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Tokyo Medical and Dental University (東京医科歯科大学, Tōkyō ika shika daigaku) is a Japanese national university located in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan. Established in 1928, it was the first national school of dentistry in Japan. TMDU is one of top 9 Designated National University and selected as a Top Type university of Top Global University Project by the Japanese government, and offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees in medicine, dentistry, and related fields. The university ranked 217th in the world and 7th in Japan in 2010.
The university is originally rooted in Eiraku Hospital (永楽病院, Eiraku byōin) which was associated with Tokyo Medical License Exam in 1899. 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 Act, the school became a National University Corporation in 2004.
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.
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. The campus is close to Yushima Tenjin, from which the university plum blossom symbol (five petals) was derived.
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.
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 217th in the world and 7th among all Japanese universities. In the QS World University Rankings in 2010, TMDU ranked number one in Asia in terms of paper citations.
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