Tohoku University

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Tohoku University is consistently ranked amongst the top academic institutions in Japan. Its research achievements and contributions, coupled with its wide network of collaborative partners, led to it being one of the first institutions to be conferred the status of a Designated National University by the Japanese government in June 2017.

  • It is the first to accept both women and graduates from technical schools, departing from the norms of other imperial universities at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Among the inventions that were born at Tohoku University are the split-anode magnetron used in microwave ovens, the steel-wire recorder, and the Yagi-Uda antenna.
  • It pioneered research in next-generation medicine and disaster science, giving local and global communities the necessary tools and knowledge to fight illnesses and be better prepared for natural disasters.