The University of Tokyo was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, the University of Tokyo offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the full spectrum of academic activity. The university aims to provide its students with a rich and varied academic environment that ensures opportunities for both intellectual development and the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills.
The University of Tokyo has a faculty of over 4,500 and a total enrollment of about 29,000, evenly divided between undergraduate and graduate students. As of 2009 there were 2,555 international students, and in 2008 over 3,500 foreign researchers come annually to the university for both short and extended visits while 9,130 academics visited foreign universities for academic purposes. The University of Tokyo is known for the excellence of its faculty and students and ever since its foundation many of its graduates have gone on to become leaders in government, business, and the academic world.