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 October 2019 - 30 September 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 October 2019 - 30 September 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
244 49.90

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 50 15.27
Physical Sciences 136 17.87
Life Sciences 70 17.14
1 0.61
1 0.07
1 0.11
5 2.14
1 0.40
2 0.79
2 0.32
1 1
2 0.23
2 0.05
3 0.62
14 1.28
2 0.03
1 0.03
1 0.02
1 0.08
1 0.58
4 1.62
14 4.59
1 0.60
4 1.20
1 0.10
5 0.69
Earth & Environmental Sciences 14 3.56

Highlight of the month

Dopamine neurons aid decision making

© MF3d/Getty

© MF3d/Getty

Dopamine neurons in the brain not only signal the reward after making a good choice; they are also active during the decision-making process itself, research on monkeys indicates.

During decision making, neurons in the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex were thought to dominate the process of weighing the value of various options. If a decision resulted in a better-than-expected outcome, dopamine neurons in the midbrain then reinforced that choice with a reward signal.

Now, five researchers, all from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, have studied the activity of individual dopamine neurons in the brains of monkeys choosing one of two sequentially offered rewards. They found that the dopamine neurons are active in valuing each option as soon as it is offered and also change their activity levels as the final choice is made, even before the same activity occurs in neurons of the orbitofrontal cortex.

Supported content

  1. Science Advances 6, eaba4962 (2020). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aba4962

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International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 41.25% Domestic
  • 58.75% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (164 total)

  • University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (19.04)
  2. RIKEN, Japan (13.30)
  3. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (11.91)
  4. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (11.09)
  5. Kyoto University, Japan (7.73)
  6. Tohoku University, Japan (7.61)
  7. Kyushu University, Japan (5.62)
  8. Osaka University, Japan (4.46)
  9. Hokkaido University, Japan (3.92)
  10. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (3.86)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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