Tohoku University


Brief Introduction to Tohoku University

Tohoku University was established in 1907 as Japan’s third imperial university. Since its foundation, the university has been committed to both research excellence (‘Research First’ principle) and making education accessible to all (‘Open Door’ policy), being the first university in Japan to accept female students.

Tohoku University is widely recognized as a world-leading comprehensive university by the global community of cutting-edge research and higher education. The university’s five main campuses are located in the beautiful city of Sendai; they are spread around the site of the historical Aoba Castle from the downtown area to the top of Mount Aobayama. The university has 10 undergraduate schools, 17 graduate schools, 3 professional graduate schools and 6 research institutes. As of November 2014, it had approximately 3,200 teaching staff and 17,800 students, of whom about 1,500 were international students from 83 countries. These international students create truly dynamic multicultural communities at the campuses. Global acknowledgment of Tohoku University’s high standards in education and research is evidenced by its large and expanding number of international partnerships: the university currently has university-level agreements with 190 institutions in 32 countries/regions and department-level agreements with 359 institutions in 47 countries/regions. In addition, it has been actively involved in several internationally influential university consortia.

For more details, see the university's facts & figures, and consortia.

Tohoku University continuously strives to advance fundamental knowledge for the betterment of society. It is especially strong in the fields of materials science, physics and chemistry. Tohoku University has continued to contribute to technological innovation, shaping and sustaining our civilization, particularly through the engineering fields of spin and magnetics, information and communications technology, and sensors. Some of the university’s outstanding technological advances include Hidetsugu Yagi and Shintaro Uda’s world-famous directional antenna, Jun-ichi Nishizawa’s optical devices, Kotaro Honda’s KS and NKS steels, and Shun-ichi Iwasaki’s perpendicular magnetic recording technology. In addition, the Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR), which is actively pursuing interdisciplinary science through using mathematics to revolutionize materials science, is a noteworthy example of the university’s ambitious research initiatives.

Other areas that Tohoku University is focusing on with a particularly strong sense of mission are disaster science and medical research. As the largest university in the area affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Tohoku University has taken a leading role in restoration and disaster mitigation efforts. In 2012, it founded the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), which brings together researchers with natural science, engineering, medicine, social science and humanities backgrounds to explore multidisciplinary, holistic approaches to disasters and related issues. In the same year, the university also established the Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo), which is building a biobank that combines medical and genetic information of 150,000 people, who will participate in cohort studies, including a unique three-generation one. ToMMo is also rebuilding the community medical system and supporting health and welfare in the Tohoku area.

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1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Tohoku University published between 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

474 172.78 158.96

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 25 10.35 10.35
Physical Sciences 300 89.59 75.78
Chemistry 126 68.33 68.33
Life Sciences 51 17.15 17.15

1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 50.24% Domestic
  • 49.76% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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