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The University of Tsukuba, one of the oldest national universities (established

by Japanese Government) and one of the most comprehensive research universities

in Japan, is in the city of Tsukuba (known as Tsukuba Science City), Ibaraki

Prefecture in the Kantō region of Japan. The university has 28 college clusters

and schools with around 16,500 students (as of 2014). The main Tsukuba campus

covers an area of 258 hectares (636 acres), making it the second largest single

campus in Japan. The branch campus is in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, which offers graduate

programs for working adults in the capital and manages K-12 schools in Tokyo

that are attached to the university.

【Internationalization】

Their founding philosophy states the University of Tsukuba is “a university

which is open to all within and outside of Japan.” The university is also known

for its internationalization efforts. It has won Japanese government funding

projects for internationalization of Japanese universities, including the

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Global 30”

Project and the “Super Global University Project” (formally known as “Top Global

University Project”). In the Super Global University Project, University of

Tsukuba won Type A funding, which is for 13 elite Japanese universities to be

ranked in the top 100 in global university rankings by 2023. Their initiative

includes expanding the number of courses and degree programs taught in English

only, sharing faculty members with partner institutions such as National Taiwan

University, University of Bordeaux, and University of California, Irvine to

promote education and research collaboration, and establishing so-called “Course

Jukebox System” which enables their and partner institutions’ students to take

partner institutions’ courses as if they are at their original institution.

In 2004, the university established the Alliance for Research on North Africa

(ARENA) as an academic research center with the purpose of promoting

comprehensive research concerning the North African Region through integration

of humanities and sciences. Since then, ARENA has been expanding its research

fields, and the university established a branch office in Tunis, Tunisia in

2006. The University of Tsukuba is also accepting African students through the

ABE initiative, which was initiated by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and is

bringing 1,000 African graduate students to Japanese universities in five years

from 2014. The University of Tsukuba is planning and leading Japan-Africa

Academic Network (JAAN) initiative to bring together all the Japanese

universities’ resources for Africa and to deepen the academic relationship

between Japan and Africa.

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 the AfDB, and the president of University of Tsukuba

signed a memorandum of understanding during the three-day event.In 2009, the

University of Tsukuba participated in the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education

Organization’s (SEAMEO) affiliated member, and it has been cooperating in the

development of education in the ASEAN region. The university is a member of AIMS

program, which is to promote regional student mobility among the ASEAN and

participated countries including Japan.

As of August 2015, the university has over 300 international inter-university

agreements and 13 overseas offices in 12 countries, located in Brazil, China,

Germany, France, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Tunisia, Taiwan, United

States, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

【Its history】

The university was established in October 1973. A forerunner was Tokyo

University of Education which was founded in 1872. It was one of the oldest

universities in Japan, Tokyo Higher Normal School Tōkyō Shihan Gakkō). In

October 2002, the University of Tsukuba merged with the University of Library

and Information Science Toshokan jōhō daigaku). The School of Library and

Information Science and the Graduate School of Library and Information – Media

Studies were established. It has provided several Nobel Prize winners, such as

Leo Esaki, Hideki Shirakawa and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. Dr. Satoshi Ōmura was an

auditor at Tokyo University of Education.