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Tohoku University
東北大学
Tohoku University logo.svg
Motto
  • 研究第一主義 (research first principle)
  • 門戸開放 (open-door policy)
  • 実学尊重 (respect for practical studies)
Type Public (National)
EstablishedJune 22, 1907
Academic affiliations
APRU, AEARU, HeKKSaGOn, T.I.M.E., RENKEI
Endowment US$1.3 billion
(JP¥120,138 billion)
President Hideo Ohno
Administrative staff
5,756
Undergraduates 11,094
Postgraduates 7,704
Other students
1,346 (international students)
Location,
Japan
CampusUrban, 250 ha (620 acres)
Colors   Purple
Sporting affiliations
TCAA, SEN6  [ ja ]
Website www.tohoku.ac.jp/english

Tohoku University (東北大学, Tōhoku daigaku) is a public research university in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. It is colloquially referred to as Tohokudai (東北大, Tōhokudai) or Tonpei (トンペイ, Tonpei).

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Established in 1907 as the third of the Imperial Universities, after the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, it initially focused on science and medicine, later expanding to include humanities studies as well.

In 2016, Tohoku University had 10 faculties, 16 graduate schools and 6 research institutes, with a total enrollment of 17,885 students. [1] The university's three core values are "Research First (研究第一主義)," "Open-Doors (門戸開放)," and "Practice-Oriented Research and Education (実学尊重)."

The Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings, focusing more on teaching and engagement than its world university rankings, placed Tohoku University 1st in Japan in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. [2] [3] [4] In its 2024 world university rankings, it is ranked 130th globally, making it the third highest ranked university in Japan, after the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University. [5]

History

Albert Einstein visiting Tohoku Imperial University in 1922 Kotaro Honda ,Albert Einstein,Keiichi Aichi,Sirouta Kusukabe.jpg
Albert Einstein visiting Tohoku Imperial University in 1922
Tohoku University (Katahira campus Main Gate) Tohoku University(Katahira north gate).JPG
Tohoku University (Katahira campus Main Gate)

On 22 June 1907 (Mēji 40), Tohoku Imperial University (東北帝國大學, Tōhoku teikoku daigaku) was established by the Meiji government as the third Imperial University of Japan, after Tokyo Imperial University (1877) and Kyoto Imperial University (1897). From its inception, it advocated 'Open-door' policies, becoming the first university in Japan to accept both female students in 1913, and foreign students. [6]

It was not until 1911 that teaching and research activities started in Sendai. When the university was founded in 1907 it only had one faculty (college), the College of Agriculture, in Sapporo, Hokkaido. This college, originally founded in 1875 as the Sapporo Agricultural College (札幌農學校, Sapporo nō gakkō), precedes the establishment of the university, and in 1918, it became independent to form another imperial university, Hokkaido Imperial University, in its own right. The School of Science was established in Sendai in 1911, followed by the School of Medicine (formerly Sendai Medical College) in 1915, the Faculty of Engineering in 1919, and the Faculty of Law and Literature in 1922. [7]

In 1947, during the post-war educational reform, the university dropped the word 'imperial' along with other imperial universities, and assumed its current name, Tohoku University. It was also this year that the university's academic scope came to cover agriculture again, with the establishment of a new Faculty of Agriculture in Sendai. In 1949, the Faculty of Law and Literature was split to form independent 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. [7]

2011 Tōhoku earthquake

Subsequent to the 2011 Tōhoku 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. [8]

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.

Campuses

City locator 14.svg Campus locations

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 .

Research institutes

National Collaborative Research Institute

Centers and facilities

University library

  • Tohoku University library
  • Medical Library
  • Kita-Aobayama Library
  • Engineering Library
  • Agricultural Library

University hospital

  • Tohoku University Hospital Seiryo

Inter-department institutes for education and research

  • Center for Northeast Asian Studies
  • Center for the Advancement of Higher Education
    • Health Administration Center
    • University Counseling Center
    • Admission Center
    • Center for Career Support
    • Center for Culture and Language Education
  • 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

  • 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

Administration unit

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)

Dormitories

  • Ibun-ryo (以文寮, Ibun ryō)
  • Josyun-ryo (如春寮, Josyun ryō)
  • Seifu-ryo (霽風寮, Seifū ryō)
  • Nissyu-ryo (日就寮, Nissyū ryō)
  • Meizen-ryo (明善寮, Meizen ryō)
  • Matsukaze-ryo (松風寮, Matsukaze ryō)
  • University House Sanjo (ユニバーシティ・ハウス三条, University House Sanjo)
  • International House (国際交流会館, Kokusai kōryū kaikan)

Academic rankings

University rankings
THE National [16] General 1
T. Reuters National [17] Research 4
Shimano National [18] Selectivity SA
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version) [19]
General 9
ARWU Asia [20] Research 8
THE World [21] General 132
QS World [22] General 77
ARWU World [20] Research 101-150
ENSMP World [4] Alumni 13
Program rankings
Engineering
QS World [23] General 56
MATERIALS SCIENCE
T.Reuters National [24] Research 1
T.Reuters World [24] Research 3
PHYSICS
T.Reuters National [24] Research 2
T.Reuters World [24] Research 10
CHEMISTRY
T.Reuters National [24] Research 4
T.Reuters World [24] Research 20
BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY
T.Reuters National [24] Research 7
T.Reuters World [24] Research 113
Life Sciences
IMMUNOLOGY
T.Reuters National [24] Research 6
T.Reuters World [24] Research 142
PHARMACOLOGY & TOXICOLOGY
T.Reuters National [24] Research 3
T.Reuters World [24] Research 64
* T. Reuters World rankings include non-educational institutions

Tohoku University has a high reputation, and this is recognised as shown in the rankings below.

General rankings

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024, it is ranked 130th globally, making it the third-highest-ranking university in Japan, after the University of Tokyo (29th) and Kyoto University (55th). [5] The Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings, which focus more on teaching and engagement than the world university rankings, placed Tohoku University 1st in Japan in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. [2] [3] [4]

In the QS World University Rankings 2024, Tohoku University is ranked 113th globally and fifth in Japan, after UTokyo, KyotoU, OsakaU, and Tokyo Tech. [25]

Research performance

Tohoku University is one of the top research institutions in Japan. According to Thomson Reuters, Tohoku University is the fourth best research university in Japan. [17] Its research excellence is especially distinctive in Materials Science (1st in Japan, third in the world), Physics (2nd in Japan, tenth in the world), Pharmacology & Toxicology (3rd in Japan, 64th in the world) and Chemistry (6th in Japan, 20th in the world). [26]

Times Higher Education also reported that Tohoku University was ranked 3rd in Japan (201st - 250th in the world) for the World University Rankings 2022 by Subject: social sciences. [27] The social sciences ranking includes the weightings such as Research: volume, income and reputation (accounts for 32.6 per cent) and Citations: research influence (accounts for 25 per cent). [28]

In addition, Nature Index ranked Tohoku University as 5th in Japan (103rd in the world, 38th in Asia Pacific) on 2022 tables: Institutions. [29] The 2022 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021. Before the 2022 edition, Nature Index also ranked Tohoku University as 5th in Japan (77th in the world, 28th in Asia Pacific) on 2021 tables: Institutions, that are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020. [30]

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), fifth (national). [31]

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. [32]

Graduate school rankings

Tohoku University Law School is one of the most famous Law schools in Japan, as it was ranked fifth in the passing rate of Japanese Bar Examination in 2020. [33]

Alumni rankings

Mines ParisTech : Professional Ranking World Universities ranks Tohoku University as 13th in the world (5th in Japan) in 2011 in terms of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies. [34]

Popularity and selectivity

Tohoku University is regarded as a selective university, with its faculty of medicine being particularly noted for its selectivity. It is usually ranked amongst the most selective STEM degrees in the country, alongside the medicine, engineering and science degrees at the University of Tokyo and the faculties of medicine of TMDU, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, and Keio. [35]

Evaluation from business world

The university ranking according to the order of the evaluation by Personnel Departments of Leading Companies in Japan
Ranking
Japan3rd [36] (out of 788 [37]  universities in Japan as of 2021)
Source2021 Nikkei Survey [38] to all listed (3,714 [39] ) and leading unlisted (1,100), totally 4,850 companies [38]

People

Successive presidents

Akihisa Inoue (left) talked with James P. Zumwalt (charge d'affaires) and Ann Kambara at Tohoku University in 2009. Akihisa Inoue James Zumwalt and Ann Kambara 2009.jpg
Akihisa Inoue (left) talked with James P. Zumwalt (chargé d'affaires) and Ann Kambara at Tohoku University in 2009.

Notable people associated with Tohoku University

Many world-class celebrities have attended or served at Tohoku University.

Sciences

Engineering

Literature and art

Mathematic, economics and business

Politics

See also

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