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The University of Tokyo

Website - http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/

The University of Tokyo was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, the University of Tokyo offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the full spectrum of academic activity. The university aims to provide its students with a rich and varied academic environment that ensures opportunities for both intellectual development and the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills.

With a faculty of over 4,000 and a total enrolment of about 29.000 students, evenly divided between undergraduate and graduate students, there are about 2500 international students, and over 2,700 foreign researchers who come annually to the university for both short and extended visits. The University of Tokyo is known for the excellence of its faculty and students and ever since its foundation many of its graduates have gone on to become leaders in government, business, and the academic world.

The University of Tokyo places strong emphasis on cooperation and links at all levels of research and education; interfaculty, interdisciplinary, and with other universities both within Japan and abroad, and is working hard to establish strong local and global research and education networks. Today students and academics from the university take part in 277 official exchange programs and research collaboration agreements with over 200 institutions in 47 countries, and each year many come to The University of Tokyo as part of these exchanges. In April 2005 the university opened its first university-wide overseas liaison office in Beijing, signaling the start of a new phase in efforts to deepen and strengthen ties with Asia and the world.

One of the fruits of this policy was the launch of the IR3S (Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science) with support from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology. With IR3S, The University of Tokyo is spearheading an ambitious and innovative program to research issues relating to the global sustainability of human society, with a particular focus on Asia, and with AGS (Alliance for Global Sustainability) is searching for solutions to problems of global sustainability with other world-class universities. The University of Tokyo’s GSE is a selected partner of Japan’s national G30 program, compromising 13 Global Centers of Excellence, offering all courses and programs in English.

The University of Tokyo is also a member of several international associations of top-class universities, including AEARU (Association of East Asian Research Universities), APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities), and IARU (International Alliance of Research Universities), through which the university promotes cooperation and exchange of researchers and students with partner institutions around the Asia Pacific region and the world

The University of Tokyo is composed of three campuses: Hongo, Komaba, and Kashiwa. In addition, some University of Tokyo facilities are situated in other parts of both Tokyo and the country. The main campus of the university is located in Hongo Bunkyo-ku. Most of the faculties, graduate schools, and research institutes of the university are located on the Hongo Campus.

The Komaba Campus, located in the Komaba section of Meguro-ku, Tokyo, occupies an area of about 35 hectares. Facilities such as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Institute of Industrial Science stand on this campus.

The Kashiwa Campus, the newest of the three, is located in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, a suburb of Tokyo. Housed on this approximately 24-hectare campus are the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, the Institute for Solid State Physics, among other research facilities.

Tri-polar structure, the University of Tokyo.

The University of Tokyo in the twenty-first century is being built up on the strong links among these three campuses, this so-called ‘tri-polar’ strategy of the University whereby each of its campuses take on specific roles. For example, the Hongo Campus, where the Department of Architecture is located, focuses on traditional studies in specialized fields; the Komaba Campus is concerned mainly with (undergraduate) education and research, and activities at the Kashiwa Campus, by way of contrast, are centered on the pursuit of "intellectual adventure" and the stimulation of trans-disciplinary research, for AUSMIP+ both the Kashiwa and Hongo campus will accommodate incoming AUSMIP+ mobility.

The University of Tokyo

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