University of Tsukuba


The University of Tsukuba was established in 1973 as the anchor institution of Tsukuba Science City, Japan’s premier science-and-technology hub. Its roots go back as far as 1872 to modern Japan’s first institute of higher education. As one of the most comprehensive research-intensive universities in Japan, the University of Tsukuba covers a wide range of academic disciplines including humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, information sciences, agriculture, medical sciences, sports sciences and the arts.

Offering about 40 degree programmes taught in English and with the highest percentage of international students of any Japanese university, the university is one of the most international in Japan. Its efforts towards globalizing education and research have borne fruit, as evidenced by it attaining the highest international outlook score out all the universities in Japan in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016−2017.

In additional to promoting collaboration across national borders, the university emphasizes interdisciplinary research that transcends the borders of academic fields and the academia−industry divide. For example, its Center for Cybernics Research has created the world’s first medical robot through integrating neuroscience, computer science, robotics and medical science, while the university hospital is combining medicine and nuclear physics to develop accelerator-based boron neutron cancer therapy, which destroys tumour cells while leaving healthy cells intact.

In terms of education, the university’s is striving to foster global leaders who can work across all borders and can help solve the complex and multifaceted issues confronting the world today. To this end, the university is transforming its discipline-based education programmes into transdisciplinary programmes. Its Campus-in-Campus Initiative promotes campus sharing with its partners, allowing students and researchers full access to global resources by promoting collaboration across national barriers.

Through such collaboration and programmes, the university is endeavoring to “imagine the future.”

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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 University of Tsukuba 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.

227 50.86 43.58

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 155 26.50 19.23
Life Sciences 39 8.96 8.96
Chemistry 38 16.09 16.09

Highlight of the month

Cultivating better crops with CRISPR

© Hinterhaus Productions/DigitalVision/Getty

© Hinterhaus Productions/DigitalVision/Getty

Fusion gene-editing could accelerate efforts to grow more crops that are not harmed by herbicides.

A team including researchers from The University of Tsukuba have used a fusion of CRISPR-Cas9, a precise genome editing tool, and cytosine deaminase, an enzyme that mutates DNA base pairs, on two common crops. Base pairs are the building blocks of the DNA double helix that carries all the genetic instructions for an organism to grow. The combined technique enables targeted editing of these base pairs, removing the risk of unwanted mutations and negating the need to insert DNA from another organism — which requires breaking and repairing the double helix.

The team used this fusion technique to introduce resistance to the herbicide imazamox in rice (Orzya sativa) and heritable mutations into two hormone-regulating genes in a tomato (Solanum lycopersicum).

This precise gene-editing method could support the global quest to grow better crops and may help reduce the risk of mutations spreading beyond the targeted species.

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  1. Nature Biotechnology 35, 441–443 (2017). doi: 10.1038/nbt.3833

View the article on the Nature Index

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 30.25% Domestic
  • 69.75% International

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

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

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