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 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

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

112 54.75 50.53

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 29 19.96 19.96
Life Sciences 44 12.05 12.05
Physical Sciences 42 24.24 20.02

Highlight of the month

Proteins turn the tide for dried out water bears

© STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Science Photo Library/Getty

© STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Science Photo Library/Getty

Tardigrades can survive total dehydration by replacing lost water with proteins.

The apparently indestructible tardigrade, or ‘water bear’, can famously survive extreme conditions, such as freezing, dehydration, and even the vacuum of space, but the genetic origins of its endurance was unknown.

A team including researchers from Keio University studied the full genome of two tardigrade species, Hypsibius dujardini and Ramazzottius varieornatus, that can survive being completely dried out. They find that both species replace the water in cells with proteins which prevent the cells from collapsing. However, while R. varieornatus responds immediately to desiccation, H. dujardini only survives gradual drying, suggesting it must first activate the genes that produce the protective proteins.

These proteins that protect dried cells in tardigrades could be used to preserve cells in products, such as vaccines, that need a long shelf-life.

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  1. PLoS Biology 15, e2002266 (2017). doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2002266

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 66.56% Domestic
  • 33.44% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (83 total)

  • Keio University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (10.35)
  2. Osaka University, Japan (6.17)
  3. Kyoto University, Japan (5.55)
  4. RIKEN, Japan (4.86)
  5. Hokkaido University (Hokudai), Japan (4.48)
  6. Tohoku University, Japan (2.97)
  7. National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan (2.62)
  8. Kyushu University, Japan (2.61)
  9. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (1.98)
  10. The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan (1.67)

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

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