University of Tsukuba


The University of Tsukuba is located in the suburbs of Tokyo and is at the heart of Tsukuba Science City —Japan’s largest “science city,” which has 29 national research institutes and about 150 private research organizations. The University operates on the principle that it is open to all.

The University of Tsukuba aims to cross the borders that separate a variety of organizations, such as those between nations, research institutions, and fields of study. The University’s network is expanding globally. In particular, the University has entered into ten campus-in-campus arrangements with universities in eight countries and regions, thereby promoting close cooperative relationships between education and research. At present, the University hosts approximately 2,400 study abroad students from more than 110 countries and regions.

Collaboration is essential in order to achieve high-quality outcomes with limited resources. As an example, the University is actively engaged in an exchange of talent and joint research that goes beyond the conventional university framework at nationwide joint-use institutes that encompass the four fields of computational science, marine science, plant science, and plasma research.

The Research and Development Centers are the part of the University’s quest to pursue research and innovation that result in benefits for society. Externally funded, seven centers are newly established as industry-university-government partnerships for joint research in areas of high demand from the community.

The University is also proactively engaging in the support of venture corporations. Thus far, a total of 144 companies have originated from the University of Tsukuba, including Cyberdyne, Inc.

A frontrunner in university reform in Japan, the University is creating a flexible education and research structure as well as a university system to meet the needs of the next generation. It aspires to be a comprehensive university, continuously meeting new challenges and developing new areas. The foremost mission of a university is to provide an environment that allows future leaders to realize their full potential. The University gives students the opportunity to develop their individuality and skills through an education that is backed by cutting-edge research.

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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 University of Tsukuba 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
260 56.27

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 145 21.61
Life Sciences 65 14.18
Chemistry 61 22.50
Earth & Environmental Sciences 16 3.10

Highlight of the month

Nanosheets show promise for storing hydrogen

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Nanosheets of hydrogen boride have great potential to store hydrogen, a promising source of clean energy.

Hydrogen is the ultimate clean fuel, emitting only water when burned. Much research is going on to develop hydrogen-powered vehicles and other devices. But to realize this technology, materials that can store large amounts of hydrogen are needed.

Now, a team that was co-led by a researcher at the University of Tsukuba in Japan has discovered that hydrogen boride nanosheets, a material discovered in 2017, can store significant amounts of hydrogen — up to 8% by weight. The stored hydrogen can then be released under at room pressure and temperature by shining ultraviolet light on the nanosheets.

This ability to store and release hydrogen adds to the many excellent properties of hydrogen boride nanosheets that are already known.

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  1. Nature Communications 10, 4880 (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-12903-1

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International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 39.51% Domestic
  • 60.49% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (156 total)

  • University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (17.27)
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (14.97)
  3. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (9.51)
  4. Kyoto University, Japan (7.41)
  5. RIKEN, Japan (7.34)
  6. Osaka University, Japan (5.91)
  7. Tohoku University, Japan (5.85)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (4.67)
  9. Kyushu University, Japan (3.90)
  10. Keio University, Japan (3.42)

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

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