Kanazawa University (KU)


Established nearly seven decades ago but with roots stretching back over a century and a half, Kanazawa University has a proud tradition of contributing to the development of Japan and the world. Only two and a half hours by bullet train from Tokyo, the university has become the leading university on the Sea of Japan coast, with more than 10,000 students enrolled in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Embracing globalization

Kanazawa University is strongly committed to implementing global standards for education, training and research. Realizing the importance of establishing networks and collaboration in these areas, the university has recently developed new goals to help it to address the challenges of the future. In particular, it will further its contribution to society by promoting international and interdisciplinary education and research through establishing the Kanazawa University Model for Globalization, which will consolidate Kanazawa University’s place at the centre of higher education and research in East Asia.

Strengthening priority research

Kanazawa University is cultivating the full spectrum of research — from fundamental investigations to technology-related studies. In particular, Kanazawa University’s five priority research areas are nanoscience research using innovative atomic force microscopy techniques; nutrition-related diseases; cancer progression; cultural-resource studies; and innovative material sciences based on supermolecules.

Promoting interdisciplinarity

Kanazawa University is adopting a collaborative and network-based approach to foster outstanding researchers who work internationally and across disciplines to engage in new challenges that require breaking conventional molds. To this end, the university established the Institute for Frontier Science Initiative (InFiniti) in 2015 to further promote interdisciplinary research and foster global scientists. The 16 research units in the initiative are primarily led by young principal investigators in conjunction with unit leaders.

Encouraging brain circulation

With its goal of being “a research university dedicated to education, while opening its doors to local and global society,” Kanazawa University seeks to be a hub for top-class education and research in East Asia. It aims to provide a world-class international research environment that attracts excellent young researchers who are inspired to tackle new challenges.

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1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

61 24.50 24.50

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 29 7.37 7.37
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.63 0.63
Chemistry 18 10.64 10.64
Physical Sciences 15 6.41 6.41

Highlight of the month: Kanazawa University (KU)

How yeast cells begin self-destruction

© Bill McVety Photography/Moment Open/Getty

© Bill McVety Photography/Moment Open/Getty

A Japanese team has shown that two key protein regions are needed to initiate controlled cell death – or autophagy – in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, more commonly known as baker’s yeast. Plants and animals also depend on autophagy to stay healthy and adapt to new environments, so the findings could have broad implications.

The team, including researchers at Kanazawa University, studied a group of proteins that must assemble to start autophagy when yeast cells are starved of nutrients. One of these proteins, Atg13, has a region without a fixed three-dimensional structure that contains two smaller regions that bind to Atg17 proteins. They found that without these regions, the protein complexes do not assemble properly and autophagy cannot start.

Autophagy occurs in very similar ways in a wide range of species. Determining how this process takes place could help understand how some autophagy defects cause disease in humans.

  1. Developmental Cell 38,86–99 (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2016.06.015

View the article on the Nature Index

1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 59.24% Domestic
  • 40.76% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (83 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (3.68)
  2. Tohoku University, Japan (3.08)
  3. Kyoto University, Japan (2.92)
  4. Kyushu University, Japan (2.49)
  5. Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan (2.03)
  6. RIKEN, Japan (1.65)
  7. Hokkaido University (Hokudai), Japan (1.46)
  8. Osaka University, Japan (1.35)
  9. Hiroshima University (HU), Japan (1.26)
  10. Showa University, Japan (1.20)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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