Irvine Office

The University of Tsukuba Irvine Office was established in June 2014 a year after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Tsukuba and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), a Campus-in-Campus  (CiC) Research Partner.

The Regents of the University of California and the University of Tsukuba entered into an agreement in April 2013 to promote reciprocal interests in teaching and research activities, as well as to enhance understanding of their economic, cultural and social environments. 

Located along coastal Orange County in Southern California, UCI  shares many similar characteristics with the University of Tsukuba. Both are young universities and are recognized as a Top University under 50 in their respective countries. Moreover, both universities have three Nobel Prize laureates each in chemistry and physics. For the past several years,  possibilities have been explored to expand international collaborations and exchanges at departmental levels.


For the latest updates, please check the list of overseas partner universities in North America.


12 Aug 2019: UCI is No. 1 among Money magazine's "Best Colleges"

28 May - 2 June 2017: Vice President Benton heads University of Tsukuba delegation to NAFSA 2017

14-17 December 2015:  Ms. Lynn Willis, Regulatory Compliance Programs Manager, Risk and Regulatory Affairs, UCIrvine Health, was invited for a consulting visit to the University of Tsukuba Hospital last December 14-17, 2015.

9-11 December 2015: UCI and the University of Tsukuba held a three-day "science partnership conference" last December 9 to 11, 2015 at UCI on the theme "Exploring Complex Systems from Human Biology to Exercise Science". A compilation of abstracts presented at the conference can be downloaded here

November 2015: To investigate the current state of affairs regarding research grant compliance structures and measures in place at overseas partner universities to help foster an internationally compatible internal control system, Mr. Akihiro Tosaka and Mr. Daisuke Murata of the University of Tsukuba's Division of Accounting System visited UCI last November 23-24, 2015. University of Tsukuba Irvine Office Liaison, Dr. Shimako Kawauchi, was also able to arrange for the delegation to visit California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

October 2015: Prof. Koji Nomura, Organization for Educational Initiatives, and Associate Prof. Masahiro Tanaka, Research Center for University Studies, together with Mr. Akio Nakagami and Ms. Yumiko Baba of the Department of Educational Promotion of the University of Tsukuba visited UCI last October 28, 2015, and met with Prof. Diane O'Dowd, Vice Provost, Academic Personnel, Ms. Elizabeth Bennett, UCI Registrar, as well as Dr. Jacob Levin.

June 2015: Prof. Satoru Takahashi, Director of the University of Tsukuba's Laboratory Animal Resource Center and Head of its Transgenic Mouse Facility, visited UCI last June 26, 2015, to discuss ongoing and potential new research collaborations. In particular, he met with the following: Prof. Xing Dai, Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine; Assoc Prof. Grant McGregor, Developmental and Cell Biology, School of Biological Sciences; Prof. Kyoko Yokomori, Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine; Dr. Kazuhide Watanabe, Developmental Biology & Cancer Research; and Dr. Jacob Levin.


  • KIJIMA Joji: Director
  • KAWAUCHI Shimako:  Coordinator, University of California Irvine, U.S.A.
  • Luisa Calanag:  Coordinator, University of Tsukuba, Japan