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 March 2020 - 28 February 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Osaka University published between 1 March 2020 - 28 February 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

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

Count Share
540 190.47

Highlight of the month

Humans quite literally do not see eye to eye

© Wachira Khurimon/EyeEm/Getty Images

© Wachira Khurimon/EyeEm/Getty Images

Each person has a unique visual fingerprint to which they have to adapt their actions accordingly.

Accurate visual perception is critical for many extremely risky tasks, from performing surgery to flying planes, and for making line calls in several sports. People assume that what they see is a perfect reflection of the real world on the retina.

Three researchers, including one at Osaka University in Japan, tested nine people’s perceived location of circle on a screen (experiment 1), as well as their ability to determine the displacement between two very close lines — a common test for visual acuity (experiment 2).

They found consistent differences between participants’ location perception in experiment 1, which appeared to be connected to each individual’s visual acuity demonstrated in experiment 2.

Three participants went on to estimate the sizes of a series of arcs, which revealed that the perceived size of an arc varied according to its position in the observer’s field of vision.

Supported content

  1. Proc. Roy. Soc. B 287, 20200825 (2020). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.0825

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1 March 2020 - 28 February 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 55.84% Domestic
  • 44.16% International

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Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (273 total)

  • Osaka University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (48.53)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (37.73)
  3. RIKEN, Japan (27.78)
  4. Tohoku University, Japan (14.74)
  5. Hokkaido University, Japan (13.93)
  6. Nagoya University, Japan (12.99)
  7. Kyushu University, Japan (11.38)
  8. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (10.59)
  9. Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN) - Osaka University, Japan (9.09)
  10. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (8.45)

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

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