University of Tsukuba

University of Tsukuba (筑波大学 Tsukuba daigaku?) 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 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 Shihan Gakko.

The university is ranked one of the top Asian universities (9th to 17th) in the “Academic Ranking of World Universities” and is ranked 102-150 in the world. Furthermore, Global University Ranking places the university 41st globally.
The University of Tsukuba has had several Nobel Prize winners so far, namely Leo Esaki, Hideki Shirakawa and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga.

The University of Tsukuba is famous in the research of physical education, physics and economics.[citation needed]
On July 11, 1991 Japanese translator Hitoshi Igarashi was stabbed to death at the University for translating Salman Rushdie's most famous novel The Satanic Verses.

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 AfDB and the President of Tsukuba University signed a memorandum of understanding during the three-day event.

Tsukuba university was established in October 1973, due to the relocation of its antecedent, the Tokyo University of Education, to the Tsukuba area. As the first comprehensive university in Japan to be established under a country-wide university reform plan, the University has featured "Openness" with "New Systems for Education and Research" under a "New University Administration." The university reform plays a major role in our continuing effort for improvemnet. We are striving to create a unique, active, and internationally competitive university with superlative education and research facilities.


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 Science
• 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

University of Tsukuba ranked:

174th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

172nd in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

186th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking

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