Tohoku University ? Motto (Research First Principle) Type Public (National) Established June 22, 1907 Endowment US$1.3 billion (JP¥120,138 billion) President Hideo Ohno
5,756 Undergraduates 11,094 Postgraduates 7,704
1,346 (international students) Location , ,
Campus Urban, 2.5 km² Colors Purple Athletics TCAA, SEN6 Affiliations APRU, AEARU, HeKKSaGOn, T.I.M.E., RENKEI Website www.tohoku.ac.jp Tohoku University (, or ?, T?hoku daigaku) , located in Tohokudai ( , T?hokudai) Sendai, Miyagi in the T?hoku Region, Japan, is a Japanese national university. It was the third Imperial University in Japan, the top three Designated National University along with the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University and selected as a Top Type university of  Top Global University Project by the Japanese government. In 2020, the Times Higher Education ranked Tohoku University the top university in Japan.  
In 2016, Tohoku University had 10 faculties, 16 graduate schools and 6 research institutes, with a total enrollment of 17,885 students.
The university's three core values are "Research First ()," "Open-Doors (?)," and "Practice-Oriented Research and Education (?)."
Tohoku University (Katahira campus Main Gate)
On June 22, 1907, the university was established under the name
Tohoku Imperial University ( by the , T?hoku teikoku daigaku) 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 (in 1913) and foreign students.
In September 1907, it set up the faculty of Agriculture in
Sapporo; the Sapporo Agricultural College (.
, Sapporo n? gakk?)
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.
2011 T?hoku earthquake
Subsequent to the
2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami, the university was declared closed until further notice, but with a tentative re-opening date of the end of the following April. 
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.
Principal four campuses are in the
Sendai City, Japan;
Administration Unit. and Principal institutes North-Kawauchi; The freshmen and sophomore of all undergraduates
South-Kawauchi; Law, Education, Economics, Letters Medicine, Dentistry Science, Engineering, Pharmacy, Agriculture
Amamiya campus and some institutes transferred to the new extension at Aobayama campus in April 2017
Graduate School of Engineering (Research Lab Complex)
Faculties (10) Arts and Letters
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Information and Intelligent Systems
Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Bio molecular Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Civil Engineering and Architecture Agriculture
Graduate Schools (15) Arts and Letters
Economics and Management
International Cultural Studies
Educational Informatics Research Division / Education Division
Professional graduate schools (3) Law School
School of Public Policy
Research Center for Prediction of Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions is represented on the national Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction. 
Research Institute of Electrical Communication ( ?, , Denki Ts?shin Kenky?sjo, ) Ts?ken  Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer
( ?, Karei Igaku Kenky?jo)  Institute of Fluid Science
( ?, Ry?tai Kagaku Kenky?syo)  Institute for Materials Research,IMR ( ?, , Kinzoku Zairy? Kenky?sjo, ) Kinken  National Collaborative Research Institute Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials
( , Tagen Busshitsu Kagaku Kenky?jo)  International Research Institute of Disaster Science ( , Saigai Kagaku Kokusai Kenky?jo) 
Centers and facilities
University library Tohoku University Library
University hospital Tohoku University Hospital Seiryo
Inter-Department Institutes for Education and Research (9) Center for Northeast Asian Studies
Center for the Advancement of Higher Education
Health Administration Center
University Counseling Center
Center for Career Support The Center for Academic Resources and Archives
Institute for International Advanced Research and Education Organization
Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center
New Industry Creation Hatchery Center(NICHe)
Center for Interdisciplinary Research
Technology Center for Research and Education Activities
Center for Low Temperature Science
High-Voltage Electron Microscope Laboratory Information Synergy Organization
Information Synergy Center (National Collaboration Institution)
Collaborating Institutions (8) Office of Cooperative Research and Development
Office for Strategic Promotion of Basic Research
Center for Research Strategy and Support(CRESS)
Environment Conservation Research Institute
Center for International Exchange
Archaeological Research office on the Campus
Global Operations center
Campus Planning office
Tohoku University Overseas Office Tohoku University US Office
Tohoku University China Office
Biomedical Engineering Research Organization
e-learning system Internet School of Tohoku University (ISTU)
( , Ibun ry?) Josyun-ryo
( , Josyun ry?) Seifu-ryo
( , Seif? ry?) Nissyu-ryo
( , Nissy? ry?) Meizen-ryo
( , Meizen ry?) Matsukaze-ryo
( , Matsukaze ry?) University House Sanjo
( ?, University House Sanjo) International House ( , Kokusai k?ry? kaikan)
The 21st Century Center Of Excellence Programs
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
A Strategic and Education Center for an Integrated Approach to Language and Cognition
Center for Innovative Therapeutic Development for Common Diseases
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
Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality
Gender Law and Policy Center
New scientific fields
Comprehensive Research and Education Center for Planning of Drug Development and Clinical Evaluation
The university ranking of the ratio of "president and chief executive officer of listed company"
all universities in Japan
16th out of all the 744  universities which existed as of 2006
2006 Survey by  Weekly Diamond on the ranking of the universities which produced the high ratio of the graduates who hold the position of "president and chief executive officer of listed company" to all the graduates of each university
Tohoku University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. It can be seen in the several rankings such as shown below.
Tohoku university has been ranked 1st in the 2020
Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings. 
According to 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).
It was also ranked 49th worldwide according to the
Global University Ranking in 2009. 
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.
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. 
According to the
Qs World university rankings on 2012/9 surveyed about the general standards in Engineering&Technology field, Tohoku university was placed 56th (world), 5th(national). 
As Tohoku University has been emphasizing 'practical' research, Tohoku received the top place for its number of patents accepted (324) during 2009 among Japanese Universities.
Graduate school rankings
Tohoku Law School is one of the most famous Law schools in Japan, as it was ranked 9th in the passing rate of Japanese
Bar Examination in 2010. 
Eduniversal ranked Tohoku Business school as 6th in the rankings of "Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links " in Japan. 
According to the
Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Tohoku have the 21st best employment rate in 400 major companies in Japan. 
Mines ParisTech : Professional Ranking World Universities ranks Tohoku University as 13th in the world in 2011 in terms of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies. 
Popularity and selectivity
Tohoku is one of the most selective universities in Japan. Its entrance difficulty is usually considered as one of the top in Japan.
Notable people associated with Tohoku University
Many world-class celebrities have attended or served at Tohoku University.
Nozoe Tetsuo ( ), chemist, knowm for Hinokitiol.
Tsutomu ?hashi ( ?), artist and scientist, Doctor of Agriculture.
Syun-Ichi Akasofu ( ), geophysicst, the founding director of the International Arctic Research Center of UAF.
Hiroshi Maeda ( ?), pharmacologist and chemist, known for discovery of EPR effect.
Morio Kasai ( , 1922–2008), absurgeon who developed the Kasai procedure for biliary atresia. 
Chen Wei-jao (), a surgeon and president of National Taiwan University.
Lo Tung-bin (), biochemist, pioneer in the research on proteins in Taiwan.
Susumu Satomi ( ?), a surgeon and president of Tohoku University.
Ryuta Kawashima ( ), 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?"
Noriko Osumi ( ), neuroscientist, the Vice President of Tohoku University (2018–). Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, president of University of Tehran.
Shintaro Uda ( ), an inventor of the Yagi-Uda antenna 1926, the ubiquitous television antenna.
Jun-Ichi Nishizawa ( ), the engineer known for inventing optical communication systems including optical fiber, laser diode and so forth, PIN diode and SIT/SITh.
Fujio Masuoka ( ), the developer of Flash Memory.
Masayoshi Esashi ( ), engineer, the global authority of Microelectromechanical systems.
Toshitada Doi ( ), a pioneer in digital audio, originated Aibo the pet robot.
Fumihiko Imamura ( ), civil engineer, the natural disaster expert for NHK after 2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami  Masataka Nakazawa ( ), pioneer of optical solitons in high-speed optical communication in fiber optic networks and rare earth-doped optical amplifiers (such as EDFA).
Literature and Art
Ben Goto ( ?), a Japanese writer.
Hayao Hamada ( ), a Taiwanese author.
Tadao Ooike ( ), novelist, 1938 Naoki Prize winner.
Y? Tsumoto ( ?), novelist, 1978 Naoki Prize winner.
Akihiko Nakamura ( ), novelist, 1994 Naoki Prize winner.
Kenichi Sat? ( ), novelist, 1999 Naoki Prize winner.
Toh EnJoe ( ?), author, 2012 Akutagawa Prize, Nihon SF Taisho Award, and 2013 Seiun Award winner.
Yuichi Kodama ( ), a Japanese video director.
Kazumasa Oda ( ), one of the most famous musicians in pop music in Japan since the 1970s.
K?tar? Isaka ( ), a mystery fiction writer, Japan Booksellers Award and Yamamoto Sh?gor? Prize winner.
Hideaki Sena ( ), a science fiction writer and Nihon SF Taisho Award winner.
Ch?sei Sone ( ), a Japanese film director and screenwriter.
Kenji Suzuki ( ), an announcer of the NHK Chinggeltei (1924–2013), a Mongolist, the former vice-rector of Inner Mongolia University 
Mathematic, Economics and Business
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