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The University of Tokyo
Latin: Universitas Tociensis
Former names
Imperial University (1886–1897)
Tokyo Imperial University (1897–1947)
Type National
Established 1877
Academic affiliations
Association of Pacific Rim Universities
Association of East Asian Research Universities
Alliance for Global Sustainability
Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities
Washington University in St. Louis
McDonnell International Scholars Academy
President Makoto Gonokami
Academic staff
2,209 full-time
276 part-time (2017)
Students 28,253 (2017)
Undergraduates 14,002
Postgraduates 14,251
Other students
804 research students
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Campus Urban
Colors Light Blue     
Athletics 46 varsity teams

University of Tokyo (東京大学, Tōkyō daigaku), also known as Tōdai (東大), is a university in Tokyo, Japan.


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

In 1866, the name was changed to Imperial University (帝國大學, Teikoku daigaku).

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

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) and 15 graduate schools.

Faculties and Colleges

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • College & Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty & Graduate School of Economics
  • Faculty & Graduate School of Education
  • Faculty & Graduate School of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of & Graduate School Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of & Graduate School Science

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.

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

Many prime ministers of Japan have studied at University of Tokyo.

Novel Prize receivers

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


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

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