Why Do We Need Your Support?
Tohoku University relies on your generosity to support and maintain many important projects throughout the year. Please have a look below at what the fund has achieved, and projects that we hope to launch as part of the university's "Satomi Vision."
Be a donor and help us continue our proud tradition of academic excellence and community involvement.
Support for Tohoku University
Education and Research Support
At Tohoku University, we strive to provide the most conducive environment for top class education and research. The Tohoku University Fund supports the building of facilities to help nurture our talented students and faculty, and to give their aspirations a place to grow.
International Exchange and Study Abroad Support
The Tohoku University Fund supports the "Tohoku University Foundation Global Hagi Study Abroad Awards." Successful applicants receive scholarships: 150,000-300,000 yen for the preparation and 60,000-100,000 yen for the monthly expenses, to broaden their education overseas for up to a year and a half. By the end of the 2015 fiscal year, 99 outstanding students have received these awards. An additional 128 students have also been subsidized for the "Study Abroad Program," which is a shorter-term program lasting 2-5 weeks.
In 2015, a "High School Bridging Program" was launched, allowing incoming freshmen to spend two weeks overseas before starting classes at the university. More than 30 students have already benefitted from this program, the first of its kind in Japan.
Student Club Activities Support
Clubs and student groups which achieve excellent results in competitions or contribute significantly to the university and local community, are eligible for funding in the form of Extra-curricular Activities Awards. To date, some 70 organizations have received the prize of 50,000 yen each from this scheme. Additionally 31 student organizations active in volunteer activities have been subsidized by up to 300,000 yen.
Social Contribution Activities Support
Among our most valuable resources are our alumni, many of whom are doing important work around the world. In order to strengthen ties between present and past members of our Tohoku University family, the Tohoku University Fund supports the annual Homecoming Day, and alumni meetings and gatherings all over Japan.
Support for Specific Projects
Study Support Fund is launched for supporting students with difficulties in attending university due to economic reasons and is used for the following purposes:
- Partial exemption of admission, tuition and dormitory fees
- Scholarships and student loans
- Support for studying abroad
- Hiring students for research- and education-related jobs in the university, aiming for improving students’ capability
Research Grant for Disaster Mitigation Education
Based on the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake, a class on disaster mitigation has been given to for fifth grade elementary school students who live in the Tohoku region. Students are given an attractive handkerchief - known as "Yui" - showing the "do's and don'ts" during a disaster.
In 2014, Yui was handed out to about 20,800 students in Miyagi Prefecture. Going forward, the university hopes to spread this project to the rest of Japan.
Friends of the TFC: Supporting the Tohoku Forum for Creativity
The first residential research facility in Japan, called the "Knowledge Forum," will invite world-class researchers and Nobel Prize winners to spend three months on campus for intensive exchanges of ideas with students and professors. The hope is to create an intellectual forum from which future world leaders can be nurtured.
Gender Equality Promotion
Tohoku University is active in many programs that promote and encourage women in science. The Gender Equality Promotion Center was launched to provide researchers with support as they balance work and family life. And the Science Angels program, now in its 10th year, provides role models to school-age girls who are interested in a future career in science.
Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Support
Many students adversely affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake need financial aid to continue their education. Since 2011, the Tohoku University Fund has been providing scholarships to students in need.
Sendai is called "The City of Trees," and the New Aobayama Campus has been specially designed to blend into the area's natural surroundings. Described as environmentally harmonious, the new campus draws beauty and energy from nature, as well as its lush green landscapes.
When completed, the campus area will be open to the public. It is hoped that the greenery and the backdrop of academic exploration and achievements will serve as an inspiration to all visitors.
Building a New Extra-Curricular Activities Center (Closed)
The project "Building a New Extra-Curricular Activities Center" was launched January 2015. The center "Kawauchi Hall" is now completed.
The center is located at east of Kawauchi Welfare Facilities in Kawauchi-Kita Campus, and has practice halls for 15 cultural and sports-oriented clubs, training rooms, lounge, indoor swimming pool, sauna, etc. The building is environmental-friendly; for example, the indoor swimming pool is equipped with solar heat collector panels and LED lights with motion detector for energy saving, and is handicapped accessible.
We greatly appreciate your generous support. The Tohoku University Fund continue to launch and to support extra-curricular activities of students.
Expenditure in Fiscal Year 2015
Thank you for your generous support for Tohoku University Fund.
With your donations, many students have achieved their goals in the fields of education and research, and new projects have been launched in Fiscal Year 2015. Please refer the chart below "Expenditure in Fiscal Year 2015".
Recognition for Gifts
- The Tohoku University Fund will publish the name of donors in a General Donors Book. Donors may also remain anonymous if they prefer.
- Awards will be made according to the amount of the donation, as follows:
||Corporation or Organization
|Honorary Service Award
||30 million yen or more
||100 million yen or more
|Special Service Award
||10 million yen or more
||50 million yen or more
||1 million yen or more
||10 million yen or more
|Special Merit Award
||500,000 yen or more
||5 million yen or more
||100,000 yen or more
||1 million yen or more
Donors who qualify for the above awards will also receive the following:
- The donor's name engraved on a plate on the Donors Board located in the Extended Education and Research Building.
- An invitation to the Donors' Party hosted by the president of Tohoku University.
Donations to Tohoku University will qualify for the following tax benefits.
For Japanese taxpayers:
A donation of up to 40% of your annual income (minus 2,000) is tax deductible in the applicable year.
* Note: Additional prefectural and municipal benefits are available for residents of Miyagi Prefecture.
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Donations to the Tohoku University Fund from corporations and organizations are 100% tax deductible in the applicable year.
For US taxpayers:
Donations to the Tohoku University Fund at Give2Asia are tax-deductible. For more details, please visit the Tohoku University Fund at Give2Asia: www.give2asia.org/tohoku_university
For Further Information, Contact:
The Tohoku University Fund
2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai
980-8577 Miyagi Japan
E-mail: kikin*grp.tohoku.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)