University of Tsukuba

A public, multidisciplinary institution, the University of Tsukuba is one of the oldest Japanese Universities (established by the Japanese government) with a multidisciplinary research offer.

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In a nutshell

The University of Tsukuba is situated in Tsukuba Science City, Japan’s scientific and technological hub 80 kilometers from Tokyo. Over 20,000 students (including 2,000 international students) attend the “American-style” campus that is spacious, green and user-friendly. In September 2014, the University of Tsukuba was awarded the “Top Global University Project” by the Japanese ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technologies. This distinction represents significant funding which supports the strengthening of the university’s international profile.

Our collaboration

Since 2013, the collaboration between the University of Tsukuba and the University of Bordeaux has significantly developed. The two universities are partners via the project “Campus-in-Campus” which aims to internationalize universities through student exchanges and joint education programs. Tsukuba’s position as a strategic partner of the University of Bordeaux gives this partnership a strong institutional dimension. Various field of study are concerned: biology, microbiology, medicine, neurosciences, also computer sciences, electronics, economics, sociology, anthropology and psychology.

Dates and key figures

  • November 2013: Establishment of a Bordeaux-Tsukuba Liaison Office with the support of the Initiative of Excellence Bordeaux.
  • 2015: Signature of a “Memorandum of Understanding” for the Campus-in-Campus project which will feature a catalogue of distance-learning courses (JukeBox Course) for students from both universities.
  • Since February 2013: Exchanges of lecturer-researchers (10 lecturer-researchers from UT welcomed to UBx; 8 lecturer-researchers from UBx welcomed to UT).
  • Since September 2015: Signature of a convention for the implementation of a joint masters (with the National Taiwan University) in agrobioscience as well as the development of a double diploma in plant biology (launched in September 2016).
  • Since June 2011: 75 students welcomed to respective “summer schools” (UBx biology, UT neurosciences) and 22 students welcomed for internships (Master or University Diploma in technology).
  • On-going: various research projects in microbiology (2 co-tutelles), neurosciences and biology.
  • 2016: Financial support obtained from the Erasmus+ International Mobility Credits program to encourage student and staff mobility between the two universities.
  • 2018: Evaluation of the collaboration between UT and the University of Bordeaux via a qualitative review. Visit of a UT delegation to Bordeaux.
  • 2019: Organization of a computer science workshop in Bordeaux bringing together over 20 lecturer-researchers, students and PhD students.
  • Yearly participation at the "Tsukuba Global Science Week".

Our university intends to contribute to the international society by demonstrating leadership as an innovative, unique, and cosmopolitan center of knowledge with an influential voice on the international scene, under the slogan ‘Imagine the future’.

Kyosuke Nagata — President of the University of Tsukuba

The beginning

1872: Foundation of the Normal School University of Tokyo which is later moved to Tsukuba by J. Kano, founder of modern Judo.  

1973: Foundation of the University of Tsukuba. 

Updated on 20/03/2020

More information

For more information, please consult the University of Tsukuba website.