Tokyo, Japan (AFP)- Chinese institutions outnumbered Japanese for the first time in the annual Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, released Thursday.
While the University of Tokyo retained its crown as the region’s best, Japan “has lost ground overall, taking 19 of the top 100 positions, down from 20 last year,” the rating body said.

“By contrast, mainland China has increased its presence in the prestigious league table, taking 21 places, up from 18 last year,” it said.

The result underlines China’s rapid growth over the last few decades, including its investment in the education sector.

It also emphasises the increasingly inward-looking trend some commentators see in Japan as fewer young people go abroad to study and as China overtakes it as the destination of choice for foreign students.