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 2018 - 30 November 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Waseda University published between 1 December 2018 - 30 November 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
121 24.93

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 81 11.27
Life Sciences 20 3.64
2 0.85
1 0.75
2 0.06
1 0.15
3 0.81
1 0.01
1 0.10
5 0.26
1 0.14
1 0.04
1 0.01
1 0.45
Chemistry 23 10.19
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.34

Highlight of the month

Light at night disturbs the developing brain

© Mike West/EyeEm/Getty

© Mike West/EyeEm/Getty

Exposure to light during the night can jeopardize the long-term survival of nerve cells in the developing brain.

To determine how light at night affects the brain in early life, a Waseda University–led team studied chickens, which, like people, are active during the day and sleep at night.

The researchers reared young chicks in 12 hours of light followed by 12 hours of darkness. They saw that a small gland deep in the brain produced a steroid hormone with expression levels that peaked about four hours into the dark cycle.

However, this hormone release was disrupted in chicks raised either in constant light or just with an extra hour of light interrupting the dark cycle. Absence of the hormone resulted in the death of nerve cells needed for proper motor coordination and cognition.

Artificial light exposure may have similar negative effects on the development of the human brain, the researchers caution.

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  1. eLife 8, e45306 (2019). doi: 10.7554/eLife.45306

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 37.02% Domestic
  • 62.98% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (101 total)

  • Waseda University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (9.17)
    3.12
    6.05
  2. RIKEN, Japan (6.59)
    2.01
    4.58
  3. Kyoto University, Japan (4.41)
    3.51
    0.90
  4. Nagoya University, Japan (3.33)
    0.93
    2.40
  5. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (3.29)
    0.50
    2.78
  6. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (3.14)
    1.80
    1.34
  7. Kyushu University, Japan (2.41)
    1.36
    1.05
  8. University of Tsukuba, Japan (2.12)
    1.41
    0.72
  9. Hiroshima University (HU), Japan (1.80)
    0.52
    1.29
  10. Hokkaido University, Japan (1.76)
    0.98
    0.78

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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