|Motto||実学尊重の精神 (Practice-Oriented Research and Education)|
|Established||June 22, 1907|
|Other students||1,346 (international students)|
|Location||Sendai, Miyagi, Japan|
|Athletics||-- varsity teams|
Tohoku University (東北大学 (東北帝國大學 prior to 1945) Tōhoku daigaku ), abbreviated to Tohokudai (東北大 Tōhokudai ), located in Sendai, Miyagi in the Tōhoku Region, Japan, is a Japanese national university. It is the third oldest Imperial University in Japan and is a member of the National Seven Universities. It is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, and one of the top fifty universities in the world.
In 2009, Tohoku University had ten colleges within the university, including fifteen departments with graduate students, with a total enrollment of 17,949 students. The university's three core values are "Research First (研究第一主義)," "Open-Door (門戸開放)," and "Practice-Oriented Research and Education (実学尊重)."
International degree programs taught in English 
In 2009, Tohoku University was one of 13 universities selected by the Japanese government to lead the internationalisation of higher education in Japan. This venture, known as the Global 30 Project, takes the form of new international degree courses taught wholly in English, at both undergraduate and graduate level. At Tohoku University, this initiative is known as the Future Global Leadership Program (FGL).
Undergraduate Courses 
Degrees taught in English at the undergraduate level include the International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Course (IMAC-U), the Applied Marine Biology Course (AMB), and the Advanced Molecular Chemistry Course (AMC).
Graduate Courses 
Courses taught in English at the graduate level include the International Program in Economics and Management (IPEM), the International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS), the Network Medicine Course, the Basic Medicine Course, the Interface Oral Health Science Course, the International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Course (IMAC-G), the International Materials Science and Engineering Course (IMSE), the International Doctoral Program in Engineering, Information Sciences and Environmental Studies, the International Graduate Program in Language Sciences, the International Course of Life Sciences, the Information Technology and Science Course, the International Program for Environmental Sustainability Science (IPESS), and the International Post-Graduate Program in Human Security.
The origin of the university was Meirin-yokendo (明倫養賢堂 Meirin yōkendō ), which was founded as a medical school in Sendai in 1736. It was reorganized a few times. Later it became Sendai Medical College (仙台医学専門学校 Sendai igaku senmon gakkō ); this was the forerunner of the medical department of the university.
On June 22, 1907, the university was established under the name Tohoku Imperial University (東北帝國大學 Tōhoku teikoku daigaku ) by the Meiji government as the third Imperial University of Japan, following the Tokyo Imperial University (1877) and the Kyoto Imperial University (1897). From its start, it has advocated "Open-door" policies—it was the first university in Japan to accept female students and foreign students.
It set up the Science Department in 1911, and the Medical Department (formerly the Sendai Medical College) in 1915. In 1918 it ceded the Faculty of Agriculture to Hokkaido Imperial University. It subsequently launched Faculties of Engineering in 1919, and Law and Literature in 1922.
In 1947 the university assumed its current name, Tohoku University, acquired a new Faculty of Agriculture. In 1949, the Faculty of Law and Literature was split to form new faculties of Law, Literature, and Economics. A Faculty of Education was added in 1949, Dentistry in 1965, and Pharmacy in 1972. Tohoku has been a national university corporation since April 2004.
11 March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami 
The Aobayama, Katahira, Amamiya, and Kawauchi campuses are all at least 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) from the ocean, towards the mountains, and therefore suffered no damage resulting from the tsunami. No deaths or serious injuries within the faculty and student body were reported on campus grounds. However, earthquake damage lead to the closure of 27 buildings and caused millions of dollars of damage to equipment. Classes have resumed normally since early May 2011 and plans for restoring, reinforcing or replacing damaged buildings are underway.
The radiology department has been actively measuring radiation levels throughout the city of Sendai since the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant meltdown, which is about 100 kilometers south. So far no alarming levels of radiation have been detected.
1-1-2-chome, Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0077 JAPAN
Principal five campuses are in the Sendai City, Japan;
- Katahira (片平 Katahira )
- Administration Unit. and Principal institutes
- Kawauchi (川内 Kawauchi )
- North-Kawauchi; The freshmen and sophomore of all undergraduates
- South-Kawauchi; Law, Education, Economics, Letters
- Seiryo (星陵 Seiryō )
- Medicine, Dentistry
- Aobayama (青葉山 Aobayama )
- Science, Engineering, Pharmacy
- Amamiya (雨宮 Amamiya )
Amamiya campus and some institutes are planned to transfer from the present place to the future New-Aobayama campus .
Faculties (10) 
Graduate Schools (15) 
Professional graduate schools (3) 
The University's Research Center for Prediction of Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions is represented on the national Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction.
Research Institutes 
- Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer (加齢医学研究所 Karei Igaku Kenkyūsyo )
- Institute of Fluid Science (流体科学研究所 Ryūtai Kagaku Kenkyūsyo )
- National Collaborative Research Institute
- Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (多元物質科学研究所 Tagen Busshitsu Kagaku Kenkyūsyo )
Centers and Facilities 
University Library 
University Hospital 
Inter-Department Institutes for Education and Research (9) 
Collaborating Institutions (8) 
Administration Unit 
Tohoku University Overseas Office 
Biomedical Engineering Research Organization 
e-learning system 
The 21st Century Center Of Excellence Programs 
|Fiscal Year||Field||Program Title|
|2002||Life Sciences||Future Medical Engineering based on Bio-nanotechnology|
|Chemistry, material sciences||International Center of Research & Education for Unexplored Chemistry|
|International Center of Research & Education for Materials|
|Information sciences, electrical and electronic engineering||System Construction of Global-Network Oriented Information Electronics|
|Humanities||A Strategic and Education Center for an Integrated Approach to Language and Cognition|
|2003||Medical sciences||Center for Innovative Therapeutic Development for Common Diseases|
|Mathematics, physics, earth sciences||Exploring New Science by Bridging Particle-Matter Hierarchy|
|Advanced Science and Technology Center for the Dynamic Earth|
|Mechanical, civil, architectural and other fields of engineering||The Exploration of the Frontiers of Mechanical Science Based on Nanotechnology|
|International COE of Flow Dynamics|
|Social sciences||Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality|
|Gender Law and Policy Center|
|2004||New scientific fields||Comprehensive Research and Education Center for Planning of Drug Development and Clinical Evaluation|
Academic Rankings 
|Toyo Keizai National||General||7|
|T. Reuters National||Research||4|
(Asian Ranking version)
|Social Sciences & Humanities|
|BE Success National||Qualification||10|
|BE Pass rate National||Qualification||9|
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT
|Eduni MBA National||General||15|
|Eduni MBA World||General||536|
|Natural Sciences & Technology|
BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY
|ARE Success National||Qualification||17|
PHARMACOLOGY & TOXICOLOGY
|* T. Reuters World rankings include non-educational institutions|
Tohoku University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. It can be seen in the several rankings such as shown below.
General Rankings 
The university has been ranked 6th in 2009 and 7th in 2010 in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" by Toyo Keizai. In another ranking, Japanese prep school Kawaijuku ranked Tohoku as the 5th best university in Japan.
According to ARWU, Tohoku University was ranked 5th overall in Japan and internationally ranked 20th in the field of Engineering and Technology, and 39th in Natural science in 2009. In the 2011 QS Asian Universities Rankings Tohoku was placed 9th, while in the 2011 QS World University Rankings the university rose to 70th having dropped out of the top 100 in 2010 to 102nd, and having been 97th in the 2009 THE-QS World University Rankings (in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings).
Research Performance 
Tohoku is one of the top research institutions in Japan. According to Thomson Reuters, Tohoku is the 4th best research university in Japan. Its research excellence is especially distinctive in Materials Science (1st in Japan, 3rd in the world), Physics (2nd in Japan, 10th in the world), Pharmacology & Toxicology (3rd in Japan, 64th in the world) and Chemistry (6th in Japan, 20th in the world).
Weekly Diamond also reported that Tohoku has the 11th highest research standard in Japan in terms of research funding per researchers in COE Program. In the same article, it's also ranked 9th in terms of the quality of education by GP funds per student.
In addition, Nikkei Shimbun on 2004/2/16 surveyed about the research standards in Engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese Research Centers, and Tohoku was placed 3rd (research planning ability 9th//informative ability of research outcome 2nd/ability of business-academia collaboration 2nd) in this ranking.
As Tohoku University has been emphasizing on 'practical' research, Tohoku got the top place at the number of patents accepted (324) during 2009 among Japanese Universities.
Graduate school Rankings 
Alumni Rankings 
Popularity and Selectivity 
Successive presidents 
Notable alumni 
- Koji Azuma, educator (Economics 2005)
- Masayoshi Esashi (江刺 正喜), an engineer. He is the global authority of Microelectromechanical systems.
- Toshifumi Futamase (二間瀬 敏史), astrophysicist
- Ben Goto (五島 勉), a writer
- Kotaro Honda (本多 光太郎), material scientist, famous due to KS steel
- Reizan Ido (井土 霊山), a journalist, writer, poet, and liberal activist. He was involved in Freedom and People's Rights Movement
- Sumio Iijima (飯島 澄男), discovered Carbon nanotube
- Akihisa Inoue (井上 明久), a material scientist, who invented bulk metallic glasses
- Fumihiko Imamura, NHK natural disaster expert after 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
- Yoshiaki Ito (伊藤 嘉明), a virologist and molecular oncologist who discovered the Polyomavirus Middle T-Antigen and the RUNX transcription factor family.
- Muhammad Ilyas, Chairman and Professor, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore - Pakistan
- Shizuo Kakutani (角谷 静夫), mathematician and creator of the Kakutani fixed-point theorem
- Yasumasa Kanada (金田 康正), a mathematician most known for his numerous world records over the past two decades for calculating digits of π.
- Nobuhiko Kawamoto (川本 信彦), was the CEO of Honda Motor until 1995.
- Ryuta Kawashima (川島 隆太), neuroscientist, currently resident professor, the supervisor of Nintendo DS gamesofts; "Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!" and "Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain?"
- Morio Kita (北 杜夫), a novelist
- Lu Xun (魯迅), one of the most famous writers in China
- Fujio Masuoka (舛岡 富士雄), developer of Flash Memory
- Katsuhiko Nishimori (西森 克彦), a researcher of Oxytocin
- Jun-Ichi Nishizawa (西澤 潤一), engineer known for his invention of optical communication systems (including optical fiber, laser diode etc.), PIN diode and SIT/SITh.
- Kazumasa Oda (小田 和正), one of the most famous musicians in Japan.
- Tsutomu Ōhashi (大橋 力), a Japanese artist and scientist
- Hideaki Sena (瀬名 秀明), a SF writer
- Masatoshi Shima (嶋 正利), invented CPU Intel 4004
- Kensaku Shimaki (島木 健作), a writer in Showa period in Japan.
- Chūsei Sone, film director
- Su Buqing (蘇歩青), Chinese mathematician and former president of Fudan University
- Kenji Suzuki (鈴木 健二), an announcer of the NHK
- Koichi Tanaka (田中 耕一), winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- Hirofumi Uzawa (宇沢 弘文), an economist
- Shintaro Uda (宇田 新太郎), inventor of the Yagi-Uda antenna 1926, The ubiquitous television antenna.
- Hidetsugu Yagi (八木 秀次), Professor of Shintaro Uda and collaborator in the invention of the Yagi-Uda antenna 1926.
- Chinggeltei, Mongolist, former vice-rector of Inner Mongolia University
Besides them, many other famous alumni have notable achievements in diverse fields.
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- Institute for Materials Research
- List of National Treasures of Japan (writings)
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