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 about 150 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 ten campus-in-campus arrangements with universities in eight countries and regions, thereby promoting close cooperative relationships between education and research. At present, the University hosts approximately 2,400 study abroad students from more than 110 countries and regions.

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 Research and Development Centers are the part of the University’s quest to pursue research and innovation that result in benefits for society. Externally funded, seven centers are newly established as industry-university-government partnerships for joint research in areas of high demand from the community.

The University is also proactively engaging in the support of venture corporations. Thus far, a total of 144 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 gives students the opportunity to develop their individuality and skills through an education that is backed by cutting-edge research.

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1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Tsukuba published between 1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020 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
227 48.09

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 124 19.88
Life Sciences 65 14.30
Chemistry 49 14.83
Earth & Environmental Sciences 16 3.27
3 1
2 0.59
2 0.27
3 0.21
1 0.20
1 0.06
1 0.10
2 0.52
1 0.33

Highlight of the month

Adult-born neurons strengthen memories during sleep in mice



Learning-associated neurons that form in the adult mouse brain must get reactivated during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep for new memories to stick.

The fact that dreaming occurs during REM suggests that this stage of sleep may be important for memory processing and consolidation.

Now, a University of Tsukuba–led team has shown that adult-born neurons inside a region of the hippocampus known as the dentate gyrus become activated after a learning experience and that they are then reactivated during the mice’s next phases of REM sleep.

Using optogenetic techniques, the researchers then modulated neuronal activity during REM sleep —. Any perturbation caused the mice to forget their fears, suggesting that these neurons are critical to memory replay and consolidation.

If validated in the human brain, these findings could help scientists develop new treatments for people with memory disorders.

Supported content

  1. Neuron 107, 1–14 (2020) doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.05.008

View the article on the Nature Index

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International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 43.85% Domestic
  • 56.15% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (154 total)

  • University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (16.89)
  2. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (14.03)
  3. RIKEN, Japan (10.54)
  4. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (9.34)
  5. Kyoto University, Japan (7.77)
  6. Tohoku University, Japan (6.25)
  7. Osaka University, Japan (5.91)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (5.01)
  9. Okayama University, Japan (3.86)
  10. Kyushu University, Japan (2.72)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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