Facilitating Government Research Exchange
Great effort is being put into the promotion of industry-academia-government collaboration and the development of entrepreneurial ventures in Tsukuba Science City. More than 205 venture companies have had their start in Tsukuba, and Tsukuba University is ranked number two nationally for number of university-launched venture companies.
Tsukuba Science City Network
Based on the future vision of Tsukuba Science City, the Tsukuba Science City Network members, who share research exchange and common outlooks on issues, are working closely together to create a well-rounded international city. Various businesses have been established, ranging from national and private organizations to private research and educational institutes. Their efforts include focusing on building a low-carbon society, development of human resources, and promotion of internationalization.
Tsukuba Center, Inc
Ibaraki Prefecture, the Development Bank of Japan Inc., and private entities invested in the 1988 establishment of Tsukuba Center, Inc. The center promotes exchange and collaboration among researchers from industry, academia, and government by cultivating research and development venture companies, providing space for meetings between financiers and venture companies, and offering laboratories for rent.
Science Academy of Tsukuba
Dr. Leo Esaki, a recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, and former head of Tsukuba University, helped establish the Science Academy of Tsukuba in 2000. The work of the academy includes holding research exchange programs, such as research paper presentations from active scientists and engineers, providing space for subjective and informal research exchange, and holding seminars in science and technology.