The University of Tsukuba is located in the suburbs of Tokyo and is at the heart of Tsukuba Science City —Japan’s largest “science city,” which has 29 national research institutes and more than 200 private research organizations. The University operates on the principle that it is open to all.
The University of Tsukuba aims to cross the borders that separate a variety of organizations, such as those between nations, research institutions, and fields of study. The University’s network is expanding globally. In particular, the University has entered into eight campus-in-campus arrangements with universities in six countries and regions, thereby promoting close cooperative relationships between education and research. At present, the University hosts approximately 2,500 study abroad students from more than 110 countries and regions of origin.
Collaboration is essential in order to achieve high-quality outcomes with limited resources. As an example, the University is actively engaged in an exchange of talent and joint research that goes beyond the conventional university framework at nationwide joint-use institutes that encompass the four fields of computational science, marine science, plant science, and plasma research.
The joint research being conducted with the research facilities within Tsukuba Science City is expanding into drug development, robotics engineering, space medicine, plant breeding, astrophysics, and sleep science, as well as a wide variety of interdisciplinary areas, leading to a greater number of superior research outcomes than can be achieved on a university scale alone.
The University is also proactively engaging in the support of venture corporations. Thus far, a total of 141 companies have originated from the University of Tsukuba, including Cyberdyne, Inc.
A frontrunner in university reform in Japan, the University is creating a flexible education and research structure as well as a university system to meet the needs of the next generation. It aspires to be a comprehensive university, continuously meeting new challenges and developing new areas. The foremost mission of a university is to provide an environment that allows future leaders to realize their full potential. The University of Tsukuba gives students the opportunity develop their individuality and skills through an education that is backed by cutting-edge research.
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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Tsukuba published between 1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018 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.
Outputs by subject (FC)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||7||1.76|
Highlight of the month
Dopamine neurons help the brain ignore befuddling stimuli
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Dopamine-producing neurons in a region of the brain called the substantia nigra are activated to inhibit unwanted actions. This finding could help explain why people with Parkinson’s disease who have deficits in these nerve cells also have trouble with impulse control.
A team led by University of Tsukuba researchers trained two macaque monkeys to gaze at certain targets on a computer screen, but to avert their eyes from the visual mark when signalled to do so. The researchers simultaneously measured the monkeys’ brain activity at a single-neuron resolution.
The team found that the activity of nerve cells involved in transmitting dopamine spiked when the animals successfully resisted the urge to look at the target. The monkeys’ performance faltered, however, when treated with drugs that blocked dopamine signalling.
- Neuron 100, 1513–1526.e4 (2018). doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.10.025
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
European Physical Journal C
Uranium Dioxides and Debris Fragments Released to the Environment with Cesium-Rich Microparticles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Environmental Science and Technology
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International vs. domestic collaboration by FC
- 35.62% Domestic
- 64.38% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (118 total)
- University of Tsukuba, Japan
- Domestic institution
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan
Kyoto University, Japan
Kyushu University, Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
Keio University, Japan
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan
Osaka University, Japan
Top 10 international collaborators by FC (624 total)
- University of Tsukuba, Japan
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern Medical Center), United States of America (USA)
The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK)
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland
Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA)
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
Max Planck Society, Germany
Tsinghua University, China
Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- ALICE Collaboration, Switzerland
- CDF Collaboration, United States of America (USA)
- Expedition 302 Scientists, Sweden
- Expedition 343 Scientists, Japan
- Japanese Association for Marine Biology (JAMBIO), Japan
- Multiproxy Approach for the Reconstruction of the Glacial Ocean Surface (MARGO), Germany
- PHENIX Collaboration, United States of America (USA)
- The ATLAS Collaboration, Switzerland
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