University of Tsukuba


The University of Tsukuba was established in 1973 as the anchor institution of Tsukuba Science City, Japan’s premier science-and-technology hub. Its roots go back as far as 1872 to modern Japan’s first institute of higher education. As one of the most comprehensive research-intensive universities in Japan, the University of Tsukuba covers a wide range of academic disciplines including humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, information sciences, agriculture, medical sciences, sports sciences and the arts.

Offering about 40 degree programmes taught in English and with the highest percentage of international students of any Japanese university, the university is one of the most international in Japan. Its efforts towards globalizing education and research have borne fruit, as evidenced by it attaining the highest international outlook score out all the universities in Japan in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016−2017.

In additional to promoting collaboration across national borders, the university emphasizes interdisciplinary research that transcends the borders of academic fields and the academia−industry divide. For example, its Center for Cybernics Research has created the world’s first medical robot through integrating neuroscience, computer science, robotics and medical science, while the university hospital is combining medicine and nuclear physics to develop accelerator-based boron neutron cancer therapy, which destroys tumour cells while leaving healthy cells intact.

In terms of education, the university’s is striving to foster global leaders who can work across all borders and can help solve the complex and multifaceted issues confronting the world today. To this end, the university is transforming its discipline-based education programmes into transdisciplinary programmes. Its Campus-in-Campus Initiative promotes campus sharing with its partners, allowing students and researchers full access to global resources by promoting collaboration across national barriers.

Through such collaboration and programmes, the university is endeavoring to “imagine the future.”

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1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Tsukuba published between 1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

197 44.76 38.24

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 136 23.20 16.67
Chemistry 33 15 15
Life Sciences 32 7.43 7.43
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.05 0.05

Highlight of the month

Planetary ring modelling goes full circle

© MARK GARLICK/Science Photo Library/Getty

© MARK GARLICK/Science Photo Library/Getty

A full planetary ring system has been modelled for the first time using realistic particle sizes and interactions.

Chariklo, a minor planet or ‘centaur’ that orbits between Jupiter and Neptune, is the smallest known body in our Solar System to have rings. A team that included researchers from the University of Tsukuba used a supercomputer to calculate the motions of 345 million particles in Chariklo’s two rings. They set particle size to a few meters, and accounted for collisions and gravitational attraction. The results suggest that the ring particles are half as dense as Chariklo itself, which, according to some theories, would cause gravitational disturbances in the inner ring that should break up the rings within 100 years.

The group speculates that the rings endure owing to either much smaller sized particles than they had assumed for the model, or the presence of a ‘shepherd moon’ — an orbiting object whose gravitational effect herds the ring particles — and will investigate such theories in their next model.

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  1. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 837, L13 (2017). doi: 10.3847/2041-8213/aa6256

View the article on the Nature Index

1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 31.11% Domestic
  • 68.89% International

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

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

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