Founded in 1911 as one of Japan’s seven Imperial Universities, Kyushu University has established itself as a leader in education and research not just in Japan, but also throughout Asia. It has a student population of 18,659, of which about 11% are international students, and it has 2,407 full-time faculty members. Kyushu University has a remarkable research output, and was ranked 86th among world universities in terms of Nature Index’s WFC metric in 2017.
Innovative approach to tackling global problems
The university is adopting a multidisciplinary approach to addressing energy challenges. As one example, it is fusing engineering with applied maths, economics and big data to open new paths for renewable energy and the integration of renewables with the power grid.
Kyushu University has attracted global attention since establishing the largest, best-funded hydrogen-related research facility in the world. Building on that lab’s success, the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) was initiated to advance low-carbon technology, improve energy efficiency and develop CO2 mitigation schemes in collaboration with the University of Illinois and other partner universities in the US and Europe.
Establishing a platform for comprehensive energy research
To expand I2CNER’s global leadership, the Kyushu University Platform of Inter/Transdisciplinary Energy Research, or Q-PIT, was founded in October 2016. It brings together green-energy engineers with abstract mathematicians, political scientists and economists — to better assess the social impact of new technology breakthroughs. Initial projects under the Q-PIT strategy include capturing CO2 emissions from coal gasification, studying water-splitting catalysts atom by atom to learn their secrets, and validating the techno-economic impacts of switchgrass biofuels. Technology transfer to companies in the Fukuoka area is helping to kick-start a new energy technology hub — a key step in returning research results back to society.
Wide range of courses in both Japanese and English
Kyushu University’s strengths lie in its particularly active and innovative science programmes. With the aim of educating new generations of global leaders, Kyushu University offers many graduate programmes in English that allow students that have no knowledge of Japanese to obtain degrees in a wide range of subjects.
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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kyushu 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.
Outputs by subject (WFC)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||8||2.46||2.46|
Highlight of the month
Beetle bacteria could save our coconuts
Parasites that stop coconut beetles reproducing could be used in the battle against a critter that is killing coconut trees.
Bacterial parasites ensure their survival by altering their host’s reproductive abilities, often by making the females fitter. The only bacteria reported to cause ‘cytoplasmic incompatibility’ in their insect hosts, which limits the chance of offspring if infected males mate with uninfected females, were Wolbachia and Cardinium — until now.
A team led by researchers from Kyushu University have found a third, unnamed, parasite that is closely related to but genetically distinct from Wolbachia, in coconut beetles — a pest that is killing coconut trees. The team found that the parasite prevents cross-species reproduction between Pacific and Asian coconut beetles.
Previously, releasing male insects carrying Wolbachia or Cardinium among uninfected populations of spider mites and wasps reduced the number of offspring, suggesting that the newly identified parasite could be used to control coconut beetles.
- PNAS 114, 6110–6115 (2017). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618094114
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International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC
- 51.93% Domestic
- 48.07% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (137 total)
- Kyushu University, Japan
- Domestic institution
Kyoto University, Japan
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan
Nagoya University, Japan
Osaka University, Japan
Hokkaido University (Hokudai), Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan
Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), Japan
Top 10 international collaborators by WFC (456 total)
- Kyushu University, Japan
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA)
National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy
Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA)
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland
Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) - Paris 6, France
Florida State University (FSU), United States of America (USA)
Cornell University, United States of America (USA)
Max Planck Society, Germany
Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- Asian Genetic Epidemiology Network (AGEN), China
- Asian Genetic Epidemiology Network Type 2 Diabetes (AGEN-T2D) Consortium, South Korea
- Expedition 302 Scientists, Sweden
- Functional Annotation of the Mammalian Genome (FANTOM), Japan
- International Lung Cancer Consortium (ILCCO), United States of America (USA)
- Japan Kawasaki Disease Genome Consortium (JKDGC), Japan
- Multiproxy Approach for the Reconstruction of the Glacial Ocean Surface (MARGO), Germany
- Research Center for Hydrogen Industrial Use and Storage (HYDROGENIUS), Japan
- The AMD Gene Consortium, Germany
- The ATLAS Collaboration, Switzerland
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