Waseda University


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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Waseda University published between 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 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
119 27.03

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 81 12.97
Chemistry 24 11.63
Life Sciences 20 3.69
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.34
1 0.17
1 0.11
1 0.06

Highlight of the month

Tension sensor needed for proper chromosome partitioning



The molecular mechanism by which a specific cancer-causing oncogene may trigger the onset of acute myeloid leukemia has been uncovered.

Acute myeloid leukemia originates in bone marrow but rapidly affects blood as a result of the rapid proliferation of leukemia cells. Its symptoms include fatigue, bleeding gums, and shortness of breath

A fusion protein called SET normally helps ensure proper tension is applied onto duplicated chromosomes as they pull apart during cell division.

Now, a Waseda University–led team has found that when overactive, SET causes chromosome misalignment that can trigger cancer progression.

The team showed that SET localizes to the central region of dividing chromosome pairs and detects whether the molecular machine responsible for separating the chromosomes is applying the right amount of tension.

Drugs that target SET or its signalling pathway could therefore help blunt cancer growth by maintaining the fidelity of chromosome distribution in replicating cells.

Supported content

  1. Journal of Cell Biology 218, 3223–3236 (2019). doi: 10.1083/jcb.201811060

View the article on the Nature Index

See more research highlights from Waseda University

More research highlights from Waseda University

1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 38.93% Domestic
  • 61.07% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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