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(as of May 1, 2013)

Faculties / Schools

Faculties / Schools Majors
Arts and Letters Humanities and Social Sciences (Japanese)
Education Educational Science
Law Law
Economics Economics
Business Administration
Science Mathematics

Astronomy and Geophysics

Geoenvironmental Science
Earth and Planetary Materials Science
Medicine Medicine
Health Sciences
Dentistry Dentistry
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Engineering Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Information and Intelligent Systems
Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Agriculture Applied Bio-Sciences
Applied Biological Chemistry

Graduate Schools

Graduate Schools Majors
Arts and Letters Humane Studies
Linguistic Studies
Historical Studies
Human Sciences
Education Educational Science
Educational Design and Measurement
Law Law and Society (Law School)
Public Law and Policy (School of Public Policy)
Legal and Political Studies
Economics and Management Economics and Management
Accountancy (Accounting School)
Science Mathematics
Earth Science
Medicine Medical Sciences
Disability Science
Health Sciences
Dentistry Dental Sciences
Pharmaceutical Science
Molecular Pharmaceutical Science
Life and Pharmaceutical Science
Engineering Mechanical Systems and Design
Aerospace Engineering
Quantum Science and Energy Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Communications Engineering
Electronic Engineering
Applied Physics
Applied Chemistry
Chemical Engineering
Biomolecular Engineering
Materials Science
Materials Processing
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Architecture and Building Science
Management Science and Technology
Bioengineering and Robotics
Agricultural Science Biological Resource Sciences
Life Sciences
Bioscience and Biotechnology for Future Bioindustries
International Cultural Studies Area Studies
Intercultural Relations
Language Studies
Information Sciences Computer and Mathematical Sciences
System Information Sciences
Human-Social Information Sciences
Applied Information Sciences
Life Sciences Biomolecular Sciences
Developmental Biology and Neurosciences
Environmental Life Sciences
Environmental Studies Environmental Studies
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering
Educational Informatics Education Division Educational Informatics
Educational Informatics Research Division  
Professional Graduate Schools Law School(Japanese)
School of Public Policy(Japanese)
Accountancy (Accounting School)

Research Institutes

Institute Department Mission
Institute for Materials Research (Joint Usage / Research Center) 29 divisions Experimental and Theoretical Studies of New Materials and their applications
Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer
(Joint Usage / Research Center)
7 divisions Basic and Clinical Studies of Cancer and Brain Diseases related to the aging process
Institute of Fluid Science
(Joint Usage / Research Center)
3 divisions Theoretical and Experimental Studies on Fluid Flows
Research Institute of Electrical Communication (Joint Usage / Research Center) 4 divisions Theory and Application of Intelligent Information Science and Communications
Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials
(Joint Usage / Research Center)
4 divisions Systematic and futuristic studies of new concepts, methodologies and processes related to advanced materials
International Research Institute of Disaster Science 7 divisions Research on the Theory and Application of Disaster Sciences

Inter-Department Institutes for Education and Research

Institute Mission
Center for Northeast Asian Studies To carry out regional interdisciplinary and integrated studies of North and East Asia, including Japan.
Research Center for Electron Photon Science
(Joint Usage / Research Center)
Using the various electron and photon beams produced via electron accelerators, we aim to promote fundamental study and applied research of the various classes of materials in nuclear physics, accelerator science and material science. Furthermore, through the development of new electron photon beams, we aim to break new ground in unexplored areas of research, develop new areas of research while nurturing researchers and technical experts in the various fields of electron photon science.
Research Center for Neutrino Science To contribute to the advancement of particle physics, astrophysics and geophysics through observation of low-energy neutrinos and research experiments conducted in extremely low-level radioactive environments.
Center for the Advancement of Higher Education
(Joint Educational Development Center)
To plan, promote, and support professional development, and to raise the level of knowledge and pedagogy in universities.
The Center for Academic Resources and Archives (Japanese) To collect, store, preserve and research scholarly materials belonging to the University: including scientific specimens, important official documents as historical records and other materials relating to the University's history, and biological resources grown within the Botanical Gardens; thereby contributing to education and research at the University while also disseminating and making widely available such materials for the advancement of education in society.
International Advanced Research and Education Organization To contribute to the advancement of the research education of this university, by reclamation of the interdisciplinary research in different fields fusion, and the promotion of training of young world-class researchers.
Center for Information Technology in Education
To promote information sciences education, multimedia education and distance learning, to provide digital services for undergraduate and graduate students, and to manage and develop information systems necessary for the achievement of these objectives.
Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center To conduct research studies in various energy fields using the cyclotron and high-level, short-lived radioisotopes, as well as to carry out training in the safe handling of radiation and radioisotopes. Interdisciplinary research is carried out in nuclear biology with an accelerator and instrumentations, as well as in radiopharmaceutical chemistry, cyclotron nuclear medicine, and radiation protection and safety control.
New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe) To respond to the needs of society by creating new technologies and products as well as by exploring new uses and industries. Original and cutting edge research is carried out in collaboration with industry.
Technology Center for Research and Education Activities Establish large-scale research facilities which contribute to the advancement of research and education and to manage these facilities in order to make them available for common use by faculty and other qualified persons. To offer a stable supply of low-temperature liquid and providing guidance in cryogenic technology. To promote upgrading, and the fusing of education and research with social contribution at the University, ensure research functions and equipment designated by the University are shared widely both within and outside of the University through collaborations with campus wide departments, schools and institutions.
Cyberscience Center
(Joint Usage / Research Center)
The Cybersience Center functions as both the Inter-Department Institution for Education and Research, and as the National Collaborative Research Institute. It fulfills a key role in promoting computerization in the University, managing design and operation of cyberinfrastructure based upon high-performance computing, networking and information-related technologies which promote the use of advanced information technology in research and education.

University Collaborating Institutions

Institution Mission
Office of Cooperative Research and Development (Japanese) To promote wide-ranging academic research, contribute to the creation of knowledge, and facilitate institutional management/utilization of research results as the university-owned intellectual properties. To contribute to the establishment of a mutually beneficial collaboration between industry, academia and government, and the further development of our society by providing support for the creation of new business.
Office of Research
This office cooperates with the Tohoku University Research Promotion Council in order to promote research at Tohoku University.
Environment Conservation Center To protect the environment by the correct disposal of all waste products including wastewater, spent oil and other harmful waste (excluding radioactive waste) resulting from research activities conducted at this university. In addition, to conduct research on the technologies needed to deal with the different types of waste, and develop technologies free from secondary pollution for the utilization of waste as raw chemical materials.
Center for International Exchange To promote international exchange, by assisting in the receptions and departures of scholars and students, by supporting the development of international activities and again by assisting foreign scholars and students in their orientation classes on Japan and the Japanese educational system.
Archaeological Research Office on the Campus To investigate and research archeological findings on campus and plan for their preservation and use.
Center for Laboratory Animal Research To evaluate animal experimentation protocols conducted by the Environment/Security Committee and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, to encourage compliance of regulations and safe management in animal experimentation, and to provide education and training to people conducting animal experimentation, we aim to maintain the legality of animal experimentation in our university and promote safe management of animal experimentation through these operations.
Center for Gene Research To evaluate gene recombination research plans conducted by the Environment/Security Committee and the Gene Recombination Research Security Committee. To encourage compliance of regulations and safe management in gene recombination research, and to provide education and training to people conducting gene recombination. We also aim to maintain the legality of gene recombination research in our university and promote safe management of gene recombination research through these operations.
Center for Environmental Conservation and Research Safety(Japanese) Promoting and encouraging educational and research facilities on campus to manage environmental protection, safety, and health.
Campus Design Office To conduct surveys and researches on campus design from the standing point of long-term view and succeeding the tradition of Tohoku University, and to provide expert support to the Campus Comprehensive Planning Committee.
Innovative Leaders Platform(Japanese) We aim to instill the young researchers at our university with practical knowhow and interpersonal skills, and foster human resources with a broad vision and creativity who are able to contribute to the development of industry.
Institute for International Education Our mission is to work together with related departments and Educational Affairs Council in creating an international learning environment through the planning, implementation and support of university-wide English education courses and courses where students can obtain a degree by taking classes only in English.
In addition, by enhancing our system for accepting international students, we aim to instill in our students an international perspective, high-level education, specialist knowledge and practical skills, and foster leaders who will be active on the global scale.
The Office of Japan-Russia Relations To work together with related departments and promote university-level exchange with Russian institutions. To contribute to the development of global research and education networks through the establishment and operation of the Japanese Inter-university Russia Office under the MEXT Global 30 Program.
Global Learning Center To contribute to the production of leaders who will be able to steer our unpredictable global society and create new value in various areas of industrial-academic-government cooperation by collaborating with the related departments and partner schools in order to create an environment that fosters global human resources.

Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR)

Mission As an international research center for innovative material science, AIMR established new atomic and molecular control through the deepening of principle theory on the atomic and molecular level and interdisciplinary integration. Based upon this idea, AIMR creates new materials with innovative and practical functions. Accordingly, AIMR contributes to sustainable development in the Japanese industrial economy, while maintaining a leading-edge and making progress in relevant academic fields.

Information Synergy Organization

Mission The Information Synergy Organization carries out planning, arranging, implementation, management and utilization of university-wide information infrastructures. Moreover, this organization contributes to the promotion of computerization by coordinating improvement, utilizing the management of an information system while providing necessary operations to promote information security systems based upon the information infrastructures.

Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization

Mission Contribution to a creative reconstruction in the Tohoku Region through :
- Building a new type of biobank based on long-term follow up of medical and health information by large-scale cohort studies and genome information in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster area
- Establishment of an advanced medical system and a research center through cultivation of highly specialized human resources
- Improvement of shortage of medical practitioners by effective utilization of medical resources and implementation of advanced genome medicine

Division of Engineering and Technical Staff

Mission The division organizes engineering and technical staff for academic studies and provides coordinated support to strengthen the infrastructure for education and research activities of Tohoku University. To this end, it promotes skill development and appropriate job assignment of the engineering and technical staff.

Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mission To provide students with a well-rounded education, the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences collaborates with the Center for the Advancement of Higher Education to implement and support liberal arts and general science education. Accordingly, the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences contributes to the cultivation of specialized human resources with a creative spirit and high level problem-solving skills.

Micro System Integration Center (μSIC)

Mission As an R&D center for Integration of micro-systems, we aim, through cooperation with industry, to promote the development of micro-system integration techniques, and to contribute to the strengthening of Japan's international competitiveness in the field of integrated circuits. In addition, we aim to apply the technologies in diverse fields such as information-communication, manufacturing, and medicine.

Center for Spintronics Integrated Systems

Mission This center aims to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon and energy-saving society and to the strengthening of international competitiveness in the field of next generation VLSIs, through the development of innovative energy-saving logic VLSIs that fuse spintronics devices and logic-integrated circuits under the collaboration among industries, universities and government focusing on these technologies.

Research Organization of Electrical Communication

Mission The Research Organization of Electrical Communication contributes to the prosperity of information communication and electronics industries located in the disaster areas of Tohoku by convening the wisdom of researchers and technical experts in the fields of electricity, communication and electronics of our university, through the construction of a disaster-resilient information communication network, and through the world leading innovative research development. The organization further contributes to the creation of new industries in our country in the fields of new information communication and electronics, promoting strategic research responding to social issues and contributing to community and national policy, and to the promotion of industry-academia collaborative research.

Center for Collaborative Research on Materials Science

Mission As a base of research and development of materials science, and through the cooperation with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Center for Collaborative Research on Materials Science promotes joint research in the field of materials science, and while investing in the training of leaders and in the production of research results on highest world standard, the Center contributes to the development of science and industrial technology.

Center for Innovative Integrated Electronic Systems

Mission The Center aims to contribute to the enhancement of global competitiveness in the field of next-generation integrated electronics systems, and further, work toward the creation of practical applications and new industries, through the research and development of innovative devices and its integrated electronic systems and constructing a consortium for this field under the international collaboration among industries, universities and government.

Organization for Leading Graduate School Program

Mission In cooperation with other related departments, this program aims for the enrichment of postgraduate education by planning, conducting and supporting credit programs for doctor courses on a global level; it equips graduate school students with a birds-eye view and the power of creativity, and contributes to the development of global leaders capable of working in industry-university-government sectors.

University Library

Number of Volumes

(as of March 31, 2013)

Classification   Types of Materials Main Library Medical Library



Engineering Library Agricultural Library Total
Number of
Books Japanese 1,545,205 166,546 82,947 172,686 82,793 2,050,177
Foreign 1,146,809 250,859 304,116 179,902 61,536 1,943,222
Total 2,692,014 417,405 387,063 352,588 144,329 3,993,399
Perio-dicals Japanese 25,996 4,786 2,267 3,825 3,844 40,718
Foreign 16,993 8,685 7,131 4,209 1,796 38,814
Total 42,989 13,471 9,398 8,034 5,640 79,532

Usage Statistics

(FY 2012)

Classification Main Library Medical Library Kita-
Engineering Library Agricultural Library Total
Visitors 550,094 199,094 59,104 118,827 48,742 975,861
External Readers 27,924 1,253 2,576 103 414 32,270
Books for Loan 170,623 21,491 18,437 47,782 9,849 268,182
Reference Services 9,860 3,819 3,094 4,753 1,950 23,476
Information Retrieval Services 16,051 8,137 1,392 2,139 878 28,597
Literature Duplication 9,222 33,996 3,203 9,079 1,843 57,343


1. National Treasures Shiki Kobun Hongi / Shiji Xiao Wen benji di shi v.10 (Heian Period)
Ruiju kokushi v.25 (Heian Period)
2. Cherished Books
(Total: 930 items)
Japanese books: 820 items (including 574 items of Kano Collection)
Foreign books: 110 items
3. Major and
Special Collections
Kano Collection(consisted of about 108,000 books including the above two national treasures), Wasan(native mathematics of Japan) Collection, Tibetan Tripitaka(sde dge edition), Soseki Collection, Abe(Jiro) Collection, Bansui Collection, Orui(Noburu) Collection, Kojima(Kikuo) Collection, Ishizu(Teruji) Collection, Umehara(Sueji) Collection, Yajima(Genryo) Collection, Kushida(Tamizo) Collection, Haseda(Taizo) Collection, Wada(Saichirou) Collection, Sunaga(Shigemitsu) Collection, Kinoshita(Akira) Collection, Takayanagi(Shinzo) Collection, Miyata(Mitsuo) Collection, Ito(Nobuo) Collection, Kouno(Yoichi) Collection, Nakano(Tadashi) Collection, Nakamura(Kichiji) Collection, Hirayama(Akira) Collection, Matsumoto(Kinju) Collection, Yanase(Yoshimoto) Collection, Kanaya(Osamu) Collection, Wundt Collection(Wilhelm Wundt), Koeber Collection(Raphael von Koeber), Stein Collection(Friedrich Stein), Seckel Collection(Emil Seckel), Zitelmann Collection(Ernst Zitelmann), Würfel Collection(Georg Würfel), The Akita archive, Documents of the Haruyama family

University Hospital

(as of April 1, 2013)

Divisions Clinical Departments Beds
Medicine Internal Medicine 1,262
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Urology
Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
Sense Organ and Rehabilitation Medicine
Dentistry Oral Health Enhancement
Oral Medicine and Surgery
Oral Reconstruction
Rehabilitation of Oral Function

Number of Patients

(FY 2012)

Total Number of
Average Number of
Inpatients per day
Medicine 382,871 1,049.0
Dentistry 7,958 21.8
Total Number of
Average Number of
Outpatients per day
Medicine 580,275 2,368.5
Dentistry 147,796 603.2

Advanced Medical Care

We also conduct "Advanced Medical Care" in 14 special fields.
(as of April 1, 2013)

(FY=Fiscal Year / Financial Year)

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