Highest Quality and Volume of Research Publications Data on the Institute's Publication Output, Funding, and Human Resources

Data on Research Strengths

World University

Tokyo Tech is one of the top Japanese universities in prestigious world university rankings.

THE 4th
Times Higher Education
World University Rankings
4th in Japan / Overall: Top 251-300(2015)
* The overall ranking of each University ranked Top 251 to 300 is undisclosed.
QS 3rd
Quacquarelli Symonds
World University Rankings
3rd in Japan / Overall: 56th(2016)

Quality and Volume of Research Publications

According to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy on the top 128 Japanese universities in publication output, Tokyo Tech is in the top group for total number of publications (volume) and number of highly cited publications (quality). Only three Japanese universities are in this group, Tokyo Tech, University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, showing a strong presence in quality and quantity of research. [3]

V1Q1 Tokyo Tech

  • 1.

    V (Volume) represents the annual number of publications. V1: 1,000 or more, V2: 500 to 999, V3: 250 to 499

  • 2.

    Q (Quality) represents the percentage of papers in the top 10% of most-cited publications. Q1: 12% or more, Q2: 9% to less than 12%, Q3: 6% to less than 9%

  • Domestic Patent Registrations

    161 4th
    In fiscal year 2015, Tokyo Tech registered 161 domestic patents, ranking 4th in Japan.
    1st: University of Tokyo
    2nd: Tohoku University
    3rd: Kyoto Univeasity
    • Collaborative Research with Industry

      483 Collaborations 1.4 Bilion Yen in Revenue


    • Organizational

      13 Companies

    • Collaborative Research Chairs and Divisions

      13 Chairs & Divisions

      * As of August, 2016

    • Tokyo-Tech-Launched Venture Companies

      78 Companies

      * As of September, 2016


Tokyo Tech values diversity and actively supports all of its researchers regardless of age, nationality or gender.

Young Faculty 33%, Female Researchers 10%, International Students 13%, Female Graduate Studenst 16%

Research Funds

Tokyo Tech maintains top-class standing in fund revenue, ranking 1st among national university corporations three times since 2008.

Ratio of External Funds to Total Funds

Ratio of External Funds to Total Funds 3rd: 20.5%

* Fiscal year 2014



Tokyo Tech researchers have received recognition through numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize.

  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    Hideki Shirakawa
    PhD in Engineering
    Awarded in 2000 "for the discovery and development of conductive polymers" [7]
  • 2016 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine
    Yoshinori Ohsumi
    Honorary Professor
    Awarded in 2016 for "pioneering the molecular elucidation of autophagy, an essential intracellular, degradation system and when disordered, is linked to many diseases including neurodegeneration, cancer, and infection"
  • Benjamin Franklin Medal
    Kenichi Iga
    Professor Emeritus
    Awarded the 2013 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science for "the conception and development of the vertical cavity surface emitting laser and its multiple applications to optoelectronics"
  • Japan Prize
    Yasuharu Suematsu
    Honorary Professor
    Awarded in 2014 for "pioneering research on semiconductor lasers for high-capacity long-distance optical fiber communication"
  • Japan Prize
    Hideo Hosono
    Awarded in 2016 for "Creation of unconventional inorganic materials with novel electronic functions based on nano-structure engineering"