Osaka University


Osaka University was founded in 1931 as one of the seven imperial universities of Japan and it remains today one of Japan’s leading comprehensive universities. The University houses more than 23,000 students and more than 6,600 faculty and staff members. Osaka University was named Japan’s most innovative university and is included among the most innovative institutions in the world according to the Nature Index 2017 Innovation publication. The University’s ability to innovate stems from its broad disciplinary spectrum and strong industry-university collaboration, as well as its engagement with, and contributions to, society. This strength is coupled with a drive for innovation that extends throughout the scientific process, from fundamental research to the creation of applied technology. The University continues to explore new research fields, develop greater innovation from the fundamental research stages, and make even greater efforts to pioneer interdisciplinary research projects.

With the motto “Live Locally, Grow Globally,” Osaka University has adopted a vision of openness for 2021. To this end, we strive to make our education, research and community more open and ensure that our three campuses are places where outstanding students and researchers from around the world can gather, learn, discover, and collaborate. Since integrating with Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 2007, Osaka University has enhanced its capacity in the studies of language and culture, and we are enhancing degree programs conducted in English and Japanese language support for international students and faculty. In recent years, the University has also actively expanded its global outreach by setting up overseas centers in San Francisco, Groningen, Bangkok and Shanghai.

Osaka University leverages its role as a Designated National University Corporation selected by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to contribute to innovation for human welfare, the sustainable development of society, and social transformation.

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1 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Osaka University published between 1 October 2019 - 30 September 2020 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
519 191.30

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 207 106.48
Physical Sciences 193 49.83
Life Sciences 168 45.42
Earth & Environmental Sciences 6 0.69

Highlight of the month

The Moon is a carbon source

© John Short/Design Pics/Getty

© John Short/Design Pics/Getty

The Moon is slowing effusing carbon atoms into space — a discovery that may require revisiting theories regarding lunar origins.

Analysis of rock samples brought back by the Apollo lunar missions showed that they had hardly any carbon in them. This led to the theory that the Moon was formed when a Mars-sized object smashed into Earth, breaking off a large chunk that became the Moon. The heat of this collision would have burnt off any carbon.

But now a Osaka University–led team has analysed data from Japan’s Kaguya lunar orbiter and found that, on average, each square centimetre of the Moon’s surface emits roughly 50,000 ions a second.

This discovery suggests that carbon on the Moon has ancient origins and hence a new theory may be needed to explain how the Moon formed.

Supported content

  1. Science Advances 6, eaba1050 (2020). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aba1050

View the article on the Nature Index

1 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 53.7% Domestic
  • 46.3% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (234 total)

  • Osaka University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (38.74)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (34.87)
  3. RIKEN, Japan (22.43)
  4. Nagoya University, Japan (16.57)
  5. Hokkaido University, Japan (12.53)
  6. Tohoku University, Japan (11.56)
  7. Kyushu University, Japan (10.58)
  8. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (9.27)
  9. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (8.86)
  10. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (6.79)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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