Tohoku University

Tohoku University

Tohoku University Details

  • Country : Japan
  • City : Aoba-ku
  • Acronym : TU
  • Founded : 1907
  • Students (approx.) : 18000
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In the more than 100 years since Tohoku University was founded in 1907, the constant goal has been to become one of the world’s great research universities.

As the 21st President of this university I pledge to continue this pursuit of international excellence in education. We take great pride in the past successes of our students and faculty. Their innovations in science and engineering have helped make the world a better place in which to live.

We learned through the 3-11 disaster that there is so much more we can do to develop new technologies to make the entire world safer and more environmentally friendly. At the same time, while medical support is critical in the aftermath of a disaster, we also know that the arts give us the medium of expression in which to heal the human heart. Thus at Tohoku University we are committed to graduating students with a well rounded, complete education.

We welcome you to join us in pursuing this great challenge.

Dr. Susumu Satomi
President of Tohoku University

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


  • Arts and Letters
  • Education
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Science
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Engineering
    • 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 

  • Arts and Letters
  • Education
  • Law
  • Economics and Management
  • Science
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • International Cultural Studies
  • Information Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Educational Informatics Research Division / Education Division

Professional graduate schools

  • Law School
  • School of Public Policy
  • Accounting School


The origin of the university was Meirin-yokendo , which was founded as a medical school in Sendai in 1736. It was reorganized a few times. Later it became Sendai Medical College; this was the forerunner of the medical department of the university.

On June 22, 1907, the university was established under the name Tohoku Imperial University  by the 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 and foreign students.

In September 1907, it set up the faculty of Agriculture in Sapporo; the Sapporo Agricultural College.

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.

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