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Tohoku University is a Japanese national university located in Sendai City. It has 10 faculties, 16 graduate schools, 3 professional graduate schools and 5 research institutes, approximately 5,950 faculty and staff and 18,000 students. As of May 2011, we have about 1,500 overseas students and 1,700 overseas researchers. Since it was established as the third Imperial University in 1907, the university's principle has been to put "Research First," while maintaining an "Open-Door" policy. Tohoku University, which celebrated the 100th Anniversary of its foundation in June 2007, continues to offer students a world-class education, and to conduct pioneering research. The university is determined to take the strongest, most proactive approach possible to prepare for its next 100 years and continue to build on its success.

Tohoku University has 10 undergraduate schools, 16 graduate schools, and 3 professional graduate schools (see "Educational Organization" below for details). As of May 2011 there were around 11,000 undergraduates and 7,250 postgraduates enrolled at the university with approximately 3,000 teaching staff. We maintain an excellent student- teacher ratio of 6:1.

The university has a long history of pioneering research, and current constituents draw inspiration from the contributions to society the university has made in the past. We are proud of this record of achievement, and continue to make significant contributions to intellectual life, the sciences and technology not only in Japan but worldwide. These ongoing contributions have earned wide recognition. For example we rank 3rd in Materials Science and 10th and 20th in Physics and Chemistry respectively in the Thomson Scientific ESI list of most cited papers worldwide. We also have the best citation profile of any Japanese university in the Humanities and Social Sciences. There are 5 research institutes attached to the university committed to sharing the fruits of their high-level studies with our undergraduate and graduate education and research programs: the Institute for Materials Research [National Collaborative Research Institute], Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Institute of Fluid Science, Research Institute of Electrical Communication [National Collaborative Research Institute], and Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials. Furthermore, our graduate schools and research institutes are well funded. Tohoku University has been on top for four consecutive years of the number of patents publication by university. The average research budget commanded per teaching staff member is the highest of any national university (financial year 2006). The university's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of university education has resulted in its selection by high school teachers as the best university in Japan for 5 consecutive years from 2006 to 2010 (Japanese University Ranking by The Asahi Shimbun).

Some famous discoveries and technological advances made at Tohoku University include the Yagi-Uda antenna (Hidetsugu Yagi and Shintaro Uda 1925), the pin diode (Jun-ichi Nishizawa 1952), the principles of perpendicular magnetic recording, (Shun-ichi Iwasaki 1977), magnetic resistant KS steel and new KS steel, (Kotaro Honda 1917 and 1933) and "A method that enabled mass spectrometry analysis of biological macromolecules" for which Koichi Tanaka was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2002. We are very involved in international and interdisciplinary research, and benefit from membership in several major academic networks including the APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities, which includes 42 universities across 16 countries), T.I.M.E. (Top Industrial Managers for Europe), and AEARU (The Association of East Asian Research Universities). Furthermore, we have cooperative agreements for academic collaboration and exchange, involving both students and research staff, with 154 institutions in 29 countries and regions at the university level (as of March 1, 2011 )and a further 323 institutions across 42 countries and regions at the departmental level (as of February 21, 2011). Tohoku University has 16 liaison offices situated in various partner institutions around the world. They support the development of academic networks and work to encourage and invigorate international exchange.

The Future Global Leadership (FGL) program renews Tohoku University's commitment to providing high quality learning and research opportunities in an ideal campus environment for students who aspire to one day take on key international leadership roles. The program has received funding under the Japanese government's Global 30 Project, which aims to develop the internationalization of Japan's higher education and promote centers of excellence in teaching and research. This important support has allowed the university to extend its curriculum and research activities and increase the number of courses offered in English. We value the contributions international students make to the university and we have been pleased to welcome them in ever larger numbers in recent years. We anticipate a further increase in our intake of international students, many of whom will wish to take advantage of our comprehensive graduate and undergraduate programs taught in English. Supporting these students is a complete package which meets all international students' needs, including high quality Japanese language training within each curriculum, on-site admission services and pre- enrollment support, and career support in the fields of domestic and international business and academia. FGL undergraduate and graduate students also have the opportunity to apply for President Fellowship and university housing.

In early modern Japan, Sendai was one of the largest cities in the whole country. Today, the Kawauchi Campus of Tohoku University is located near the old castle's ruins, with old stone walls and monuments telling the story of Sendai's rich history. Sendai is well known as the "Mori no Miyako" (city of trees), as most of the major streets and avenues in the city are lined with zelkova trees. Sendai has all the beauty of the four seasons, with beaches and ski resorts as well as many onsen (hot springs) nearby. Since the founding of Tohoku University in 1907 and the establishment of a great number of other universities, Sendai has come to be known as an 'academic city' (gakuto), with the city's residents offering its students a warm welcome. It has a unique student atmosphere with fashion and art being a vital part of the city life. Our campus has been renovated recently, and offers an environment where both contemporary and traditional Japanese culture richly blend with the natural beauty of Sendai, a city noted for its greenery, parks, history and vibrant culture.

The Center for International Exchange of Tohoku University offers international students the opportunity to receive individual counseling on life in Sendai, health, or questions related to the daily life of international students or study and research at Tohoku University. Moreover, various student groups like TUFSA (Tohoku University Foreign Students Association) and TUMCA (Tohoku University Muslim Cultural Association) organize events like the Tohoku University International Festival, the International Hour, and cooking classes.

For further information please consult the FGL homepage, at
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