• Research Centers

    Nationwide joint-use institutes

    Providing large-scale facilities for joint use and Conducting joint research, information exchange and human exchange on a national scale

    Center for Computational Sciences

    The center carries out research in natural, life, and environmental sciences using large-scale numerical simulations and data analyses. To advance these researches, the center carries out R&D in high performance computing and networking systems, and applications of novel information technologies. The center was formerly the Center for Computational Physics founded in April 1996; it has been reorganized and expanded with the addition of research areas for materials and life sciences, earth and bio environmental sciences, and computational informatics. The center is an inter-university facility open to researchers throughout Japan.

    Shimoda Marine Research Center

    Shimoda Marine Research Center (SMRC), University of Tsukuba, located on the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula, is a facility for research and education on marine biology. The marine environment around here is diverse and rich in littoral fauna and flora, providing excellent resources for marine biology. Marine organisms have been providing unique systems in basic biology and contribute in recent life sciences. Now they are especially focused due to the environmental issues and biodiversity. We are doing research and education on marine organisms from molecular to ecological levels for the comprehensive understanding of life and the benefit of human society and environments.

    Gene Research Center

    The center manages laboratory equipment and systems for recombinant DNA experiments and provides them for gene technologies and applied research and education. It also promotes further development of life science and education.

    Plasma Research Center

    The center carries out advanced research and education in plasma physics and its applications (especially, improvement of plasma confinement and performance with electric potential and electric field) and development of related facilities. It promotes mutual research cooperation of plasma fusion science with universities and research institutes in Japan and abroad.


    University's inter-department education research institutes (Student Support)

    Center for Education of Global Communication (CEGLOC)

    The center conducts general language education for the entire university, manages the facilities and equipment required for that purpose and supports a basic research program for contributing to the improvement of language teaching methods and materials.

    Sport and Physical Education Center

    The center conducts general foreign language education for the entire university, manages the facilities and equipment required for that purpose and supports a basic research program for contributing to the improvement of foreign language teaching methods and materials.

    Admission Center

    The center conducts Admission Center entrance examinations, the special type of examinations for research-oriented students, and performs surveys and research on the procedures of selecting students. More details

    University Health Center

    The health center provides health examination, medical treatment, health consultations (in the domains of internal medicine, orthopedics, psychiatry, dentistry) and first-aid assistance to students and faculty. While contributing to the promotion of health after graduation and during employment, and to the prevention of health problems, it also provides psychiatric and mental health counseling for students. More details


    University's inter-department education research institutes (Research)

    Distinctive interdisciplinary research core
    Concentration of university resources and facilities in common use for education and research across the entire university

    Life Science Center of Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (Life Science Center of TARA)

    The center carries out advanced academic research to open up new interdisciplinary academic fields through its association with research institutes in Japan and abroad and is premised on returning research outcomes to society.

    The Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA)

    With linking North Africa's unique and various potentials with Japan's advanced science and technology, the ARENA aims to enhance academic research on North Africa and Islamic cultural areas, and develop a new academic field of "North African Studies." The research fields of the ARENA include Bioscience, Environment and Energy, Humanities and Social Sciences, and ICT and Innovation. The ARENA promotes interdisciplinary and comprehensive research on the area studies, with combining the four research fields. More details

    Academic Computing & Communications Center (ACCC)

    The Center supports research and education performed in the University through management of the campus network system, the campus wide computer system, authentication system, provision of security and media services. Also, it conducts research and development towards an advanced utilization of ever evolving ICT for providing the campus information environment. Within ACCC, the Office of Educational Cloud has been organized to provide the e-learning management system, remote lecture delivery service, automatic lecture recording service and Open Courseware (OCW), implemented on the Office’s own computational cloud infrastructure.

    Research Facility Center for Science and Technology

    The center manages four experimental facilities for scientific research and education, including tandem electrostatic accelerators, facilities for cryogenics, chemical analysis facilities, and engineering workshops.
    Tandem Accelerator Complex
    ► Cryogenics Division
    Chemical Analysis Division
    ► Engineering Workshop Division

    Center for Cybernics Research

    Center for Cybernics Research aims intends to contribute to the development of a new cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary field, known as "Cybernics," which is fusion of human, machine and information systems. It aimed to create innovation and the emergence of a new industry through assistive technologies that can support, increase, and expand human capabilities, together with the larger goal of making this country’s medical, nursing, and health care industry into the leading growth industry of Japan. Besides being a global leader in the field of human support technologies, the Center fosters world-class research and development personnel and works toward commercializing research achievements and returning them to society through industry-university-government cooperation. Through these activities, it seeks to pioneer the future of this country.

    Center for Research in Isotopes and Environmental Dynamics (CRiED)

    The Center for Research in Isotopes and Environmental Dynamics was established on December 1, 2012 by unification of the Radioisotope Center and the Terrestrial Environment Center to improve the ability for studying long-term effect of radionuclides in natural environment. The center consists of the Radiation Management Division and the Research Division. The Radiation Management Division manages radioisotopes, radiation facilities and X-ray generators, and trains researchers using radioisotopes. The research division conducts interdisciplinary research on redistribution of radionuclides in forest ecosystems and hydrological system.

    Radioisotope Research Section

    Using the facilities and previous accomplishments from a wide range of research regarding radioisotopes to develop simple but highly sensitive methods for measuring radiation, as well as new measurement methods under various environmental conditions. Additional objectives include performing fundamental research to practically apply these methods in analyses of physical properties, materials, functionality assessments, radioisotopes in environmental dynamics, and metabolic pathways.

    Terrestrial Isotope Transfer Processes Section

    Department of Environmental Radionuclide Transfer conducts the transfer of radionuclides diffused into the environment.
    They carry out the monitoring and modeling of water/sediment and particularly the transfer mechanism and comprehensive model of radionuclides which attached to the forest and soil by using the world highest technique in cooperation with IAEA, IRSN (France), and Plymouth University (UK).

    Environmental Dynamics & Prediction Section

    Aims to explain the transfer processes of radioactive substances on both regional and global scales through modeling, simulation, and measurement of material and water transfer in water and atmospheric environments.

    Research Center for University Studies

    The center was established in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (current Bunkyo School Building, Tokyo Campus, University of Tsukuba) in 1986 as one of the nation's most prominent research centers, aiming to conduct academic research on the function of universities and higher education institutions in Japan. It deploys energetic activities including providing research presentations through seminars and public research meetings, and cultivation of human resources for the university operations.

    Tsukuba Research Center for Interdisciplinary Materials Science (TIMS)

    The center aims to develop novel functional materials and to create innovative ideas in materials science through collaboration and integration of engineering and science.

    Mountain Science Center
    Website (Japanese Only)

    The Mountain Science Center (MSC) was founded in April 2017 by merging the former Sugadaira Montane Research Center with the University Forests, thereby expanding to encompass research areas such as earth sciences, biological sciences, environmental sciences and forest science. The center aims to establish mountain science as a comprehensive science and contribute to the creation of a safe, secure and active mountain community through the cooperation of industry, government and academia. The center manages Sugadaira Research Station, as well as Yatsugatake, Ikawa and Tsukuba Experimental Forest Stations and provides these facilities for field research and education.

    Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED)

    The center supports educational personnel development in developing countries and contributes to their enrichment and development. Furthermore, as a core center in Japan, it carries out research on educational development and international education cooperation in the field of basic education.

    Advanced Research Initiative for Human High Performance (ARIHHP)

    We facilitate "Health and Sport Sciences of the Next Generation" by applying advanced cognitive brain/life sciences and sports technologies. Based on our findings, we propose programs for exercise, nutrition and rest/sleep, techniques and tools for sports, and training methods that integrate all of these to elicit human high performance. Finally, we aim to contribute to society by using our achievements to make policy recommendations, promote life-long sports, and develop human resources.

    Laboratory Animal Resource Center

    To promote research and education in biomedical science, the center manages laboratory equipment and systems for animal experiments and provides supervision including the development, maintenance and supply of bio-resources including induced mutant mice.

    Research Center for Knowledge Communities

    The center conducts interdisciplinary research on knowledge communities that have evolved through advanced information networks. Its mission focuses on research and development of informatics geared toward the formation, representation, organization, interoperability, and evaluation of knowledge and information shared in the community.

    Proton Medical Research Center
    Website (Japanese Only)

    The center mainly conducts the advanced medical care of proton beam theraphy. It also manages equipments and facilities relevant to proton beam theraphy and provides them for research and education in the biomedical sciences and medical physics.

    Special Needs Education Research Center

    The center aims to preserve and further develop professionalism in the field of education for disabled children and to propose new research approaches in the framework of special support education.

    Agricultural and Forestry Research Center

    Major functions of Agricultural and Forestry Research Center are to offer classes on agricultural practice and to conduct experiments on agriculture and forestry.


    Institutes for Leading National Project

    International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (IIIS)

    The laboratory's target field is Sleep biomedicine, which is an inherently interdisciplinary field in terms of methodology, spanning molecular genetics, cellular biology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, medicinal chemistry, and clinical and social medicine. While focusing on sleep, the field is also interdisciplinary with respect to its integral research targets, e.g., studying mood disorders as well as metabolic diseases that are closely associated with pathological variations in sleep/wake states. Japan has been producing a number of researchers who have made significant accomplishments in the field of sleep biomedicine. Led by Director, prominent scientists from multiple research fields contributing to the neurobiology of sleep will come together. The mission of IIIS is to be a multidisciplinary, international hub for the research. By creating a hierarchically flat organization similar to "departments" in the U.S. academia, all scientists in the department freely discuss science with each other regardless of their age or career stage, constantly seeking for opportunities for formal and informal cooperation.

    Innovation Medical Research Institute

    The University of Tsukuba Innovation Medical Research Institute was established in 2012 as part of the "Global Science and Innovation Development Project Utilizing Community Resources through Industry-University Partnership" project supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). As a centre of innovation, the institute was jointly proposed by the University of Tsukuba and Keio University. The core function of the institute is to provide an inter-disciplinary and multi-functional space for innovative medical research by bringing together industry, academia and government under one roof. By leveraging on community resources, the institute aims to foster sustainable innovation, industry and employment. More details

    Tsukuba Clinical Research & Development Organization (T-CReDO)
    Website (Japanese Only)

    The center facilitates patient-oriented clinical research through expert education, the construction, and administration of various support systems. It aims to develop and expand novel medical technologies and devices as well as to contribute to preventive medicine.

    The Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center (ABES)

    The Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center (ABES) consistently promotes everything from basic research to experimental study and industrial application with the goal of implementing algae oil extraction as an alternative to petroleum fuels and creating a new industry. The center is the largest algae biomass center in Japan with approximately 50 faculty members, and it is the first "development research center" system in the university to be run exclusively on external funding.


    Other Educational Institutions

    Acupuncture and Physical Therapy Teacher Training School

    It is the only school for physical therapy teacher training designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. This "Physical Therapy", means a part of oriental medical therapies including acupuncture, moxibustion, "ANMA" massage (Japanese traditional massage) and "SIATSU" (finger pressure therapy). The mission is to train teachers of the physical therapy in charge of the vocational course of the school for the visually impaired, and to conduct basic and clinical research on the physical therapy. The school also provides acupuncture massage treatment for general outpatients, contributing to better health of local residents and providing an opportunity for students to learn the therapy. More details

    Center for Counseling and Rehabilitation Services (Tsukuba Campus)

    The Center provides people of various ages, including infants, school children, adults, and the elderly with professional counseling services concerning psychological or mental disorders, and strives to help them and their families address their problems. In addition, the Center is a place for conducting research on practical psychology and psychosomatic disorder as well as training professionals in this field.

    Center for Counseling and Development Support Services (Tokyo Campus)

    It's an educational counseling center for infants, pupils, students, and adults with a psychological or a developmental problem. The Center will provide support to help them overcome their problems. In addition, the Center is a place for conducting researches on clinical psychology and special needs education. Students of the Laboratory Schools of the University of Tsukuba have priority use of the Center.


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