University of Tokyo

national university in Tokyo, Japan

University of Tokyo (東京大学, Tōkyō daigaku), also known as Tōdai (東大), is a university in Tokyo, Japan.[2] It is the oldest and most difficult to get into among all the universities in Japan.[3]

The University of Tokyo
Latin: Universitas Tociensis
Former names
Imperial University (1886–1897)
Tokyo Imperial University (1897–1947)
Academic affiliations
Association of Pacific Rim Universities
Association of East Asian Research Universities
Alliance for Global Sustainability
Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities
PresidentTeruo Fujii
(Teruo Fujii)
Academic staff
3,937 full-time
Students28,253 (2017)[1]
Other students
804 research students
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ColorsLight blue



The modern university was established in 1877. It merged older government schools for medicine and Western learning.[4]

In 1886, the name was changed to Imperial University (帝國大學, Teikoku daigaku).[4]

In 1897, the name became Tokyo Imperial University (東京帝國大學, Tōkyō teikoku daigaku).[4]

After the end of World War II, the early name of the school was restored.



The University of Tokyo has 10 faculties (schools for undergraduate students)[5] and 15 graduate schools.[6]

Faculties and Colleges


Graduate Schools

  • Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
  • Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
  • Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
  • Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
  • Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
  • Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences

Research Institutes


The University of Tokyo has the following research institutes.[13]

Non-Scientific Institutes

  • Institute of Oriental Culture
  • Institute of Social Science

Scientific Institutes

  • Institute of Medical Science
  • Earthquake Research Institute
  • Institute of Industrial Science
  • Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • Institute for Cosmic Ray Research
  • Institute for Solid State Physics
  • Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
  • Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology

Notable alumni


National leaders


17 prime ministers of Japan have studied at University of Tokyo.[14]

Nobel Prize receivers


Ten alumni of University of Tokyo have received the Nobel Prize.

Apart from them, two Nobel Prize winners did their PhD at University of Tokyo: Shin'ichirō Tomonaga and Satoshi Ōmura. A few more Nobel Prize winners have worked at University of Tokyo.



Other graduates also include Masao Iri, Masatake Mori, Masaaki Sugihara and Toshio Irie.[15]



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  7. Ichimura, K., Nibu, K. I., & Tanaka, T. (1997). Nerve paralysis after surgery in the submandibular triangle: review of University of Tokyo Hospital experience. Head & neck, 19(1), 48-53.
  8. Sora, S., Ueki, K., Saito, N., Kawahara, N., Shitara, N., & Kirino, T. (2001). Incidence of von Hippel-Lindau disease in hemangioblastoma patients: the University of Tokyo Hospital experience from 1954–1998. Acta neurochirurgica, 143(9), 893-896.
  9. Ohe, K., & Kaihara, S. (1996). Implementation of HL7 to client-server hospital information system (HIS) in the University of Tokyo Hospital. Journal of medical systems, 20(4), 197-205.
  10. Togashi, J., Akamastu, N., & Kokudo, N. (2016). Living donor liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma at the University of Tokyo Hospital. Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition, 5(5), 399.
  11. Akamatsu, N., & Kokudo, N. (2016, May). Living liver donor selection and resection at the University of Tokyo Hospital. In Transplantation Proceedings (Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 998-1002). Elsevier.
  12. Tsubaki, T., Orii, T., & Sugiura, M. (1990). Utilization of a computerized system at the pharmacy department of the University of Tokyo Hospital--impact of prescription order entry and computerized dispensing system. Japan-hospitals: the Journal of the Japan Hospital Association, 9, 61-67.
  13. "Departments". The University of Tokyo. Archived from the original on 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  14. "大学別総理大臣リスト" [List of Prime Ministers by University] (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2010-01-28.
  15. "Historical Figures". Birth of the Japanese Constitution. National Diet Library of Japan. Retrieved 24 May 2013.

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