Kyushu University Japan


As one of Japan’s leading institutes of higher education, Kyushu University is committed to being a research and educational hub that drives innovation through knowledge creation at its 12 undergraduate and 18 graduate schools, hospital, and world-class research centers covering the natural sciences, medicine, engineering, humanities, social sciences, arts, and design.

Home to around 19,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff, Kyushu University is making advances in medicine, sustainable energy technologies, materials, and more from its highly accessible location on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu in Fukuoka City, a coastal metropolis frequently ranked among the world’s most livable cities and historically known as a gateway to Asia.

In 2018, the university completed the relocation of major facilities to Ito Campus, the largest single campus in Japan. The new main campus has an extensive range of state-of-the-art equipment and buildings in a rich natural environment that can be easily reached from the heart of Fukuoka City by public transportation.

Kyushu University has been bolstering efforts to enhance STEAM education that integrates the humanities and sciences to produce future global leaders, as exemplified by the opening of the School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation in 2018. The school aims to cultivate a global mindset in students by having them develop their own problem-solving curriculum, engage in hands-on collaborative learning, and participate in study abroad programs.

To achieve its goal of excellence in education and research to address future challenges today, Kyushu University has enacted a comprehensive, sustainable development campaign for securing and training the next generation of researchers who will bring about innovation. Known as the Kyushu University Renaissance Project, the program enables a number of promising early-career, female, and international researchers to pursue their academic career path with peace of mind.

The university is also actively engaging in promoting and creating university-initiated startups based on academic research, such as by providing grants for researchers who have an employment relationship with Kyushu University and are interested in starting a company.

Welcoming its 110th anniversary this year, Kyushu University aims to continue strengthening efforts to fulfill its role as a research and educational hub that drives innovation through knowledge creation.

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Date range: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kyushu University published between 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share 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.

Article Count and Share for Kyushu University
Count Share
260 88.19

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
75 24.75
99 47.68
84 14.91
21 6.57

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
113.98 97.34 87.70 100.48 111.50

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Highlight of the month

Polymeric glasses have rubber-like surfaces

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Some polymeric glasses can have surface layers that are more rubber-like than glassy in behaviour, making them promising as ultra-stable glasses for TV screens and phone displays.

Many glassy materials have an ultrathin outer layer with quite different properties to the bulk of the material, being liquid and highly mobile rather than glassy in nature. In glassy materials made from polymers, this behaviour can be complicated due to polymer chains at the surface being entangled with polymer chains deeper in the material.

Now, a team that included two Kyushu University researchers has shown that this polymeric entanglement leads to transient rubbery properties at the surface of polymeric glasses.

Using a combination of theoretical and experimental studies, the team found that this property was displayed even by glasses made from short polymer chains that have less entanglement.

The discovery may have implications for devices that rely on the properties of the polymeric glass surface.

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  1. Nature 596, 372–376 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03733-7

View the article on the Nature Index

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Date range: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 51.83% Domestic
  • 48.17% International

Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators with Kyushu University by Share (202 total)

  1. Kyushu University and The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) (16.98)
    Kyushu University7.85
    The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)9.13
  2. Kyushu University and Kyoto University (15.71)
    Kyushu University8.43
    Kyoto University7.28
  3. Kyushu University and RIKEN (11.53)
    Kyushu University7.29
  4. Kyushu University and Nagoya University (11.10)
    Kyushu University5.39
    Nagoya University5.71
  5. Kyushu University and Osaka University (9.17)
    Kyushu University5.13
    Osaka University4.04
  6. Kyushu University and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) (7.32)
    Kyushu University3.18
    Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech)4.14
  7. Kyushu University and Integrated Research Consortium on Chemical Sciences (IRCCS) (6.74)
    Kyushu University1.35
    Integrated Research Consortium on Chemical Sciences (IRCCS)5.39
  8. Kyushu University and Hokkaido University (5.93)
    Kyushu University2.43
    Hokkaido University3.50
  9. Kyushu University and Tohoku University (3.84)
    Kyushu University1.93
    Tohoku University1.91
  10. Kyushu University and Kumamoto University (3.66)
    Kyushu University1.69
    Kumamoto University1.97

Top 10 international collaborators with Kyushu University by Share (675 total)

  1. Kyushu University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) (5.33)
    Kyushu University0.61
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)4.71
  2. Kyushu University and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (3.83)
    Kyushu University1.95
    French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)1.89
  3. Kyushu University and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (3.67)
    Kyushu University1.51
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)2.16
  4. Kyushu University and Harvard University (3.38)
    Kyushu University0.74
    Harvard University2.64
  5. Kyushu University and Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (2.32)
    Kyushu University0.49
    Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres1.83
  6. Kyushu University and Imperial College London (ICL) (2.27)
    Kyushu University1.63
    Imperial College London (ICL)0.64
  7. Kyushu University and The University of Queensland (UQ) (1.97)
    Kyushu University0.65
    The University of Queensland (UQ)1.32
  8. Kyushu University and National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) (1.92)
    Kyushu University0.08
    National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)1.84
  9. Kyushu University and Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) (1.86)
    Kyushu University0.45
    Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)1.40
  10. Kyushu University and University of Cambridge (1.68)
    Kyushu University0.26
    University of Cambridge1.42