World's Leading Hub of Knowledge Producing Nobel laureates in physics, literature, and peace, the University of Tokyo offers you world-class research and educational opportunities.
■ World's Leading Hub of Knowledge
Founded in 1877, The University of Tokyo (known as UTokyo) is Japan's most prestigious university. UTokyo is conducting a wide range of research in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, while making constant efforts to create an interdisciplinary and cutting-edge academic curriculum. UTokyo is renowned for its Nobel Prize-winning research and Nobel Prizes have been awarded to UTokyo graduates for Physics, Literature and Peace.
■ University Structure
UTokyo consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, 9 Faculties, 15 Graduate Schools and 11 Institutes. There are also 17 university-wide centers open to scholars of all departments and faculties of the University; several of these centers are also open to scholars from all universities in Japan. The university-wide centers were created with the aim of facilitating inter-faculty collaboration and interdisciplinary research. A large number of research facilities are also connected to the various faculties of the University. All our institutes and research facilities work closely with their related faculties and graduate schools, and many of the faculty members associated with these institutes are engaged in graduate school instruction and supervise graduate students working towards advanced degrees.
■ Excellence in Research and Education
UTokyo has a long history of producing successful leaders, including prime ministers, high-ranking government officials, lawyers, global corporate executives, bankers, entrepreneurs, as well as many eminent scholars, scientists and researchers. One of the crucial objectives of UTokyo is to cultivate future leaders who will play a key role in a variety of fields in and out of the country. Such leaders must be psychologically tough people equipped with the expertise, technical skills, and high competency to solve problems. Focusing on liberal arts as the core of its curriculum, UTokyo offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs in various academic fields and the excellence in research and education found at UTokyo has been attracting students from all over the world. Currently, we have about 29,000 students enrolled at UTokyo, more than 3,000 of whom are international students from 105 countries and areas.
■ Furthering Internationalization
Under the Global 30 Project, UTokyo is geared towards furthering internationalization. Presently, we offer a number of graduate programs in a wide variety of fields completely organized in English, and we expect other international courses to be prepared in English within a few years. At the undergraduate level, the College of Arts and Sciences will launch two interdisciplinary international programs in 2012,which are "International Program on Japan in East Asia" and "International Program on Environmental Sciences".
■ Exchanging Scholars and Students
Having more than 350 academic agreements with such world-renowned universities as Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, Oxford, Peking, and National University of Singapore, UTokyo places a strong emphasis on exchanging scholars and students. In addition, UTokyo is an active member of consortiums including IARU (International Alliance for Research Universities), APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities), and AEARU (Association of East Asian Research Universities). Many scholars and students from abroad attend UTokyo through academic agreements and consortiums, contributing to creating an international atmosphere.
■ Student Support
As a national university, we offer the advantage of reasonably-priced tuition and further encourage domestic and international students to enroll through tuition waiver programs and scholarships, provided by national and local governments, public organizations and private companies. A large proportion of our international students are funded through such programs. UTokyo also recognizes the achievements of outstanding students with the twice-yearly President's Award, and up to two students may be chosen each year for the President's Grant Award, recognizing particularly outstanding achievement in any year. The International Center is responsible for support services for international students at UTokyo, including education in the Japanese language, adaptation to Japanese culture and customs, counseling and other assistance. We also have a tutorial system for one-on-one language guidance. A cultural exchange program is also provided which matches Japanese volunteers with international students.
■ Campus and Facilities
UTokyo is based on the cornerstone of its three core campuses of Hongo, Komaba, and Kashiwa in the metropolitan area, and strong links with its own facilities in other parts of Tokyo and Japan. The Tokyo campuses have a total area of 163 hectares, and the University possesses over 32,000 hectares of land throughout Japan. At the undergraduate level, UTokyo adopts a flexible system integrating diverse and specialized education on a broad foundation of liberal arts, divided into the junior and senior divisions. All junior division students attend the Komaba Campus for their first two years, where they acquire a solid grounding in their field of study, coupled with a general liberal arts education. For the following two years, many join the senior division at the Hongo Campus, where they continue with further specialization in their field, while students of the College of Arts and Sciences remain at the Komaba Campus to continue their studies. The Kashiwa Campus, the newest campus of the three, houses the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, and the Institute for Solid State Physics. The University library system, centered on the General Library, is composed as a network linking the 37 libraries affiliated with the various faculties, institutes, and graduate schools. It holds approximately 8.7 million books and periodicals, including many rare publications. In response to recent technological innovations, the library system has been actively digitizing scholarly information. The University Museum is actually a system of specialized museums covering a wide range of fields from paleontology to Andean anthropology, and its collection holds nearly half of the University's 6.4 million items related to research.
■ International Lodges
International Lodges were established to provide accommodation for visiting researchers and international students at UTokyo and to help promote cultural awareness and international exchange.
There are 643 rooms for overseas researchers and students in international lodges in Shirokanedai, Komaba, Kashiwa and the International Halls of Residence in Mitaka and Toshima. Mitaka and Toshima International Halls of Residence also have rooms for Japanese students.
■ Close Relation with Society
UTokyo actively promotes links with society through existing corporate relations networks and university-industry partnership, and also strives to develop new channels for the dissemination of research data and knowledge to the local and global communities. Recent efforts to expand and exercise the University's alumni network are part of this program, enabling the transfer of skills and information, fostering communication and expanding students' perspectives. On the global scale, as part of the Open Courseware Consortium, UTokyo makes lectures and other materials available for free on the Internet. Closer to home, individual University entities take part in their local communities, in some cases opening classrooms or other facilities to local schools, providing local community members with access to lectures and classes and cooperating with local government on development programs. The Kashiwa International Campus is a prime example of the benefits of this process. This campus has been developed with the cooperation of the local government, industry and the University, and this relationship is providing know-how and knowledge for local companies while invigorating the new campus.
■ International Cooperation
At UTokyo, we place strong emphasis on cooperation and links at all levels of research and education-interfaculty, interdisciplinary, and with other universities in Japan and overseas-and are working hard to establish strong local and global research and education networks to deepen and strengthen ties with Asia and the world. As of May 2010, students and academics from the University have taken part in 351 official exchange programs in 51 countries, nearly half of which are included in research collaboration agreements, and each year many visitors come to UTokyo as part of these exchanges. In 2005, UTokyo opened its first university-wide overseas liaison office in Beijing, signaling the start of a new phase in our efforts to deepen and strengthen ties with Asia and the world. The establishment of the UTokyo-Yale Initiative in 2007 is aimed to strengthen Japanese studies in the USA and deepen ties between scholars in Yale and UTokyo.