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University of Tsukuba

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)
Admin. staff 4,129[1]
Students 16,584[2]
Undergraduates 10,211
Postgraduates 6,373
Location Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
Campus Urban
Mascot None

University of Tsukuba (筑波大学 Tsukuba daigaku), one of the oldest national universities in Japan, is located in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture in the Kantō region of Japan. The University has 28 college clusters and schools with a total of around 15,000 students (in 2003). The main Tsukuba campus covers an area of 258 hectares (636 acres), making it the largest single campus in Japan.[3]

It is famous for research in physics, economics, [4] The university is one of the Japanese elite institutions of higher education as part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's thirteen "Global 30" selected Project universities.[5]


  • History 1
  • Academic rankings 2
    • General rankings 2.1
    • Research performance 2.2
    • Graduate school rankings 2.3
    • Alumni Rankings 2.4
    • Popularity and Selectivity 2.5
  • Organization 3
    • Schools and Colleges 3.1
    • Graduate Schools 3.2
    • Research Centers 3.3
    • University Library 3.4
    • University Hospital 3.5
    • Laboratory Schools 3.6
  • Famous alumni 4
    • Politicians 4.1
    • Academics 4.2
    • Businessmen 4.3
    • Athletes 4.4
    • Entertainers 4.5
    • Artists 4.6
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7
  • Gallery 8


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.

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.[6]

The University of Tsukuba has provided several Nobel Prize winners so far, such as Leo Esaki, Hideki Shirakawa and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga.

Academic rankings

University rankings (overall)
Shimano National[7] Selectivity A1
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version)[8]
General 20
ARWU Asia[9] Research 19–26 out of 22,000 universities in Asia
University rankings (by subject)
Social Sciences & Humanities



RePec National[10] Research 3


Natural Sciences & Technology


T.Reuters National[11] Research 8
* T. Reuters World rankings include non-educational institutions

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

General rankings

The positions in the University ranking is depending on the subjects, however, generally it has higher rankings in social science field such as Economics (#3 in Japan) or Law (#5 in Japan.) In 2010 QS World University Rankings[12] ranked University of Tsukuba as the 20th best university in QS Asian University rankings.[8] The 2012 "QS top 50 under 50",[13] ranks Tsukuba joint 13th (with Hong Kong Polytechnic University) – the only Japanese institution on the list.

The university is ranked one of the top Asian universities (19th–26th) in the “Academic Ranking of World Universities".[14] Global University Ranking places the university 41st globally.[15] Traditionally, the university has been famous for its social science and international studies, and the latest Toyo Keizai (週刊東洋経済, one of Japanese magazine) 2010, one of the most influential economic magazines in Japan,[16] ranked the School of Social and International Studies (社会国際学類) as No.1 among international, social science departments (which include Economics, Law, Politics, and Sociology) in Japan. It also ranked those courses as most selective.

Research performance

Tsukuba is one of the leading research institutions in Japan. According to Thomson Reuters, Tsukuba is the 9th best research university in Japan. Its research standard is especially high in Biology & Biochemistry (8th in Japan, 155th in the world).[17]

Weekly Diamond (ja) reported that Tsukuba has the 27th highest research standard in Japan in terms of research fundings per researchers in COE Program.[18] 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.[10]

Graduate school rankings

Tsukuba has a Law school which is widely opened for the people who have work experiences. Currently it is ranked 19th in 2010 in the passing rate of Japanese Bar Examination.[19]

Eduniversal ranked Tsukuba as 7th in the rankings of "Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links " in Japan.[20]

Alumni Rankings

According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Tsukuba have the 64th best employment rate in 400 major companies in Japan.[21] By contrast, the alumni of Tsukuba's average salary is very high with the 8th best in Japan, according to the PRESIDENT (Japanese).[22]

Popularity and Selectivity

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.[23][24]


Schools and Colleges

These organization correspond to the undergraduate course.

  • 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

  • Master's Program in Education
    • School Leadership and Professional Development
    • Secondary Education
    • Special Needs Education
  • Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Philosophy
    • History and Anthropology
    • Literature and Linguistics
    • Modern Languages and Cultures
    • International Public Policy
    • Economics
    • Law
    • International Area Studies
    • International and Advanced Japanese Studies
  • Graduate School of Business Sciences
    • 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
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Nano-Science and Nano-Technology
    • Applied Physics
    • Materials Sciences
    • Materials Sciences and Technology (Only Doctoral Program)
  • Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
    • Policy and Planning Sciences
    • Risk Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Intelligent Interaction Technologies
    • Engineering Mechanics and Energy
  • 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
    • 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)
    • PhD Program in Human Biology

Research Centers

  • 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 Library

  • 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)[25][26]

University Hospital

  • University of Tsukuba Hospital (Tsukuba Campus)[27]

Laboratory Schools

  • 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







See also


  1. ^ "The University of Tsukuba: Staff Figures (Japanese)". Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ "The University of Tsukuba: Student Figures (Japanese)". Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  3. ^ "University of Tsukuba Homepage (English)". Campus Life. University of Tsukuba. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  4. ^ Organizations with ties to CCEP CCEP, accessed 2011-03-19
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Bank Group Participates in TICAD IV," African Development Bank (Tunis). 3 June 2008.
  7. ^ "GBUDU University Rankings" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Japan". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Top 25% Institutions and Economists in Japan, as of January 2011". REPEC. 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Thomson Reuters 10 Top research institutions by subject in Japan" (in Japanese). Thomson Reuters. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results". 
  13. ^ "QS top 50 under 50". 
  14. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2012
  15. ^
  16. ^ TOYOKEIZAI Online, Back Issues (Japanese)
  17. ^ "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan" (in Japanese). Thomson Reuters.  (this raking includes non-educational institutions)
  18. ^ Weekly Diamond (ja), Diamond Inc. (ja) (February 27, 2010) The article PDF (Japanese)
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  22. ^ (November 4, 2006) (Japanese)
  23. ^ Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ University Library (the university's site)
  26. ^ Official website
  27. ^ Official website

External links

  • Official website
  • Official website for English Program


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