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University of Tsukuba is the core institution of Tsukuba Science City and an excellent environment for study and research
The University of Tsukuba, founded in October 1973, is one of Japan's leading comprehensive universities. We are proud that three Nobel laureates have served as President or faculty.
a) Tsukuba Campus and the City of Tsukuba Located at the center of Tsukuba Science City, the university grew simultaneously with the development of the city. This science city is well-known internationally for its large concentration of major research institutes such as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK). The name "Tsukuba" has attained high international esteem for its multitude of research accomplishments. The main Tsukuba campus covers an area of 258 hectares (636 acres), making it the largest single campus in Japan. Moreover, both the campus and the city are surrounded by beautiful nature. It is, however, not far from the metropolitan district. The Tsukuba Express, the new train system that began its service in the summer of 2005, now connects downtown Tsukuba and Akihabara, Tokyo in 45 minutes. Tsukuba is about 60 km (36 miles) northeast of Tokyo.
b) Satellite and Off-campus Facilities Outside the Tsukuba campus, there are many facilities, including marine and mountain research centers, training centers, forests, and a boat house. There are also 11 laboratory schools, administered by the Education Bureau of the Laboratory Schools. Moreover, at the Tokyo campus, the Graduate School of Business Sciences offers evening courses in International Business, and at Akihabara Daibiru Building, which is also located in Tokyo, evening courses in Law are offered.
The University of Tsukuba is a relatively new university, yet in fact, it has a long and distinguished history in the Japanese university system. Its origin dates back more than 130 years to the Meiji Era when Japan started its modernization. What is now the University of Tsukuba was founded in 1872 as the Normal School (which later became the Tokyo Higher Normal School), the first teachers' college in Japan. Its successor, the Tokyo University of Education, founded in 1947, moved to this Tsukuba area in 1973. In October, 2002, the University of Library and Information Science was merged with the University of Tsukuba.
Traditionally, education has been strong as the University of Tsukuba's predecessor institution, the Tokyo University of Education, was originally established to train teachers. We are also well known for research and advancement in a number of fields, particularly the sciences, robotics, medicine, the social sciences, and sports. In the areas of physics and chemistry, three Nobel Prize laureates have served as either president or faculty (two in physics and one in chemistry). The former President of the University of Tsukuba is well known for developing massively parallel computers for computational physics, which, at the time of their development in 1996, were the fastest supercomputers in the world. In 2005, a team of researchers developed the robot suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb), which can expand and improve the physical capabilities of humans. This invention has attracted much attention around the world, and was awarded the 2005 World Technology Award. Our School of Medical Sciences is famous for producing well-trained doctors, nurses, and medical experts. In fact, the quality of service offered at the University Hospital satisfies the world's highest standards as set forth by the ISO9001 quality management system. In the social sciences, a large-scale survey of civil society organizations has been conducted in more than 10 countries. The University of Tsukuba also has a distinguished history in the field of sports, and the School of Health and Physical Education is proud of its accomplishments in the Olympic Games. We have well over 50 athletes, currently enrolled, graduated, or teaching, who have competed in the Olympics. Jigoro Kano, the first principal of the Tokyo Higher Normal School (predecessor of the University of Tsukuba), became well known in the early 20th century as the "Father of Judo," and was the leader of Japan's first Olympic team sent to Stockholm in 1912.
Strategic Plans to Advance Internationalization
We are convinced that international exchange gives enormous positive impacts on our research and educational activities. Grounded in this basic philosophy, we have been encouraging many students from abroad to study at our campus. As of December 2010, we have 1,944 international students, including full-time degree-seeking students as well as short-term exchange students, from 101 countries. By the year 2020, we plan to accept 4,500 international students and increase the number of foreign faculty members to 160. This means that one in four students and one in ten professors will be from overseas. To realize this goal, the University of Tsukuba plans to focus on the following key pillars:
a) Establishment of a Variety of Degree Programs offered in English Currently, 148 undergraduate and 272 graduate courses are taught in English, and 23 degree programs are offered at the graduate level.
b) Improvement of Campus Environment for International Students To improve the campus environment for international students studying at the University of Tsukuba, we plan to achieve the following: improve dormitory rooms and facilities; expand the student counseling system; promote multilingual documents within the campus; strengthen support for administrative assistance, etc. In particular, concerning the student dormitories, of the presently about 4,000 rooms available, international students are given priority, and nearly all international students requesting rooms in the dorms have moved in. As the number of international students is expected to rise, we will prepare to accommodate more students. Furthermore, financial aid programs, Japanese language and culture learning opportunities, and career support systems will be expanded.
Overseas Office for Shared Utilization by Universities
Currently, we have overseas offices in Tunis (Tunisia), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Beijing (China) and Bonn (Germany). Among them, the Tunis office, North African and Mediterranean Centre for Research and Education (CANMRE) was assigned as an "Overseas Office for Shared Utilization by Universities." Since 2006, CANMRE has been acting as a gateway for academic cooperation with North African and Mediterranean countries. Based on our experiences and our academic network in North Africa, we will carry out the following activities as an Overseas Office for Shared Utilization by Universities:
-Information sharing/distribution between universities by establishing Japan-North Africa Academic Network
-Information-giving and support toward North African students for studying in Japan via seminars, websites and personal consultation
-Cooperation to implement on-site entrance examination through TV conference systems
-Promotion and support of Japanese students and professors' activities in North Africa
Overseas Office for Shared Utilization by Universities in Tunisia
Bureau de Universite de TSUKUBA a Tunis pour les Universites Japonaises Centre de l'Afrique du Nord et de la Mediterranee pour la Recherche et l'Enseignement (CANMRE)
Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie 43, Avenue Charles Nicole, 1082 Cit El Mahrajene-Tunis, TUNISIE
BP 277, Cit El Mahrajene, 1082 Tunis TUNISIE