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The Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities

Since being selected for the “Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities” by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2013, we have established international collaborative research groups for life sciences, natural sciences, and humanities and social sciences to globalize and strengthen our research activities. Under the management of top professors in each research group, we invite researchers from abroad, recruit talented young researchers, regularly hold international seminars, establish overseas joint laboratories, and do much more.

Institutions Collaborating with Kumamoto University (2011-2020)

Kumamoto University is currently working with 2,761 international institutions and we actively promote new collaborations to deliver quality research.

Top 10 Institutional Collaborations by Number of Publications



Number of Publications


1 National Institutes of Health (NIH) - USA 160 USA
2 Harvard University 118 USA
3 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) 110 FRANCE
4 NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) 101 USA
5 University of California System 97 USA
6 University of Southern California 70 USA
7 nstitut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (Inserm) 68 FRANCE
8 University of Texas System 65 USA
9 University of Sydney 63 AUSTRALIA
9 National University of Singapore 63 SINGAPORE
9 University of Oxford 63 ENGLAND
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