On-site laboratories

Kyoto University launched an 'on-site laboratory' initiative in September 2018 as part of a strategy implemented under the education ministry's Designated National University (DNU) program. The initiative involves KyotoU departments/centers and their overseas partners collaboratively establishing laboratories, each to be hosted by either or both of the participating institutions and locally managed.

These centers are tasked with conducting world-leading advanced research, developing quality human capital, recruiting talented international students, and expanding collaboration with industrial partners. Through these efforts, Kyoto University aims to strengthen its institutional infrastructure with a view to playing a greater role in international academia and among the world's leading institutions, as well as further contributing to Japan's development and innovation.


KyotoU on-site laboratories

(As of 1 March 2020)

No Laboratory name Graduate School/Institute involved Partner institution City


Year approved for establishment
1 Kyoto University Research Center San Diego Graduate School of Medicine The University of California San Diego San Diego USA 2018
2 IFOM-KU Joint Research Laboratory Graduate School of Medicine The FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM) Kyoto Japan  2018
3 Kyoto University-Tsinghua University Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology

Graduate School of Engineering

Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES)

The Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University Shenzhen China 2018
4 Kyoto University On-Site Laboratory at Mahidol University for Educational and Research Collaboration in Environmental Studies GSGES Mahidol University Bangkok Thailand 2018
5 Kyoto University Shanghai Lab Institute for Chemical Research Fudan University Shanghai China  2019
6 Center for Advanced Genomic Field Science Primate Research Institute Makerere University Kampala Uganda 2019
7 iPS Cell Research Center at Gladstone Institutes Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) Gladstone Institutes San Francisco USA 2019
8 Smart Materials Research Center Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), KUIAS Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) Rayong Thailand  2018
9 Center for Integrated Biosystems KUIAS-iCeMS Academia Sinica Taipei Taiwan  2019
10 Quantum Nano Medicine Center KUIAS-iCeMS The University of California Los Angeles Kyoto Japan  2019

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