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 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

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

118 24.84

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 25 10.53
Physical Sciences 86 14.26
3 1.35
2 1.09
2 0.28
4 1.67
18 0.03
32 4.02
3 1.19
2 1.09
Low-Temperature-Processed Brookite-Based TiO₂ Heterophase Junction Enhances Performance of Planar Perovskite Solar Cells
Processive Nanostepping of Formin mDia1 Loosely Coupled with Actin Polymerization
5 1.21
1 0.13
1 0.11
10 1.66
1 0.08
2 0.35
Life Sciences 16 1.61
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.17

Highlight of the month

How an enzyme complex gets around chromosomal barriers



An enzyme that converts DNA into RNA works cooperatively with two helper proteins to coordinate movement in and around structural barriers called nucleosomes, thereby enabling the forward march of gene transcription along the chromosome.

Using cryo-electron microscopy on proteins derived from yeast, a team in Japan co-led by scientists from Waseda University snapped atomic-resolution images of RNA polymerase II in complex with elongation factors that enhance the enzyme’s activity.

The images showed that two elongation factors named Elf1 and Spt4/5 help adjust the position of the spool-like nucleosomes to facilitate progression of the polymerase enzyme at tightly wound regions of the chromosome known as superhelices.

The structural findings offer an unprecedented level of detail into how molecular machines inside each cell nucleus help decode information contained within the genome.

Supported content

  1. Science 363, 744–747 (2019). doi: 10.1126/science.aav8912

View the article on the Nature Index

See more research highlights from Waseda University

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1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 35.26% Domestic
  • 64.74% 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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