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 November 2017 - 31 October 2018
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Tsukuba published between 1 November 2017 - 31 October 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||9||2.91|
|Environmental Science and Technology||2||0.17|
|Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta||1||0.06|
|Geophysical Research Letters||3||2.19|
|Nature Climate Change||1||0.10|
Highlight of the month
You are getting sleepy — specific mutation could explain why
© Clemens Peters/EyeEm/Getty
In a real snoozer of a scientific discovery, researchers from the University of Tsukuba have zeroed in on the specific position within a protein called SIK3, which underpins excessive sleepiness in mice.
Building on their earlier discovery that mice with a mutant form of SIK3 require more sleep than usual, the researchers found that deleting or mutating just one particular amino acid in the protein impeded the attachment of phosphate tags, a process that normally keeps the activity of the SIK3 in check.
Without this regulatory control, the mice slept more because they had longer durations of non-dreaming sleep. However, rapid-eye-movement sleep — in which the brain is most active, allowing for intense dreams — was largely unaffected. This shows that SIK3 helps mediate the sleep cycle in a stage-specific manner.
The findings could lead to new treatments for people who experience excessive sleepiness and have trouble staying awake.
- PNAS 115, 10458–10463 (2018). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1810823115
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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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% Domestic
- 65% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (126 total)
- University of Tsukuba, Japan
- Domestic institution
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Kyoto University, Japan
Kyushu University, Japan
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
Keio University, Japan
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan
Osaka University, Japan
Top 10 international collaborators by FC (635 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
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
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
Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), United States of America (USA)
Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA)
Max Planck Society, Germany
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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