University of Tsukuba


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 2018 - 30 November 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Tsukuba published between 1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019 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
258 56.23

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 143 21.57
Life Sciences 65 14.18
Chemistry 61 22.50
4 1.03
1 0.33
7 1.71
8 4.83
1 0.09
8 5.74
7 3.16
4 1.99
4 0.64
3 0.09
1 0.02
1 0.55
7 1.53
2 0.39
1 0.13
1 0.20
1 0.09
Earth & Environmental Sciences 16 3.10

Highlight of the month

Two-dimensional materials combine to dazzling effect



Materials with exotic optical and electronic properties could be realized using a method that enables researchers to readily combine multiple 2D nanomaterials into complex heterostructures.

Materials containing transition metals such as molybdenum disulfide and tungsten diselenide can be grown as one-atom-thick sheets with novel properties, akin to graphene. These 2D transition metal dichalcogenides are typically grown using solid precursors.

Now, a team that included University of Tsukuba researchers has developed a versatile method for growing 2D transition metal dichalcogenides from liquid organic precursors.

The use of liquid rather than solid precursors allowed the researchers to easily switch between different precursors and grow complex structures made from multiple transition metal dichalcogenide. The diverse nanostructures that could be produced this way have great potential as high-performance electronic and optoelectronic materials, the researchers say.

Supported content

  1. ACS Nano 13, 7527–7535 (2019). doi: 10.1021/acsnano.8b07991

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 39.96% Domestic
  • 60.04% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (156 total)

  • University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (17.27)
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (14.91)
  3. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (9.51)
  4. Kyoto University, Japan (7.37)
  5. RIKEN, Japan (7.25)
  6. Osaka University, Japan (5.91)
  7. Tohoku University, Japan (5.85)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (4.63)
  9. Kyushu University, Japan (3.90)
  10. Keio University, Japan (3.42)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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