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Having seen some of my friend chatting on twitter about so-called university rankings, I will try to express my opinion.
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2011-2012/top-400.html


First, I think the name of a university is less important than what many people think. Assume that you are a college student, what you study matters far more than what university you attend, especially in countries outside of Japan.

As an example, foreign based companies or theirs branches in Japan mainly consider the major of their applicants. In fact, I applied for for several departments of a company based in Europe with an almost identical CV template for each, and I was invited to an interview by the department which only related to my major.

Unlike those in foreign countries, employers in Japan do not focus on what undergraduate applicants learn at universities. In the "lifetime employment system" it is a company, not a university that trains an employee to stay with the company until the point of retirement.

Given that, what can be inferred? For example, what would the news of a Japanese high school student being admitted to enter Harvard University really mean? Although what the student will major in would be unclear just from the news reports, most people would be impressed by declaring "Wow, Harvard University, that's so great!"

On the other hand, if you are of high school age or younger and would like to eventually be employed in Japan, it is a good strategy to apply to a prestigious university in countries out side of Japan but to focus upon a department that is not so competitive to enter. It is surely not easy for a student who does not have a mastery at the junior high school level to enter a university, however it is not impossible for such a students to enter the most prestigious university in Japan.
(I do not mean irony at all, as I actually know some people who had took this strategy)

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