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University of Tsukuba
The seal of the University of Tsukuba
Motto None
Established October, 1973 (Originally in 1872)
Type Public (National)
President Yoichi Iwasaki
Staff 4,129[1]
Students 16,584[2]
Undergraduates 10,211
Postgraduates 6,373
Location Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
Campus Urban
Mascot None
Outside the Main Library
The University of Tsukuba has a modern campus

The 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. [1]. Furthermore, Global University Ranking places the university 41st globally.[3]

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.

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.[4]


Points of interest

Famous alumni





  • Yutaka Emura - President of Emurasoft, developer of EmEditor text editor.
  • Kota Matsuda - CEO of Tully's Coffee Japan
  • Daiyuu Nobori - CEO of Softether




  • Toshio Iwai - Media artist and game designer
  • Nobumichi Tosa - Media artist of the Maywa Denki art unit


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Coordinates: 36°06′41″N 140°06′14″E / 36.11143°N 140.10383°E / 36.11143; 140.10383


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