Waseda University
早稲田大学

Japan

Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures

Located in the heart of Tokyo, Waseda University is a leading private research university which has long been dedicated to academic excellence, innovative research and civic engagement at both the local and global levels. With its pioneering spirit, the university brings inspiration and new knowledge to the world through its creations and discoveries.

Waseda has produced countless leaders in their respective fields since its founding in 1882, including seven prime ministers, the founders and CEOs of multinational companies, Olympic and Paralympic medalists and internationally-acclaimed writers.

Today, the student body at Waseda is approximately 50,000, over 7,000 of whom are from overseas, hailing from 120 countries. The university takes great pride in its tradition of open-mindedness and inclusivity of diverse groups of people, for Waseda believes that the plurality of ideas and perspectives can bring positive change for a brighter, more sustainable future in the ever-changing world.

At the frontline of research

From soft robotics to paleontology, unorthodox thinking and intellectual curiosity are what drive research at Waseda. As its base becomes increasingly global, the university is starting to become an international hub for cutting-edge research.

Its overseas network with 835 organizations in 92 countries allows Waseda to welcome leading scientists and scholars as guest lecturers or joint appointment faculty, and send its researchers abroad for career development and enrichment, as well as collaborative studies.

In recent years, Waseda has increased investment in seven research units that already have a proven global track record. Those research fields are: Japanese humanities; political science and economics; health and sport sciences; information and communications technology (ICT) and robotics; energy and nanomaterials; mathematical and physical sciences; and Asian studies.

Facilitated by its location, many collaborative studies with industry, academia and government within and outside of Japan take place at Waseda. Researchers can also choose to translate their results into commercial products for entrepreneurial opportunities in a fully-supportive environment.

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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Waseda University published between 1 December 2017 - 30 November 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.

AC FC
115 26.57

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Physical Sciences 78 11.53
Chemistry 33 15.97
Life Sciences 13 1.92
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.23

Highlight of the month

An autonomous on-off switch for genes

© ROBERT BROOK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty

© ROBERT BROOK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty

A nanochip that can concisely control gene expression could pave the way to precision medical care.

Artificial genetic circuits are being designed to program cells to perform specific functions in the body, but so far their precision has been limited.

Now, a team that included researchers from Waseda University has built an all-in-one gene nanochip that combines sensors that pick up environmental signals, such as chemicals or light, and enzymes that transform these signals into a reaction onto a sheet of DNA containing multiple target genes.

The researchers used DNA origami to fold the sheet and control the distance between the enzymes and the target genes, thereby minimizing unintended reactions. When they tested their gene nanochip in artificial cells, they were able to successfully alter a target protein.

These nanochips could be used to keep cells in a healthy state.

Supported content

  1. Nature Nanotechnology 13, 933–940 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41565-018-0202-3

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 35.62% Domestic
  • 64.38% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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