Tokai University

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Tokai University
Type Private non-sectarian higher education institution
Established1942;80 years ago (1942)
Chancellor m
President Tatsuro Matsumae [1]
Undergraduates 28,584 (2017) [2]
Postgraduates 969 (2017) [2]

35°39′52″N139°41′05″E / 35.664478°N 139.6848°E / 35.664478; 139.6848 Coordinates: 35°39′52″N139°41′05″E / 35.664478°N 139.6848°E / 35.664478; 139.6848
CampusTokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Kumamoto and Hokkaido
Colors Blue  
AffiliationsTokyo 12 Universities
Takanawa campus, Tokai University TokaiUniv.Takanawa.jpg
Takanawa campus, Tōkai University

Tokai University (東海大学, Tōkai Daigaku) is a private non-sectarian higher education institution located in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded by Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae.


It was accredited under Japan's old educational system in 1946 and under the new system in 1950. In 2008, Tokai University, Kyushu Tokai University, and Hokkaido Tokai University were consolidated and reorganized into Tokai University. Its Chinese character name is the same as Tunghai University in Taiwan.


The Bosei Seminar望星学塾 (Bōsei gakujuku) was founded at Musashino to realize Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae's concept of education to the public.

Dr. Matsumae founded the establishing entity of the university, or the Tokai University Educational System, in 1942. The university went through phases under the Japan's old educational systems, and reorganized schools accordingly roughly upon three stages for four times.

Training institutions for engineers and industrial schools

Foundation for Telecommunications Engineering School 財団法人電気通信工学校 (Zaidanhōjin Denki Tsūshin Kōgakkō) (14 October 1937 - 21 September 1944) operated three schools for telecommunications (21 October 1937 - 21 September 1945), which were renamed firstly to Polytechnic School (21 September 1945 - March 1947) then to Tokai Higher Telecommunications Engineering School (March 1947 - March 1965).

Old technical college

Under the College Law of 27 March 1903

Before the end of World War II, technical colleges were governed under the College Law of 27 March 1903 専門学校令 (Semmon gakkō-rei), and the Foundation for National Defense Science and Technology Institute財団法人国防理工学園 (Zaidanhōjin Kokubō Rikō Gakuen) (8 December 1942 - 15 August 1945) operated Radio Wave Technology Development Institute (1 February 1944 - 15 August 1945), Radio Science College (18 April 1944 - 15 August 1945). In 1943 Dr. Matsumae opened the Aerial Science College航空科学専門学校 (Kōkū Kagaku Semmongakkō) (8 April 1943 - 15 August 1945), an antecedent of Tokai University in Miho, Shizuoka, Japan.

After 1945

Under Kyūsei daigaku system - the former Education Law of 6 December 1918

Foundation for National Defense Science and Technology Institute was renamed to Tokai Gakuen Foundation財団法人東海学園 (Zaidanhōjin Tōkaigakuen) (15 August 1945 - May 1, 1946) under Kyūsei daigaku system, and merged three educational establishments into Tokai College (15 August 1945 - 20 October 1945) which was renamed to Tokai Science College (20 October 1945 - March 1950).

Before the Shinsei daigaku system went into effect in 1947, the Foundation was reformed to Tokai University Foundation (1 May 1946 - 7 March 1951) under former Education Law of 6 December 1918, which operated former Tokai University (1 May 1946 - 1 April 1950) where students finished university education in three years.

Under Shinsei daigaku system - the Education Law of 31 March 1947

School systems in Japan was reformed in March 1947, when colleges and universities regulated under the former law of education were reformed to four-years-system educational institutions.

Tokai University Educational System

The Tokai University Educational System is one of the largest general education and research institutions in Japan. Today, Tokai University holds its headquarters in Yoyogi, Tokyo, with eight campuses all over Japan at Sapporo, Takanawa and Yoyogi in Tokyo, Hiratsuka and Isehara in Kanagawa, Shizuoka, with Kumamoto and Aso in Kumamoto; 21 schools and faculties make up approximately 80 departments, majors, and programs. With its graduate school offering 21 courses, the total student enrollment for both undergraduate and graduate is approximately 30,000 including 775 international students as of 2017. [2] There are 1,653 faculty members [3] with the ratio of students per a faculty member below 30. [4]

Undergraduate schools

Overseas field training is popular among students as they can receive language training overseas, and classes are incorporated into the curriculum for Asian Studies, European and American Studies as well as Nordic Studies. Students from other Faculty can also take courses. [5]

School of Cultural and Social Studies

Established in April 2018. [5]

School of Letters

The university holds a collection of 6,000 archaeological artifacts of Ancient Egypt and Near East based on donation in 2010 by the family of late Professor Hachishi Suzuki, [7] and those Ancient Egyptian papyrus documents were offered for restoration and preservation workshops during 2013 to 2015 as an international civilization project by the Research Organization. [8] Students deciphered and published the study results for the International Projects Concerning Civilization.

School of Political Science and Economics

Offers courses to prepare for civil service examination, as well as internship program co-hosted by public offices.

  • Admission: 450
  • Location: Shōnan campus
  • Majors: Economics; Business Administration; Political Science.

School of Law

  • Admission:
  • Location: Shōnan campus
  • Majors:

School of Humanities and Culture

  • Admission:
  • Location: Shōnan campus
  • Majors: Arts; Human Development; International Studies.

School of Physical Education

  • Admission:
  • Location: Shōnan campus
  • Majors: Competitive Sports; Judo and Kendo; Physical Education; Physical Recreation; Sport & Leisure Management.

School of Science

  • Admission:
  • Location: Shōnan campus
  • Majors: Chemistry; Mathematical Sciences; Mathematics; Physics.

School of Information Science and Technology

  • Admission:
  • Location: Shōnan campus
  • Majors: Applied Computer Engineering; Human and Information Science.

School of Engineering

  • Admission:
  • Location: Shōnan campus
  • Majors: Aeronautics and Astronautics; Applied Biochemistry; Applied Chemistry; Architecture and Building Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Materials Science; Mechanical Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; Optical and Imaging Science and Technology; Precision Engineering; Prime Mover Engineering.

School of Tourism

  • Admission:
  • Location: Shōnan campus (freshmen); Yoyogi campus (sophomore and up)
  • Majors: 観光学科

School of Information and Telecommunication Engineering

  • Admission:
  • Location: Takanawa campus
  • Majors: Communication and Network Engineering; Embedded Technology; Information Media Technology; Management Systems Engineering.

School of Marine Science and Technology

  • Admission:
  • Location: Shimizu campus
  • Majors: Applied Biological Science; Environmental and Societal Affairs; Fisheries; Marine and Earth Science; Marine Biology; Marine Civil Engineering; Marine Mineral Resources; Marine Science; Maritime Civilizations; Navigation; Navigation and Ocean Engineering.

School of Medicine

  • Admission:
  • Location: Isehara campus
  • Majors: 医学科 看護学科※1

School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences is merged into the School of Medicine since April 2018.

School of Business Studies

  • Admission:
  • Location: campus
  • Majors: Business Management.

School of Business Administration

  • Admission:
  • Location: Kumamoto campus
  • Majors: Business Administration; Tourism Management

School of Industrial Engineering

  • Admission:
  • Location: campus
  • Majors: Environment Conservation Sciences; Electronics and Intelligent Systems Engineering

School of Industrial and Welfare Engineering

  • Admission:
  • Location: campus
  • Majors: Production Engineering; Information Engineering; Architecture and Civil Engineering.

School of Agriculture

  • Admission:
  • Location: Aso campus※2(熊本)
  • Majors: he応用植物科学科/応用動物科学科/バイオサイエンス学科

School of International Cultural Relations

  • Admission:
  • Location: campus
  • Majors:

School of Biological Science and Engineering

  • Admission:
  • Location: campus
  • Majors:

School of Biological Engineering

  • Admission:
  • Location: campus
  • Majors:

Other courses

  • Japanese Language Course for International Students
  • Shipboard Training Course
  • Tokai Cool Japan

Graduate schools

Master's degree programs

Agriculture; Arts; Economics; Engineering; Health Sciences; Human Environmental Studies; Industrial Engineering; Information and Telecommunication Engineering; Law; Letters; Medicine; Physical Education; Political Science; Oceanography; Regional Development Studies; Science; Science and Engineering.

Doctoral degree programs

Bioscience; Earth and Environmental Science; Economics; Letters; Medicine; Political Science; Science and Technology.

Professional graduate school

  • Tokai Law School



Zelkova trees and the main street of Shonan Campus, Tokai University, 2004 Keyakinamiki.jpg
Zelkova trees and the main street of Shonan Campus, Tokai University, 2004
Yoyogi Campus with University headquarters
35°39′52.6″N139°41′4.1″E / 35.664611°N 139.684472°E / 35.664611; 139.684472
Address: 2-28-4 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 
Aso Campus
32°53′29.1″N130°59′43.5″E / 32.891417°N 130.995417°E / 32.891417; 130.995417
Gate to Shonan Campus Tokai Univ. Shonan Campus Main Front gate.jpeg
Gate to Shonan Campus
Shonan Campus
35°21′57.5″N139°16′24.6″E / 35.365972°N 139.273500°E / 35.365972; 139.273500
Isehara Campus
35°24′27.3″N139°18′55.3″E / 35.407583°N 139.315361°E / 35.407583; 139.315361
Kumamoto Campus
32°48′41″N130°44′36.7″E / 32.81139°N 130.743528°E / 32.81139; 130.743528
Sapporo Campus
Prefecture 42°59′28.3″N141°19′4.9″E / 42.991194°N 141.318028°E / 42.991194; 141.318028
Shimizu Campus
34°59′24.8″N138°30′52.9″E / 34.990222°N 138.514694°E / 34.990222; 138.514694
Takanawa Campus
35°38′16.5″N139°44′3.9″E / 35.637917°N 139.734417°E / 35.637917; 139.734417

Overseas offices

Hospitals affiliated to the School of Medicine



Industry-academia-government collaboration

As Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has been encouraging joint ventures among the industry sector, academia and government functions, between 1994 and 2004, Tokai University applied 519 patents compared to Nihon University (390), Waseda University (358), Tokyo Institute of Technology (338) and 324 cases for Nagoya University. [13] By 2004, Tokyo University as a national institute lead 1,361 joint ventures, Waseda University lead 683 as the top private institute against 278 by Tokai University ranking at the 15th place, [14] whereas Tokai University was commissioned 211 projects (12th) while Tokyo University attracted 818 at the top. [14]

Le Mans 24 Hours

A student team at Tōkai University fielded a car for the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2008. This was the first time that a university team attempted to enter the race.

The team entered a Courage-Oreca LC70-YGK numbered 22 in the LMP1 class. It completed 185 laps (just under half that of the race winner), retiring due to a gearbox problem, and was not classified.

It has been confirmed that they will race in the Asian Le Mans Series in November 2009. The team raced at the 2010 1000 km of Zhuhai and will race again at the 2011 6 Hours of Zhuhai, both races are part of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Global Green Challenge

The Tokai Challenger is a solar car. The Tokai Challenger has become the winner of the 2009 World Solar Challenge, a race for solar cars across Australia. The car was designed and tested in collaboration with students from Tokai University and several Japanese companies in the automotive industry.

The Tokai Challenger covered the 3,021 kilometers off in 29 hours 49 minutes and it took an average speed of 100.54 kilometers per hour.


Foreign students
Graduate school students
Medical/Health science department students
Private sponsors

Public relations

The Tokyo 12 Universities

The university is a member of the Tokyo 12 Universities, a joint public relations body for those headquartered in Tokyo, formed in 1964. [15] It consists of Aoyama Gakuin University, Chuo University, Hosei University, Keio University, Kokugakuin University, Meiji University, Nihon University, Rikkyo University, Senshu University, Sophia University, and Waseda University.

Collaborative administration for university facilities

The Research and Promotion Division administers Technical Collaborative Management Office to promote aggressive research activities by the faculty and student of the university, as well as to share university facilities with private companies and regions, aiming to return resources to society.

Advanced physical property evaluation facility

Affiliated institutions

Archive, memorial halls and museums

Boarding school

Extension centers


Research institutes and research centers

Welfare facilities

Notable alumni


  1. Bungei Kōbō (文藝工房) (literally "Writing Workshop") is published by students contributing essays and novels. [6]
  2. "Asian studies" holds the perspective of "History and Civilization", "Culture and Society" and "Languages" in Asia, the key factors to understand modern Asia and Japan, and at the same time, develop solutions and acquire the ability to act towards problems in modern society.
  3. At "the Department of Europe / American Studies", we will determine people's culture, and it will extend to contrast and compare multiple culture from various perspectives such as literature and art, religion and philosophy, as well as history and society. It is a major that integrated the widely deep, diverse and complex field both historically and regionally. Majors of "European Civilization" and "American Civilization", those two powers constantly influence the world, Italian, Greek and Latin language courses are also available.
  4. 1 2 Starting in April 2018, American and European Civilization will be offered as one as European and American Studies major.
  5. Starting in April 2018, the Asian Civilization will be merged into the Asian Studies.
  6. Oriental History major will be merged into Asian Studies starting April 2018.
  7. Danish language, Finnish language, Norwegian language and Swedish language.
  8. Graduates of Social Work major will be eligible to apply for the state examination of Certified Social Worker (社会福祉士, shakai fukushi-shi)国家試験受験資格; Psychiatric Social Worker (精神保健福祉士)国家試験受験資格; Certified Care Worker (介護福祉士)国家試験受験資格; the first class teacher's license (welfare)

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