University of Tsukuba


The University of Tsukuba is the anchor institution of Tsukuba Science City — Japan’s premier science-and-technology hub, which is a convenient 45-minute train ride northeast of central Tokyo. The University encompasses 29 national research institutions and more than 200 private sector research institutions. 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 seven 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 more than 3,000 study abroad students from more than 100 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 118 companies have originated from the University of Tsukuba, including Cyberdyne, Inc. All of these companies give back to society through their research outcomes.

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 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Tsukuba published between 1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

219 36.70 31.50

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 38 8.41 8.41
Physical Sciences 151 15.15 9.95
Chemistry 37 13.77 13.77
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.69 0.69

Highlight of the month

Predicting the risk of tsunami from seafloor geology

© Yoshinori Kuwahara/Moment/Getty

© Yoshinori Kuwahara/Moment/Getty

Geological features on the seafloor that contributed to Japan’s devastating 2011 Tōhoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami have also been found in a fault line that runs along the eastern coastline of North, Central and South America.

An international team of researchers, including some from the University of Tsukuba, noted that previous drilling research in the Japan Trench had revealed a clay-rich seafloor that helped translate the earthquake’s energy into the huge tsunami that struck Japan’s eastern coast.

With this knowledge, they looked at drilling samples from the seafloor off southeastern Costa Rica, where several continental plates meet. Their research suggests that the conditions in the seafloor in that location are also likely to increase the risk of tsunami in the event of a tectonic shift.

The findings could help identify other coastal fault lines around the world that pose a higher risk of tsunami.

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  1. Nature Geoscience 10, 935–940 (2017). doi: 10.1038/s41561-017-0013-4

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1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 27.02% Domestic
  • 72.98% International

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

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

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