ranking issued by Toyo Keizai.[16] Because Gakushuin focuses on Social Sciences and Humanities education rather than on Natural Sciences, it is usually ranked lower than its peers.[17]

QS World University Rankings ranked Gakushuin University as 161st in Asia in 2010.[8]

Research performance[edit]

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.[18]

Gakushuin is the highest-ranked Japanese university in the Nature Index measurement of research output quality.[19]

Graduate school rankings[edit]

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.[20]

Alumni rankings[edit]

According to Yomiuri Weekly's 2008 rankings, alumni of Gakushuin have the 3rd best graduate prospectives among Japanese universities.[21] Gakushuin was top in the rankings of the Finance and Tourism industries.[21]

École des Mines de Paris ranked Gakushuin University as 92nd in the world in 2010 in terms of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.[22][9]

Popularity and selectivity[edit]

Gakushuin had 7.58 applicants per place (13,765/1,815) in the 2011 undergraduate admissions.[23] Its entrance exams are also selective.[24][25][26]

Notable alumni[edit]

Imperial House of Japan[edit]

House of Yi


Arts and entertainment[edit]



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  17. ^ see Truly Strong Universities#Criticisms
  18. ^ "2019 Top Global Universities for Neuroscience and Behavior | Rankings of Best Universities for Neuroscience and Behavior in the World by US News P2/4- Education Rankings".
  19. ^ Hornyak, Tim (2018). "Noble halls of discovery". Nature. 555 (7697): S73. Bibcode:2018Natur.555T....H. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-02903-4. ISSN 0028-0836. Gakushuin ranks first among all Japanese universities in the Nature Index for its high-quality research output relative to its total number of natural science articles in the Scopus database. To achieve this, between 2012 and 2017, the university accrued a weighted fractional count of 42 for its authorship of papers in the index, out of 452 natural science papers tracked by Scopus.
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  24. ^ National and Public universities apply different kinds of exams, so it's only comparable between universities in the same category.
  25. ^ e.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-22. Retrieved 2016-07-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^ 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. ASIN 4753930181.
  27. ^ "学生生活🎓 | 欅坂46 菅井 友香 公式ブログ" [A Student's Life]. 欅坂46公式サイト. Retrieved 2018-11-02.

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