The University of Tokyo actively engages in researcher exchange with overseas institutions. Of all the countries, the United States leads in the number of researchers both dispatched from and accepted to UTokyo. The University also enjoys close ties with China, South Korea, and other countries in Asia. Many exchanges likewise take place with institutions in Europe.
One indicator of a researcher’s achievements is how frequently their academic papers are cited by others. Papers by researchers at the University of Tokyo are highly cited, highlighting the University’s research excellence.
※Number of times that UTokyo papers published from 2012-2016 were cited by papers indexed in Web of Science during the same five-year period (Source: data from the Essential Science Indicators database, accessed on March 9, 2017)
In addition to the General Library on the Hongo Campus, many University organizations maintain collections of books in their own libraries. Materials kept include not only Japanese books, but also journals and numerous books written in languages other than Japanese.
The University of Tokyo offers an extensive range of support for entrepreneurial members of the University community who want to start companies that utilize research and educational outcomes produced at the University. Approximately 280 UTokyo-related start-ups have been established, and that number continues to grow.
The number of UTokyo professors and alumni receiving Nobel Prizes also underscores the University’s commitment to excellence. Professor Takaaki Kajita, who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, researched under Special University Professor Emeritus Masatoshi Koshiba, one of the Nobel Prize in Physics recipients in 2002. In 2016, Honorary Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The significant research breakthroughs that contributed to Professor Ohsumi receiving this recognition were made during his time as an associate professor at the University of Tokyo.
The University of Tokyo counts among its alumni numerous talented individuals who have helped guide the nation. Some of these individuals have gone on to lead Japan as prime ministers, cementing their names into Japanese history.
Spaceflight, a dream held by many, requires a high level of expertise and the ability to endure life in space. Five UTokyo graduates have undergone rigorous training and achieved this dream, and this number is certain to continue soaring to new heights.