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
Chemistry 109 49.35
Life Sciences 88 25.73
Earth & Environmental Sciences 27 9.07

Highlight of the month

Speeding up cancer detection

© ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

© ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

Measuring the shapes of globules known as extracellular vesicles (EVs) could offer a rapid, non-invasive way to detect cancer from body-fluid samples and to distinguish between different types of cancer.

Catching cancer early can often make the difference between good and poor treatment outcomes. EVs are highly accessible, being present in body fluids such as urine and blood, making them attractive for cancer screening. But current methods require lengthy processing times to obtain results.

Now, a team that included researchers from Kyushu University in Japan has shown that merely measuring the distribution of shapes of EVs can reveal if cancer is present. The team found that EVs from breast cancer patients and non-cancerous individuals had different shape distributions.

The method could also distinguish between different cancer types. For example, cultured breast cancer cells produced spherical EVs, whereas those from cultured liver cancer cells were a mixture of spherical and oblate particles.

Supported content

  1. Analytical Chemistry 93, 7037−7044 (2021). doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c00258

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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