For more than a century, Tohoku University has groomed generations of leaders and supported them with the most innovative technology that the world’s best research teams can produce. The university’s achievements have been guided by three tenets since its founding in 1907 – a “Research First” tradition, an “Open Doors” philosophy, and a spirit of “Practice-oriented Research and Education”. Based in Sendai, known as the “City of Trees”, there are currently some 17,800 students and 6,300 faculty members studying and working on our four campuses. In addition to 10 faculties, 15 graduate schools, 3 professional graduate schools, and 6 research institutes, Tohoku University is also home to institutions and centers involved in education and research, a number of libraries, and a hospital. In 2011, Tohoku University was severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The university responded to the disaster by providing expertise and support to the region through numerous reconstruction efforts. Over a decade on, the university remains committed to its role in the recovery process. Our research achievements and contributions, coupled with our wide network of collaborative partners, led to us being one of the first three institutions to be conferred the status of Designated National University by the Japanese government in June 2017.