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 June 2018 - 31 May 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Waseda University published between 1 June 2018 - 31 May 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.

AC FC
114 25.61

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 25 11.77
Physical Sciences 81 14.56
3 1.17
Fabrication of Uniaxially Aligned Silica Nanogrooves with Sub-5 nm Periodicity on Centimeter-Scale Si Substrate Using Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Stamps
2019-01-23
1
End-Sealed High Aspect Ratio Hollow Nanotubes Encapsulating an Anticancer Drug: Torpedo-Shaped Peptidic Nanocapsules
2019-01-04
0.13
Assembly of Hollow Carbon Nanospheres on Graphene Nanosheets and Creation of Iron–Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbon for Oxygen Reduction
2018-06-26
0.05
2 1.09
3 1.28
4 2.45
19 0.04
34 4.02
2 1.01
2 1.09
3 0.79
2 0.39
1 0.11
4 1.01
1 0.08
1 0.01
Life Sciences 17 1.89
Earth & Environmental Sciences 4 0.40

Highlight of the month

Soft and supple sensors pick up the pulse

© MarsBars/Getty

© MarsBars/Getty

Super-soft sensors can take the pulse of living heart cells without meddling with their motion.

Studying heart muscle cells, or cardiomyocytes, is vital for understanding heart disease, but using rigid sensors and hard Petri dishes restricts the natural movement of living cells.

Now, a team that included researchers from Waseda University has made a super soft and flexible sensor.

They made the sensor from a mesh of plastic threads, which they embedded with gold fibres to detect and relay the voltage of each cell beat. The researchers then grew human cardiomyocytes on a squishy, gel-like substance and— painstakingly — attached their nanomesh to the living cells. The cells contracted and relaxed as freely as those without nanomeshes, and the sensor recorded their motion for four days without damaging the cells.

The porous nanomesh could one day deliver drugs with minimal disruption to the target cells while simultaneously recording how the cells react.

Supported content

  1. Nature Nanotechnology 14, 156–160 (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41565-018-0331-8

View the article on the Nature Index

See more research highlights from Waseda University

More research highlights from Waseda University

1 June 2018 - 31 May 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 33.61% Domestic
  • 66.39% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (77 total)

  • Waseda University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (10.02)
    3.33
    6.69
  2. RIKEN, Japan (5.22)
    1.19
    4.03
  3. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (2.51)
    0.68
    1.83
  4. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (2.21)
    1.31
    0.90
  5. Kyoto University, Japan (2.17)
    1.67
    0.51
  6. Nagoya University, Japan (2.14)
    0.48
    1.66
  7. Hiroshima University (HU), Japan (1.74)
    0.89
    0.85
  8. Kyushu University, Japan (1.73)
    0.85
    0.88
  9. High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan (1.72)
    1.07
    0.65
  10. Osaka University, Japan (1.60)
    0.85
    0.76

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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