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 April 2020 - 31 March 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kyushu University published between 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
315 101.30

Highlight of the month

Perovskites triumph over laser death

© Chris Rogers/Photodisc/Getty Images

© Chris Rogers/Photodisc/Getty Images

A new breed of inexpensive lasers could result from the first demonstration of stable, continuous lasing at room temperature in a class of materials known as perovskites.

Best known for their potential for use in inexpensive, high-efficiency solar cells, perovskites are also highly promising for use in lasers because of their low cost, tunable wavelength and high stability. But a phenomenon known as laser death, whose cause has yet to be pinpointed, has prevented the realization of continuous lasing at room temperature using perovskites.

Now, a team led by researchers from Kyushu University in Japan has overcome this hurdle by using perovskite films containing various organic cations. These films overcame laser death through the suppression of long-lived electronic excitations called triplet excitons.

The researchers anticipate that this finding will lead to the development of inexpensive electrically operated lasers based on perovskites.

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  1. Nature 585, 53–57 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2621-1

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1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 54.14% Domestic
  • 45.86% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (218 total)

  • Kyushu University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (21.45)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (19.97)
  3. RIKEN, Japan (14.91)
  4. Nagoya University, Japan (12.57)
  5. Osaka University, Japan (8.89)
  6. Hokkaido University, Japan (8.80)
  7. Integrated Research Consortium on Chemical Sciences (IRCCS), Japan (5.76)
  8. University of Tsukuba, Japan (5.11)
  9. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (5.01)
  10. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (4.88)

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

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