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Tohoku University (東北大学; Tōhoku Daigaku, abbreviated as 東北大 Tōhokudai), located in the city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku region, is one of Japan's most prestigious national universities. The University has ten faculties with a total of around 15,000 students (in 2003).
The university was founded under the name "Tohoku Imperial University" (東北帝國大學 Tōhoku Teikoku Daigaku) in 1907. Originally starting out with faculties of agriculture, science, medicine, it acquired faculties of engineering and law and literature in 1919 and 1922, gave away the faculty of agriculture in 1918 which was to become the separate Hokkaido University. After World War II the university assumed its current name (in 1947) and acquired new faculties of agriculture. Furthermore, the old faculty of law and literature was split up to form new faculties of law, literature, and economics (in 1949). Faculties of education and dentistry and pharmacy were added in 1949 and 1965 and 1972, respectively. Tohoku University has been national university corporation since April 2004.
See also: Imperial university