Keio University


Established in 1858 by prominent educator and intellectual Yukichi Fukuzawa, Keio University is Japan’s oldest private institution of higher learning. A comprehensive research university, Keio values the pursuit of knowledge through jitsugaku, or empirical science — a concept developed by Fukuzawa that emphasizes applying reason, observation and verification in the search for practical solutions to society’s needs.

Following in his footsteps, Keio University is pioneering the globalization of education in Japan and the establishment of a preeminent center of research and innovation in the world. It has launched a university-wide initiative to spearhead research in the areas of longevity, security and creativity, which will enable people to live better, longer and safer lives.

A global player, Keio University ranked 9th in the Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index: Global Executives 2013 and 36th in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016. It scored among the top 60 universities globally, and the top 10 in Asia, in the 2015 Reuters innovation metric. And Keio University came out on top in a 2015 survey of Japanese university brands by Nikkei BP Consulting.

Every year, Keio University School of Medicine awards the Keio Medical Science Prize, a prestigious award conferred to outstanding researchers in the medical and life sciences. Seven winners of the Keio Medical Science Prize have gone on to become Nobel laureates.

Keio University has more than 33,000 students representing 70 countries and 2,250 full-time faculty. Spread across 6 campuses in the Tokyo region are 10 undergraduate schools and 14 graduate schools.

Keio offers 14 degree programs in English and 26 double-degree programs with international partner institutes. Its wider global network of collaborators includes 300 overseas institutions in 49 countries. Its alumni body is 350,000 strong, connected via 800 domestic and 70 overseas voluntary organizations called Mita-kai. Notable alumni include three prime ministers, two astronauts, and many Olympians and Paralympians.

To find out more about the latest research being conducted at Keio University, visit the Keio Research Highlights page. It describes important scientific findings made by researchers at Keio University.

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1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Keio University published between 1 April 2016 - 31 March 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.

124 55.17 52.39

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 33 20.41 20.41
Life Sciences 54 16.53 16.53
Physical Sciences 39 20.20 17.42

Highlight of the month: Keio University

Monkeys regain finger flexibility after spinal injury

© RAZVAN CIUCA/Moment/Getty

© RAZVAN CIUCA/Moment/Getty

Monkeys with spinal cord injuries regain flex in their fingers thanks to a collection of nerve cells, or ‘neurons’, that bypass the damaged section.

Spinal injuries can disrupt the vital neuron pathway the brain uses to tell muscles to move, resulting in paralysis. However, some monkeys with spinal injuries have recovered hand movements within a few months of the injury, suggesting that a different set of nerves that connect several spinal cord segments, the propriospinal neurons (PNs), had created a new pathway.

To test this theory, a team including researchers from Keio University injected a virus into monkeys with spinal injuries to selectively block PN transmission. They tested the animals’ ability to pick up sweet potato chunks with their thumb and forefinger before and after spinal injury and found that inhibiting PN prevented full recovery of precision grip.

Identifying and enhancing the neuron pathways that aid recovery could provide treatment options for spinal injuries.

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  1. PNAS 114, 604-609 (2017). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1610787114

View the article on the Nature Index

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 67.9% Domestic
  • 32.1% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (113 total)

  • Keio University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (13.65)
  2. Hokkaido University (Hokudai), Japan (4.25)
  3. Kyoto University, Japan (4.03)
  4. RIKEN, Japan (3.89)
  5. Osaka University, Japan (3.34)
  6. Kyushu University, Japan (3.29)
  7. Waseda University, Japan (2.54)
  8. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (2.16)
  9. Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., Japan (1.90)
  10. The Kitasato Institute, Japan (1.87)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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