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 May 2019 - 30 April 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 May 2019 - 30 April 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
228 46.61

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 51 15.59
Life Sciences 61 13.28
Physical Sciences 129 19.57
5 2.85
2 0.50
3 0.58
13 5.20
22 0.08
32 2.76
1 0.13
6 1.74
3 0.17
9 0.83
1 0.11
2 0.07
2 1.57
22 2.26
2 0.18
1 0.07
3 0.46
Earth & Environmental Sciences 15 2.44

Highlight of the month

Extending Einstein’s description to self-propelled particles

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© zf L/Getty

A mathematical description of how self-propelled particles such as swimming microbes interact with passive particles well reproduces observations of such systems.

In 1827, botanist Robert Brown noticed grains of pollen moving randomly in water under the microscope. Brownian motion, as it became known, is caused by the pollen grains being buffeted by water molecules, and it is observed in many physical, chemical and biological systems. It was explained mathematically by Albert Einstein in 1905.

Now, a team led by a Tsukuba University researcher has done the same thing for a system where the particles are not passive but are self-propelled. Examples include swimming microbes and colloids of active particles.

The comprehensive mathematical description explains the quirky loopy motions that have been observed in experiments. It has the potential to shed light on real-world systems such as ecosystems, earthquakes and even financial markets.

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  1. Nature 579, 364–367 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2086-2

View the article on the Nature Index

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International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 41.18% Domestic
  • 58.82% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (140 total)

  • University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (15.98)
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (13.07)
  3. RIKEN, Japan (9.65)
  4. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (8.32)
  5. Osaka University, Japan (6.52)
  6. Kyoto University, Japan (6.02)
  7. Tohoku University, Japan (5.82)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (4.69)
  9. Okayama University, Japan (3.51)
  10. Kyushu University, Japan (3.47)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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