Osaka University


From humble beginnings in Japan’s burgeoning medical heartland, Osaka University has risen to become one of Japan’s top three universities. As early as the 1600s, Osaka served as a national hub for medicinal ingredients, and from it sprang a vibrant pharmaceutical industry centred on the district of Doshomachi. It was near this area that, in 1838, the school which would later emerge as Osaka University was founded.

Today, Osaka University is spread over three campuses. It houses 11 faculties for undergraduate programs, 16 graduate schools, 21 research institutes and 2 university hospitals. Its research is internationally recognized, and is ranked in the world’s top 100 in eight key disciplines — immunology, chemistry, materials science, physics, biology and biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, microbiology, and multidisciplinary studies. As well as continuing to strengthen the University’s international competitiveness in these areas, Osaka University is actively promoting new interdisciplinary fields such as innovative research for drug development, cognitive neuroscience robotics, photon science and technology, and even global history.

Osaka University’s World Tekijuku initiative seeks to foster harmonious diversity through scholarship. The initiative aims to promote mutual understanding and respect through the universal language of scholarship in a manner that makes it possible to harness the many benefits of global diversity. First among the raft of programmes supporting the World Tekijuku initiative is the International Joint Research Promotion Program, which facilitates the establishment of international cooperative laboratories with pioneering researchers from around the world. With 22 joint laboratories established in just two years of launching the initiative, the International Joint Research Promotion Program is already significantly impacting the university’s global recognition. The goal is to launch 100 joint laboratories by 2023. Supporting this flagship programme is the university’s renewed focus on increasing the number of international students on campus as well as helping more local students to complete major portions of their studies in other countries. A major goal of Osaka University is to double the number of inbound and outbound students over the next decade.

Taking aim at the long-term challenge of becoming one of the world’s top ten universities by its centenary in 2031, Osaka University’s World Tekijuku initiative is set to propel Osaka University into the global era as one of the many pillars of the international research community.

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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 Osaka University 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.

495 180.05 173.69

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 130 49.02 49.02
Physical Sciences 234 54.87 48.52
Chemistry 151 82.98 82.98
Earth & Environmental Sciences 6 1.15 1.15

1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 50.56% Domestic
  • 49.44% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (192 total)

  • Osaka University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. RIKEN, Japan (32.94)
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (31.84)
  3. Kyoto University, Japan (29.54)
  4. Tohoku University, Japan (10.10)
  5. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (8.46)
  6. Kyushu University, Japan (8.20)
  7. Nagoya University, Japan (6.84)
  8. Hokkaido University (Hokudai), Japan (5.65)
  9. Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), Japan (5.48)
  10. Keio University, Japan (5.25)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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