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Teaching staff approx. 1,900
Undergraduate students approx. 9,900
Graduate students approx. 6,800
International students approx. 1,700
Undergraduate School School of Humanities and Culture
School of Social and International Studies
School of Human Sciences
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
School of Science and Engineering
School of Informatics
School of Medicine and Medical Sciences
School of Health and Physical Education
School of Art and Design
Graduate Schools Master's Program in Education
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Graduate School of Business Sciences
Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences
Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences
Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies

University of Tsukuba

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History and Outstanding Features

The University of Tsukuba was established in 1973 as an innovative type of university, as well as the new incarnation of the Tokyo University of Education, which specialized in education and teacher training.

This innovation was principally to be found in its critical emphasis on research.

The University is committed to training young talent able to take on the central role in national technological strategy in the future, by focusing on postgraduate education and research in its Graduate Schools and affiliated Research Organizations.

This has allowed the University to make a clear differentiation between itself and other establishments. It is a center of training for research leaders in diverse fields, including talented students in sport and art-related disciplines.

The University has also been home to three Nobel Laureates: Dr. Hideki Shirakawa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2000, Dr. Leo Esaki, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1973, and Dr. Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1965. All three men spent considerable time at the University of Tsukuba.

Jigoro Kano was an educator who was committed to promoting Japanese judo throughout the world, and who made significant contributions to the development of physical education and sports in Japan and the promotion of the Olympic movement. He was active in the latter half of the 19th century, just after Japan had opened itself up to the rest of the world. He was also the President of the Tokyo Higher Normal School, later to become the Tokyo University of Education, the predecessor of the University of Tsukuba.

It should be clear, then, that the University of Tsukuba has long cultivated a climate as a research-focused university that strives to welcome outstanding researchers and educators.