Kyushu University
九州大学

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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1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kyushu University published between 1 September 2020 - 31 August 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
281 94.61

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 104 49.84
Physical Sciences 93 18.51
Life Sciences 81 25.30
Earth & Environmental Sciences 22 6.74

Highlight of the month

Making mouse eggs from scratch

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

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

The creation of viable mouse eggs from stem cells in a lab provides a new tool for studying primordial egg development. It could also one day lead to new treatments for infertility in people and help save endangered species from extinction.

While it has recently become possible to generate oocytes from pluripotent stem cells in test tubes, they still need to cultivated in the body to fully develop as reproductive cells.

Now, a team led by researchers at Kyushu University in Japan has devised a cell-culturing protocol capable of converting mouse embryonic stem cells into ovarian gonadal tissue.

The resulting cells then served as a support bed for the egg-cell precursors — themselves made from stem cells — to properly develop into functional oocytes that could be fertilized to yield normal mouse pups.

This demonstrates that it is possible to generate huge numbers of functional eggs in a test tube, but technological improvements and ethical deliberations are needed before it can be used in reproductive medicine.

Supported content

  1. Science 373, eabe0237 (2021). doi: 10.1126/science.abe0237

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 52.11% Domestic
  • 47.89% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (204 total)

  • Kyushu University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (17.45)
    7.92
    9.53
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (17.40)
    8.97
    8.43
  3. Nagoya University, Japan (12.56)
    5.78
    6.78
  4. RIKEN, Japan (12.54)
    7.71
    4.83
  5. Osaka University, Japan (9.42)
    5.31
    4.11
  6. Integrated Research Consortium on Chemical Sciences (IRCCS), Japan (8.04)
    1.61
    6.43
  7. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (7.27)
    3.22
    4.04
  8. Hokkaido University, Japan (7)
    2.85
    4.15
  9. Tohoku University, Japan (4.66)
    2.51
    2.15
  10. University of Tsukuba, Japan (3.74)
    1.58
    2.16

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

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