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University of Tsukuba

The University of Tsukuba aims to establish free exchange and close relationships in both basic and applied sciences with educational and research organizations and academic communities in Japan and overseas. While developing these relationships, we intend to pursue education and research to cultivate men and women with creative intelligence and rich human qualities.

PhD Programmes



Our university was established in October 1973, due to the relocation of its antecedent, the Tokyo University of Education, to the Tsukuba area. As the new concept 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."


Of course, these facilities and resources help distinctive studies for our researchers and students, some research centers open its facilities and resources to domestic and international researchers as joint-use facility and national core of various bio resources.


Based on its founding principles, the University of Tsukuba is fostering human resources who have "internationality", "future vision", and "problem-solving" ability. Our graduates are highly appreciated in various fields such as private companies, government offices, education and other fields.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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260 -10
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Student services

The training facilities at the University of Tsukuba are established with the aim of facilitating various activities of students, staff, and faculty members of the university such as training, extracurricular activities, and recreation.

Housing services

There are plenty of welfare facilities in the University of Tsukuba so that the university students and faculty members can spend comfortable college life. In each area on campus, there are cafeterias, coffee shops, book stores, and commodity shops. In addition, there are electric goods store, beauty shop, parlor, public bath, and coin shower in Residence Hall Area.

Library services

The University of Tsukuba Library is dedicated to be the core of academic information through cooperation with the local community, research laboratories and educational organizations in Japan and overseas.

The Libray consists of the Central Library and four specialized libraries (Art and Physical Education Library, Medical Library, Library on Library and Information Science, and Otsuka Library).

ICT services

The University of Tsukuba offers unique world class facilities and resources in each academic field including a supercomputer, accelerator, plasma confinement device, biomass cultivation facility, sports science laboratory, partial radiation therapy equipment, and bio resources.

Medical services

University of Tsukuba Hospital is a major teaching hospital of the University of Tsukuba, School of Medicine and has led the country in providing innovative training programs in residencies and fellowships in various specialties. As a teacing hospital, the hospital provides multidisciplinary education to students in various areas of specialty.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Tsukuba campus is located between Higashi Odori and Nishi Odori which run north to south and is divided into five areas.

  • North area: Ichonoya student dormitory
  • Central area: School of Humanities and Culture, School of Social and International Studies, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, School of Science and Engineering, School of Informatics, School of Human Sciences
  • South area: School of Health and Physical Education, School of Art and Design, Hirasuna and Oikoshi student dormitory
  • West area: Cluster of Medical Sciences
  • Kasuga area: School of Informatics

Sports facilities

  • Seishiki
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Softvolleyball
  • Handball
  • Tennis
  • Dodgeball
  • Orienteering

Student clubs

Yamanaka Training Center is used as a training facility for faculty and students of National University Corporations in the Kanto Koshin Etsu area (comprising Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Nagano, and Yamanashi). Students and faculty can enjoy seminars and club activities here throughout the four seasons. The training center is located on Yamanka Lake, which is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes and at 981m above sea level. It is also the 3rd highest lake (after Chuzenji and Haruna). It is a picturesque area, comfortably cool even in the summer, and a perfect place from which to view the stunning Mt. Fuji.

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