Kyushu University


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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1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kyushu University published between 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021 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.

Count Share
294 95.56

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 99 18.96
Chemistry 105 48.62
Life Sciences 84 25.56
3 1.24
2 0.01
1 0.10
1 0.08
6 3.11
3 2.71
3 0.47
1 0.22
3 0.94
1 0.77
22 5
3 0.54
1 0.09
1 0.03
1 0.70
1 0.71
1 0.23
3 1.58
The DNMT3A PWWP domain is essential for the normal DNA methylation landscape in mouse somatic cells and oocytes
Impaired tumor immune response in metastatic tumors is a selective pressure for neutral evolution in CRC cases
Lotus japonicus karrikin receptors display divergent ligand-binding specificities and organ-dependent redundancy.
7 1.36
1 0.11
1 0.13
4 0.98
1 0.01
4 1.70
2 0.50
7 2.23
Earth & Environmental Sciences 27 7.61

Highlight of the month

How to make an egg cell, almost

© Clouds Hill Imaging Ltd./Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

© Clouds Hill Imaging Ltd./Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

Mouse stem cells can be converted into egg-like cells capable of being fertilized with sperm by activating just eight genes. This finding offers fresh insights into the development of egg cells and could lead to new advances in reproductive medicine.

A team led by Kyushu University researchers identified the eight genes by analysing egg cell development, both inside the ovaries of living mice and in a specialized cell-culture system.

The activation of these genes proved sufficient to reorganize the fluid-filled cytoplasm of the cell into an egg-like state. This fluid could now be used in certain assisted reproductive techniques such as mitochondrial replacement therapy.

However, the resulting egg-like cells lacked key features that would make them functional. For example, they did not cut their total chromosome number in half, as they should, and their DNA had the wrong pattern of gene-regulating chemical tags.

The researchers’ pursuit of viable lab-grown eggs for treating female infertility thus continues.

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  1. Nature 589, 264–269 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-3027-9

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 54.36% Domestic
  • 45.64% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (213 total)

  • Kyushu University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (20.89)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (18)
  3. Nagoya University, Japan (14.60)
  4. RIKEN, Japan (11.48)
  5. Osaka University, Japan (8.34)
  6. Integrated Research Consortium on Chemical Sciences (IRCCS), Japan (7.80)
  7. Hokkaido University, Japan (7.32)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (6.06)
  9. Tohoku University, Japan (4.95)
  10. University of Tsukuba, Japan (4.90)

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

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