Since its founding in 1907, Tohoku University has groomed generations of leaders by a “Research First” tradition, an “Open Doors” policy and working in the spirit of “Practice-oriented Research and Education.” It is not only known as the first university in Japan to admit female students in 1913, but also one of the first to welcome international students. Currently, more than 10 percent of our approximately 18,000 are international, spread across 10 faculties, 15 graduate schools and six research institutes.

Our research achievements and social contributions led to us being one of the first three institutions to be conferred the status of a Designated National University by the Japanese government in June 2017, and in 2022, for the third year in a row, ranked Number One on Times Higher Education’s annual list of Japanese universities.

Over the past decade since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, Tohoku University has been contributed to the recovery and reconstruction of Japan’s devastated Northeast region. Believing that we can, and should, do more to address resilience and sustainability on a global scale, we have introduced a Green Goals Initiative, which is a commitment to further develop green technology, contribute to recovery and resilience, towards the creation of a green future society.