History, Affiliations, and Rankings
The University of Tokyo began its journey in 1877 in Tokyo, Japan, when it was chartered by the Meiji Government under its current name for medicine, various traditional scholars, and modern learning. It was renamed "the Imperial University" in 1886, and then Tokyo Imperial University in 1897 when the Imperial University system was created. Tokyo University has been affiliated with the International Alliance of Research Universities, Association of East Asian Research Universities, Alliance for Global Sustainability, BESETOHA, and Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities. QS World University Rankings 2022 gave it a global rank of #=23, Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2022 gave it a global rank of #=35, and US News and World Report gave it a global rank of #77.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
The main Hongo campus occupies the former estate of the Maeda family, Edo period feudal lords of Kaga Province. One of the university's best-known landmarks, Akamon (the Red Gate), is a relic of this era. The symbol of the university is the ginkgo leaf, from the trees found throughout the area. The Hongo campus also hosts the University of Tokyo's annual May Festival. The University has a total of 15 schools and Universities namely the College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Education and Graduate School of Education, Faculty of Engineering and Graduate School of Engineering, Faculty of Law and Graduate School for Law and Politics, Faculty of Letters and Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, Faculty of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, and Graduate School of Public Policy.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Since its establishment 144 years ago, the University of Tokyo has had a long road of history and achievements. It is considered to be the most selective and prestigious university in Japan and is counted as one of the best universities in the world. According to the Weekly Economist 2010 rankings, graduates from Todai have the 12th best employment rate in 400 major companies in Japan. Many notable alumni like Toshihiko Fukui (Governor of the Bank of Japan), Minoru Harada, Buddhist leader (6th President of Soka Gakkai), and Mantar Hashimoto (linguist and sinologist) have graduated from the University of Tokyo
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Over 13% of the Student Body of the University of Tokyo comprises International Students. More than 3,800 students from over 120 countries attend the University every year. It is from a total of more than 27,000 students. The Career Service Center of the University of Tokyo offers many resources to the students and alumni for connecting with potential employers and creating a better CV and a resume. The University hosts many career fairs for students to interact with employers.