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 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kyushu University published between 1 May 2020 - 1 April 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
315 99.70

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 113 19.98
4 0.67
8 2.41
4 0.66
10 3.98
17 0.46
25 2.41
2 0.19
2 0.48
10 2.27
2 1.12
2 1.14
1 0.17
16 1.34
1 0.14
5 1.25
4 1.29
Chemistry 109 49.35
Life Sciences 88 25.73
Earth & Environmental Sciences 27 9.07

Highlight of the month

Modelling earthquakes by mapping the movement of undersea tremors

© Yoshinori Kuwahara/Moment/Getty Images

© Yoshinori Kuwahara/Moment/Getty Images

Earthquake monitoring and modelling will benefit from a method that more accurately pinpoints the sources of weak tremors in regions containing complex geological features.

Pinpointing the locations of small tremors caused by one tectonic plate sliding under another can be difficult because geological structures distort the transmission of those tremors through the Earth’s crust. The Nankai Trough off the coast of Japan is the site of one such subduction zone.

Now, two researchers at Kyushu University in Japan have mapped the location of recent tremors in the Nankai Trough by accounting for geological features that might affect the time it takes for a tremor to travel from its source to one of 20 seismometers in the region, and between those measuring stations.

Once they had located the sites of the tremors, the team could use the information from those tremors to explore the subduction zone’s properties. This could help model the seismic features of the area and better predict potential earthquakes and tsunamis.

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  1. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 558, 116742 (2021). doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2021.116742

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 53.75% Domestic
  • 46.25% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (224 total)

  • Kyushu University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (22.96)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (21.26)
  3. RIKEN, Japan (14.97)
  4. Nagoya University, Japan (14.26)
  5. Osaka University, Japan (9.22)
  6. Hokkaido University, Japan (8.77)
  7. University of Tsukuba, Japan (5.21)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (5.04)
  9. Integrated Research Consortium on Chemical Sciences (IRCCS), Japan (4.86)
  10. Tohoku University, Japan (4.54)

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

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