The University of Tokyo was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, UTokyo 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. In addition to the three main campuses in Hongo, Komaba and Kashiwa, facilities affiliated with the University of Tokyo are spread all throughout Japan.
The merging of Tokyo Kaisei School and Tokyo Medical School created the four Faculties of Law, Science, Letters and Medicine, which came together with a university preparatory school (yobimon; the First Higher School of Japan’s predecessor) to form the University of Tokyo. At first, the three Faculties of Law, Science and Letters were located in the Kanda area, while the Faculty of Medicine was established in the Hongo area.
Currently, the University of Tokyo is comprised of 10 Faculties, 15 Graduate Schools, 11 affiliated research institutes (including the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology), 13 University-wide centers, three affiliated libraries and two institutes for advanced study. Furthermore, the Faculties, Graduate Schools and research institutes have facilities associated with them; for instance, the University of Tokyo Hospital is one such facility.
Prominent graduates from University of Tokyo include 7 Nobel prize laureates in such areas as Literature, Physics, Chemistry and Peace, a number of prime ministers, including Yukio Hatoyama, mathematicians and physicists. Famous University’s alumni include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more.
Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the University of Tokyo 1st in Asia and 20th in the world. QS World University Rankings ranked the University 25th in the world. Global University Ranking ranked the University of Tokyo 3rd in the world and 1st in Asia. Human Resources & Labor Review, a human competitiveness index & analysis published in Chasecareer Network, ranked the university 21st internationally and 1st in Asia. The University of Tokyo was ranked the 1st in the world on the basis of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.
Graduate Schools at the University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus) is located at Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo. The stations near the university are Ueno and Okachimachi on the JR Yamanote line, Ochanomizu on the JR Chuo line, and Keisei-Ueno on the Keisei line. When you come from these stations, it is convenient to take a taxi. The nearest subway stations are Hongo-san-chome on the Marunouchi line and the Oedo line, Nezu and Yushima on the Chiyoda line, and Todai-mae on the Nanboku line. You can walk to the university from these subway stations.