University of Tsukuba

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University of Tsukuba
The seal of the University of Tsukuba
Motto Imagine the future
Established October 1973 (Originally founded in 1872)
Type Public (National)
President Kyosuke Nagata (ja)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 16,459[1]
Undergraduates 9,798[1]
Postgraduates 6,661[1]
Location Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
Campus Urban
Mascot None

University of Tsukuba (筑波大学 Tsukuba daigaku?), one of the oldest national universities (established by Japanese Government) and one of the most comprehensive research universities in Japan, is located in the city of Tsukuba (known as Tsukuba Science City), Ibaraki Prefecture in the Kantō region of Japan. The University has 28 college clusters and schools with a total of around 16,500 students (as of 2014).[1] The main Tsukuba campus covers an area of 258 hectares (636 acres), making it the 2nd largest single campus in Japan.[2] The branch campus is located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, which offers graduate programs for working adults in the capital and manages K-12 schools in Tokyo that are attached to the university.


The university boasts its academic strength especially in STEMM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine) and physical education, as well as related interdisciplinary fields by taking advantage of its location in Tsukuba Science City which has more than 300 research institutions.[3] The university had 3 Nobel laureates (2 in Physics and 1 in Chemistry, see also "History") in the past, and about 70 athletes from the university, their students and alumni, have participated in the Olympic Games so far.[4]

Some of their recent initiatives include the establishment of new interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Human Biology and Empowerment Informatics as well as the establishment of International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, that were created through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's competitive funding projects.

Its Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences is represented on the national Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction.[5]


Their founding philosophy states the University of Tsukuba is "a university which is open to all within and outside of Japan."[6]

As of August, 2015, the university has over 300 international inter-university agreements[7] and 13 overseas offices in 12 countries, located in Brazil, China, Germany, France, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Tunisia, Taiwan, United States, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.[8]

The university is also known for its internationalization efforts by consistently winning various Japanese Government's funding projects for internationalization of Japanese universities, including the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's "Global 30" Project[9] and the "Super Global University Project"[10] (or formally known as "Top Global University Project"). In the Super Global University Project, University of Tsukuba won the Type A funding, which is for 13 elite Japanese universities to be ranked in the top 100 in global university rankings by 2023. Their initiative includes expanding the number of courses and degree programs taught in English only, sharing faculty members with partner institutions such as National Taiwan University, University of Bordeaux, and University of California, Irvine to promote educational and research collaboration, and establishing so-called "Course Jukebox System" which enables their and partner institutions' students to take the other partner institutions' courses as if the courses are of their original institutions' ones.[11]

In 2009, the university participated in the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization's (SEAMEO) affiliated member, and it has been cooperating in the development of education in the ASEAN region. The university is also a member of AIMS program, which is to promote regional student mobility among the ASEAN and participated countries including Japan.

In 2004, the university established "The Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA)" as an academic research center with the purpose of promoting comprehensive research concerning the North African Region through integration of humanities and sciences. Since then, ARENA has been expanding its research fields, and the university established a branch office in Tunis, Tunisia in 2006. The university is also accepting African students through ABE initiative, which was initiated by Japanese Prime Minister Abe and is bringing 1,000 African graduate students to Japanese universities in 5 years from 2014. Currently, University of Tsukuba is planning and leading "Japan-Africa Academic Network (JAAN)" initiative to bring together all the Japanese universities' resources for Africa and to deepen the academic relationship between Japan and Africa.

In May 2008, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development became an opportunity for the African Development Bank (AfDB) and universities in Japan to promote partnership on higher education, science and technology. Donald Kaberuka, the president of the AfDB, and the president of University of Tsukuba signed a memorandum of understanding during the three-day event.[12]


Outside the Main Library

The current university was established in October 1973. A forerunner of this university was Tokyo University of Education (東京教育大学 Tōkyō kyōiku daigaku?) originally founded in 1872 as one of the oldest universities in Japan, Tokyo Higher Normal School (東京師範学校 Tōkyō Shihan Gakkō?).

In October 2002, the University of Tsukuba merged with the University of Library and Information Science (ULIS, 図書館情報大学 Toshokan jōhō daigaku?). The School of Library and Information Science and the Graduate School of Library and Information – Media Studies were established.

The University of Tsukuba has provided several Nobel Prize winners so far, such as Leo Esaki, Hideki Shirakawa and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. Dr. Satoshi Ōmura was an auditor at Tokyo University of Education.[13]

Academic rankings[edit]

University of Tsukuba is one of the premier leading universities in Japan and in the world. It can be seen in the several rankings such as shown below.

Global University Rankings (Overall)[14][15][16][17][edit]

Ranking Name Rank (among Japanese Universities)
Times Higher Education - World University Rankings 2015/16- 401-500 7th
QS - World University Rankings 2015/16 - 219 10th
Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 - 201-300 8th
U.S. News & World Report - Best Global Universities Rankings 2016 - 265 7th
Times Higher Education - 100 Under 50 Rankings 2015 - 50 1st
QS - Top 50 Under 50 2014 - 13 1st

Research performance[edit]

Tsukuba is one of the leading research institutions in Japan. According to Thomson Reuters, Tsukuba is the 10th best research institutions among all the universities and non-educational research institutions in Japan.[18]

Weekly Diamond (ja) reported that Tsukuba has the 27th highest research standard in Japan in terms of research fundings per researchers in COE Program.[19] In the same article, it's also ranked 11th in terms of the quality of education by GP (Japanese) funds per student.

It also has a good research standard in Economics, as RePec ranked Tsukuba as the 8th best Economics research university in January 2011.[20]

Graduate school rankings[edit]

Tsukuba's law school was ranked 19th in 2010 in the passing rate of the Japanese bar examination.[21]

Eduniversal ranked Tsukuba as 7th in the rankings of "Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links" in Japan.[22]

Alumni rankings[edit]

According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Tsukuba have the 64th best employment rate in 400 major companies in Japan.[23] By contrast, the alumni of Tsukuba's average salary is very high with the 8th best in Japan, according to PRESIDENT, Inc..[24]

Popularity and Selectivity[edit]

Given its high ranking among educational institutions in Japan, the entrance examination to University of Tsukuba is highly competitive. Overall difficulty is currently graded as "A1" or 2 on a ten-point scale.[25][26]


Undergraduate schools and colleges[edit]

  • School of Humanities and Culture
    • College of Humanities
    • College of Comparative Culture
    • College of Japanese Language and Culture
  • School of Social and International Studies
    • College of Social Sciences
    • College of International Studies
  • School of Human Sciences
    • College of Education
    • College of Psychology
    • College of Disability Sciences
  • School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    • College of Biological Sciences
    • College of Agro-Biological Resource Sciences
    • College of Geoscience
  • School of Science and Engineering
    • College of Mathematics
    • College of Physics
    • College of Chemistry
    • College of Engineering Sciences
    • College of Engineering Systems
    • College of Policy and Planning Sciences
  • School of Informatics
    • College of Information Sciences
    • College of Media Arts, Science and Technology
    • College of Knowledge and Library Sciences
  • School of Medicine and Medical Sciences
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Medical Sciences
  • School of Health and Physical Education
  • School of Art and Design

Graduate schools and programs[edit]

  • Master's Program in Education
    • School Leadership and Professional Development
    • Secondary Education
  • Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Philosophy
    • Doctoral Program in History and Anthropology
    • Doctoral Program in Literature and Linguistics
    • Master's Program in Modern Languages and Cultures
    • Doctoral Program in Modern Languages and Cultures
    • Master's Program in International Public Policy
    • Doctoral Program in International Public Policy
    • Master's Program in Economics
    • Doctoral Program in Economics
    • Master's Program in Law
    • Doctoral Program in Law
    • Master's Program in International Area Studies
    • Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies
  • Graduate School of Business Sciences (Programs for working individuals)
    • Master's Program in Systems Management
    • Master's Program in Advanced Studies of Business Law
    • Doctoral Program in Systems Management and Business Law
    • Law School Program
    • MBA Program in International Business
  • Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences
    • Master's Program in Mathematics
    • Doctoral Program in Mathematics
    • Master's Program in Physics
    • Doctoral Program in Physics
    • Master's Program in Chemistry
    • Doctoral Program in Chemistry
    • Doctoral Program in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology
    • Master's Program in Applied Physics
    • Doctoral Program in Applied Physics
    • Master's Program in Materials Science
    • Doctoral Program in Materials Science
    • Doctoral Program in Materials Sciences and Technology
  • Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
    • Master's Program in Policy and Planning Sciences
    • Master's Program in Service Engineering
    • Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences
    • Master's Program in Risk Engineering
    • Doctoral Program in Risk Engineering
    • Master's Program in Computer Science
    • Doctoral Program in Computer Science
    • Master's Program in Intelligent Interaction Technologies
    • Doctoral Program in Intelligent Interaction Technologies
    • Master's Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy
    • Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy
    • Master's Program in Social Systems Engineering
    • Master's Program in Business Administration and Public Policy
    • Doctoral Program in Social Systems and Management
  • Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences
    • Master's Program in Geosciences
    • Doctoral Program in Geoenvironmental Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences
    • Master's Program in Biological Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences
    • Master's Program in Agro-bioresources Science and Technology
    • Doctoral Program in Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Sustainable Development
    • Doctoral Program in Biosphere Resource Science and Technology
    • Doctoral Program in Life Sciences and Bioengineering
    • Doctoral Program in Bioindustrial Sciences
    • Master's Program in Environmental Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Sustainable Environmental Studies
    • Doctoral Program in Advanced Agricultural Technology and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences
    • Master's Program in Medical Sciences (Tokyo Campus (Evening Programs for Working Adults))
    • Master's Program in Sports and Health Promotion
    • Master's Program in Education Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Education
    • Doctoral Program in School Education
    • Master's Program in Psychology
    • Doctoral Program in Psychology
    • Master's Program in Disability Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Disability Sciences
    • Master's Program in Lifespan Development (Tokyo Campus (Evening Programs for Working Adults))
    • Doctoral Program in Lifespan Developmental Sciences (Tokyo Campus (Evening Programs for Working Adults))
    • Master's Program in Kansei, Behavioral and Brain Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Kansei, Behavioral and Brain Sciences
    • Master's Program in Nursing Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Nursing Sciences
    • Master's Program in Health and Sport Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
    • Master's Program in Art and Design
    • Doctoral Program in Art and Design
    • Master's Program in World Heritage Studies
    • Doctoral Program in World Cultural Heritage Studies
    • Doctoral Program in Human Care Science
    • Doctoral Program in Sports Medicine
    • Doctoral Program in Coaching Science
    • Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences
    • Doctoral Program in Clinical Sciences
  • Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies
    • Master's Program in Library, Information and Media Studies
    • Doctoral Program in Library, Information and Media Studies
  • School of Integrative and Global Majors (SIGMA)
    • Ph.D. Program in Human Biology
    • Ph.D. Program in Empowerment Informatics
    • Master's Program in Life Science Innovation
    • Doctoral Program in Life Science Innovation

Research centers[edit]

  • Center for Computational Sciences
  • Shimoda Marine Research Center
  • Gene Research Center
  • Plasma Research Center
  • University's inter-department education research institutes (Research)
    • Life Science Center of Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (Life Science Center of TARA)
    • International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (WPI-IIIS)
    • Agricultural and Forestry Research Center
    • Terrestrial Environment Research Center
    • Laboratory Animal Resource Center
    • Sugadaira Montane Research Center
    • Research Center for University Studies
    • Proton Medical Research Center
    • Tsukuba Industrial Liaison and Cooperative Research Center
    • Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development
    • Research Center for Knowledge Communities
    • Tsukuba Research Center for Interdisciplinary Materials Science
    • Special Needs Education Research Center
    • The Alliance for Research on North Africa
    • Academic Computing and Communications Center
    • Research Facility Center for Science and Technology
    • Radioisotope Center
    • Tsukuba Critical Path Research and Education Integrated Leading Center
    • Center for Cybernics Research
  • University's inter-department education research institutes (Student Support)
    • Foreign Language Center
    • Sport and Physical Education Center
    • International Student Center
    • Admission Center
    • University Health Center

University libraries[edit]

  • Central Library (Central Area, Tsukuba Campus)
  • Art and Physical Education Library (South Area, Tsukuba Campus)
  • Medical Library (West Area, Tsukuba Campus)
  • Library on Library and Information Science (Kasuga Area, Tsukuba Campus)
  • Otsuka Library (Tokyo Bunkyo School Building)[27][28]

University hospital[edit]

  • University of Tsukuba Hospital (Tsukuba Campus)[29]

Laboratory schools[edit]

  • Education Bureau of the Laboratory Schools
  • Elementary School, University of Tsukuba (ja)
  • Junior High School at Otsuka
  • Junior High School at Komaba
  • Senior High School at Otsuka
  • Senior High School at Komaba
  • Senior High School at Sakado
  • Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired
  • Special Needs Education School for the Deaf
  • Special Needs Education School for the Mentally Challenged
  • Special Needs Education School for the Physically Challenged
  • Special Needs Education School for Children with Autism

Famous alumni[edit]







See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "University of Tsukuba Homepage (English)". Campus Life. University of Tsukuba. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Outline of Tsukuba City | Tsukuba Science City Network". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  4. ^ "University of Tsukuba's Official HP=". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Organizations with ties to CCEP CCEP, accessed 2011-03-19
  6. ^ "University of Tsukuba|Prospectus|About the University|ConceptConcept". Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  7. ^ "University of Tsukuba|International |Promotion of Internationalization in Everyday Life|List of Overseas Partner UniversitiesList of Overseas Partner Universities". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  8. ^ "Overseas Offices". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Universities - Study in Japan(Japanese university) - Global30". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Selection for the FY 2014 Top Global University Project" (PDF). MEXT. 
  11. ^ "University of Tsukuba Top Global University Project". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  12. ^ "Bank Group Participates in TICAD IV," African Development Bank (Tunis). 3 June 2008.
  13. ^ 【ノーベル賞受賞】大村智氏、常識破りの発想で治療薬開発 (1/5ページ) - 産経ニュース
  14. ^ "Top World University Rankings | US News Best Global Universities". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  15. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2015 | World University Ranking - 2015 | Top 500 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2015". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  16. ^ "University Rankings". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  17. ^ "Welcome to the World University Rankings". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  18. ^ "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan". Thomson Reuters.  (this raking includes non-educational institutions)
  19. ^ Weekly Diamond (ja), Diamond Inc. (ja) (February 27, 2010) The article PDF (Japanese)
  20. ^ Cite error: The named reference Rankings_RE_N was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  21. ^ "2010年(平成22年)新司法試験法科大学院別合格率ランキング -法科大学院seek-". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "University and business school ranking in Japan". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  24. ^ (November 4, 2006) (Japanese)
  25. ^ Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings
  26. ^ Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks Tsukuba's entrance difficulty as A1 (2nd most selective/out of 10 scales) in Japan. 危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版 (in Japanese). YELL books. 2011. 
  27. ^ University Library (the university's site)
  28. ^ Official website
  29. ^ Official website
  30. ^ "Yoshiyuki Sankai". Forbes. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 

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Coordinates: 36°06′41″N 140°06′14″E / 36.11143°N 140.10383°E / 36.11143; 140.10383