Tohoku University was founded in 1907 as the third imperial university and it became the first Japanese University to accept female students in 1913. It is committed to the “Research First” principle, “Open-Door” policy and “Practice-Oriented Research and Education”.
Tohoku University consists of 10 undergraduate faculties, 16 graduate schools, 3 professional graduate schools and 6 research institutes. It has over 18,000 students and the number of staff employed amounts to about 6000. It maintains University-level agreements in 31 countries with 172 institutions, agreements on department level in 43 countries with 335 institutions and belongs to several internationally influential university consortia.
Tohoku University is competitive at the cutting edge of international research and has gained a high international reputation in several research fields including materials science, physics, chemistry and engineering. WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR) is a world-class research centre and conducts interdisciplinary research which implements new innovation methods of atomic and molecular control.
As a new initiative in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, Tohoku University established in 2012 the Institute for Disaster Reconstruction and Regeneration Research as a centre of excellence, bringing together the world’s wisdom in order to contribute to the reconstruction and regeneration of the region by transmitting research results and putting them into practice.