University of Tsukuba


The University of Tsukuba is located in the suburbs of Tokyo and is at the heart of Tsukuba Science City —Japan’s largest “science city,” which has 29 national research institutes and more than 200 private research organizations. The University operates on the principle that it is open to all.

The University of Tsukuba aims to cross the borders that separate a variety of organizations, such as those between nations, research institutions, and fields of study. The University’s network is expanding globally. In particular, the University has entered into eight campus-in-campus arrangements with universities in six countries and regions, thereby promoting close cooperative relationships between education and research. At present, the University hosts approximately 2,500 study abroad students from more than 110 countries and regions of origin.

Collaboration is essential in order to achieve high-quality outcomes with limited resources. As an example, the University is actively engaged in an exchange of talent and joint research that goes beyond the conventional university framework at nationwide joint-use institutes that encompass the four fields of computational science, marine science, plant science, and plasma research.

The joint research being conducted with the research facilities within Tsukuba Science City is expanding into drug development, robotics engineering, space medicine, plant breeding, astrophysics, and sleep science, as well as a wide variety of interdisciplinary areas, leading to a greater number of superior research outcomes than can be achieved on a university scale alone.

The University is also proactively engaging in the support of venture corporations. Thus far, a total of 141 companies have originated from the University of Tsukuba, including Cyberdyne, Inc.

A frontrunner in university reform in Japan, the University is creating a flexible education and research structure as well as a university system to meet the needs of the next generation. It aspires to be a comprehensive university, continuously meeting new challenges and developing new areas. The foremost mission of a university is to provide an environment that allows future leaders to realize their full potential. The University of Tsukuba gives students the opportunity develop their individuality and skills through an education that is backed by cutting-edge research.

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1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Tsukuba published between 1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

228 55.74

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 12 2.48
Life Sciences 61 16.77
Physical Sciences 119 17.39
Chemistry 56 23.16

Highlight of the month

Why exercise and antioxidants are good for the brain

© Owen Franken/Getty

© Owen Franken/Getty

Mild exercise and antioxidants both work through an appetite hormone to improve brain health, according to a study in mice.

A University of Tsukuba–led team showed that low-intensity exercise on a treadmill combined with an antioxidant-supplemented diet enhanced spatial memory and neuron formation in healthy mice. But these effects were not observed in obese mice having mutations in the gene responsible for the production of leptin, a hormone involved in feelings of satiety.

The interventions, separately and together, boosted expression of leptin in the brain’s hippocampus to bring about the benefits on brain function.

Direct infusions of leptin into the brain’s main cavities had the same effect, highlighting the potential for both pharmacological and lifestyle strategies to modulate leptin activity and prevent cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

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  1. PNAS 116, 10988–10993 (2019). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1815197116

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Rapid stimulation of human dentate gyrus function with acute mild exercise.

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Exaggeration and cooption of innate immunity for social defense

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1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 40.88% Domestic
  • 59.12% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (133 total)

  • University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (15.15)
  2. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (14.38)
  3. Kyoto University, Japan (8.49)
  4. Tohoku University, Japan (6.44)
  5. RIKEN, Japan (6.37)
  6. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (6.37)
  7. Osaka University, Japan (5.34)
  8. Kyushu University, Japan (4.12)
  9. Keio University, Japan (3.82)
  10. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (3.48)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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