Tohoku University is a research-oriented institute located in Sendai—the ‘City of Trees’—in the heart of the Tohoku (northeast) region of Japan. The university was established in 1907 as Japan’s third Imperial University, and today its researchers are internationally recognized for their outstanding contributions, especially in materials science, physics, chemistry, engineering, and medicine. The university comprises 10 undergraduate faculties, 16 graduate schools, 3 professional graduate schools and 5 research institutes. It is one of Japan’s leading universities, with approximately 5,700 faculty and staff and 18,000 students. As a research university, it embodies the notion that good teaching practice is founded on advanced research capabilities.