Tokyo Medical and Dental University

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Coordinates: 35°42′5″N 139°45′55″E / 35.70139°N 139.76528°E / 35.70139; 139.76528

Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (logo).gif
Motto Cultivating Professionals with Knowledge and Humanity
Type Public (National)
Established 1928
President Yasuyuki Yoshizawa[1]
Academic staff
677 [2]
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 1,380 [2]
Postgraduates 1,409 [3]
Other students
Location Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan
Campus Urban
Colors Bloom Gold     
Mission Blue     
Mascot None

Tokyo Medical and Dental University (東京医科歯科大学 Tōkyō ika shika daigaku?) is part of Japan's national university system. Tokyo Medical and Dental University offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees in medicine, dentistry, and related fields.


The university is originally rooted in Eiraku Hospital (永楽病院 Eiraku byōin?) which was associated with Tokyo Medical License Exam in 1899.[4] The university was founded under the title of Tokyo National School of Dentistry (東京高等歯科医学校 Tōkyō kōtō shikai gakkō?) as the first national school of dentistry in Japan on October 12, 1928. The school received university status in 1944 as Tokyo Medical and Dental College. It was renamed to Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1946. Separate Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry were established in 1951, along with a research institute dedicated to materials, which was later expanded to the current Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering. In 2000, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences replaced the former Graduate School. In accordance with the National University Corporation law, the school became a National University Corporation in 2004.[2]


Graduate Schools[edit]

  • Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences
  • Graduate School of Health Care Sciences
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Science

Faculties and Colleges[edit]

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Institutes and Research centers[edit]

  • Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering
  • Medical Research Institute
  • Institute for Library and Media Information Technology
  • Center for Education Research in Medicine and Dentistry (joint)
  • Research Center for Medical and Dental Sciences (joint)
  • Center for Experimental Animal (joint)
  • International Exchange Center (joint)
  • Life Science and Bioethics Research Center (joint)
  • Center for Interprofessional Education (joint)
  • International Research Center for Molecular Science in Tooth and Bone Diseases (Global COE Program)

University Hospitals[edit]

  • University Hospital of Medicine (800 beds)
  • University Hospital of Dentistry (60 beds, 317 dental chair units)

International Exchange[edit]

Tokyo Medical and Dental University has over 200 international students, mainly from Asian countries. The university has university exchange and affiliation agreements with universities from over 25 other countries. Since 2002 the university has had an agreement with Partners Harvard Medical International involving enhancement of TMDU's education programs. An exchange program between Faculty of Medicine and Imperial College London was launched in 2004. The faculty of dentistry has agreements with several schools in the US, UK, Australia and Canada.[5]


Yushima Campus[edit]

Headquarters of Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Bunkyō, Tokyo

Yushima (湯島 Yushima?) Campus is the main campus located in Bunkyō, close to Ochanomizu station, which contains the main university hospital buildings and research facilities including the 126m-tall M&D tower.[2] The campus is close to Yushima Tenjin, from which the plum blossom symbol of university (five petals) was derived.[6]

Surugadai Campus[edit]

Surugadai (駿河台 Surugadai?) Campus is also located close to Ochanomizu station and houses the Medical Research Institute and Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering.

Kounodai Campus[edit]

The Kounodai Campus houses the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where undergraduate students start their university studies, and International House dormitory. This campus is located in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture, about 40 minutes from Yushima Campus by train.


According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings data in 2010 the university ranked 217 in the world and seven among all Japanese universities. In the QS World University Rankings in 2010, TMDU ranked number one in Asia in terms of paper citations .[7]


External links[edit]

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