The President of the University of Tsukuba, Professor Kyosuke Nagata was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Higher Education from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

He was awarded the Honorary Doctorate by the Chancellor of UTM, Her Royal Highness (HRH) Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah at UTM 60th Convocation ceremony held at Dewan Sultan Iskandar, Johor Bahru campus.

Under his leadership, the University of Tsukuba aims to be an open university, creating a flexible education and research organization as well as having a new university system that would meet the needs of the next generation.

Evidence of strong vision and leadership at the global level has resulted in the University of Tsukuba being selected as one of the Top Global Universities by the Japanese Government. Prof. Nagata has facilitated the realization of Tashkent University Innovation Centre (2015), a new technical university based on the Japanese curriculum in the Turkmenistan Academy of Science in 2016.

Prof. Nagata is actively involved in various academic and professional associations, including the Chairman of the Board of Directors, United States-Japan Research Institute (2017- current), and Japan Association of National Universities (2014- current).

He is also a Member of the Council for University Chartering and School Juridical Person, Ministry of Education (MEXT) (2017-current), Temporary Member of Council for Science and Technology (2017-current), Chair of the University Committee of Japan’s Central Council for Education (2015-current) and Member of Council for Cultural Affairs (2017-current).

Prof. Nagata started his career as a research fellow at the Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Institute in the U.S before becoming an Assistant Professor at the School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology (1991-1999), and Professor at the Institute of Basic Medical Science, University of Tsukuba (2001-2003).

He was also appointed as a Professor at the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Science, University of Tsukuba (2004-2009), Special Advisor to the President of University of Tsukuba (2010-2012) and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba (2011).

For his excellent work and significant contributions to the academic and research work, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Russian-Tajik Slavonic University (RTSU), Tajikistan in 2015. He was also awarded the Sugiura Award from the Japanese Society for Virology in 1993.

Prof. Nagata was born in Tokyo on 14 October 1953 and graduated from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (1976), Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences (1978) and Doctor of Pharmacology.