About Tokai

About Tokai

Tokai Today


Tokai University is a private university established by Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae in1942. “Tokai" of “Tokai University" refers to the sea to the east of Asia, namely the Pacific Ocean, and symbolizes the desire to foster a rich spirit and broad perspectives. Tokai University consists of 8 campuses in Sapporo, Takanawa, Yoyogi, Shonan, Isehara, Shimizu, Kumamoto, and Aso, which are comprised of 21 schools and colleges made up of 79 departments, majors, and programs. Its graduate schools and professional graduate schools offer roughly 50 programs. The total student population is approximately 30,000. The founding spirit and objectives of Tokai University are to contribute to human society, to foster active, talented people and to arouse interest in our earth and a sense of responsibility for the future of mankind. Tokai University's educational guidelines ground these objectives by offering a sound and reliable way of thinking as a basis for living and cultivating the richness of humanity. The core of such education at Tokai University is the "Lecture on Modern Civilization." Since its establishment, Tokai University has prioritized this lecture, based on its belief that a university should not only provide knowledge and technology, but also be a place where the richness of humanity and creativity in each individual is cultivated. One recent initiative that we have been directing our energies toward is fostering of student-initiated projects to nurture our students' ability to apply the knowledge that they have acquired in the classroom to the betterment of society. The projects that we have supported range from the creation of the world fastest solar car “Tokai Challenger," to volunteer activities that assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Tokai University maintains academic exchange agreements with more than 100 universities/organizations in 35 countries. A wide range of international exchange activities are being actively pursued, from those on the academic front involving students, researchers, joint-research projects, and the exchange of academic resources, to cultural and athletic exchanges. There are about 700 international students on campus. Tokai University has five offices abroad (Denmark, Vienna, Hawaii, Korea and Thailand.)

Celebrating the 75th Foundation Anniversary in 2017

75 2017 TOKAI

In 2017, Tokai University will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding. In order to mark this occasion, a new vision for the institution, a “Tokai University that continues to grow and change while maintaining its founding spirit" has been articulated. The 75th founding anniversary is an important moment to reflect upon the university's founding spirit and provides the community with a valuable opportunity to contemplate the best strategy for advancing the quality of education and research as we approach our 100th founding anniversary.

When we arrive at our centennial founding anniversary, we hope to be a university that is not only focused on the present moment but is moving forward along a clear path. For that, the 75th founding anniversary must be approached as an opportunity to solidify our foundations.


Tokai University underwent a third-party evaluation in 2010 and was certified "in conformity." All staff and students participated in a comprehensive survey during the entire 2009 school year. The results were organized in the “2009 Self-Monitoring and Evaluation Report," which was submitted along with "basic university data" and attachments to the Japanese University Accreditation Association Foundation, a certified evaluation and accreditation organization made up of national, public and private universities. The university then underwent a certified evaluation and accreditation process.

As a result, the university received a notice dated March 30, 2011, from the Japanese University Accreditation Association Foundation that it certified the university to be in conformity with the foundation's university standards.

The next third-party evaluation is planned for 2017.

Tokai University's performance in the World University Rankings

Tokai University is ranked in the World University Rankings, administered by Great Britain's “Quacquarelli Symonds: QS" and “Times Higher Education: THE." In the 2015 edition, 4 private Japanese universities including Tokai University received a ranking.

Famous Alumni

Tokai University produces many excellent graduates each year. The following alumni are well known internationally and domestically.

Mr. Tatsunori Hara former manager of the Yomiuri Giants
Mr. Eikoh Harada CEO of Benesse Holdings Inc., former president of McDonald's Japan
Mr. Yasuhiro Yamashita Judoka and Olympic gold medalist
Mr. Kosei Inoue Judoka and Olympic gold medalist
Ms. Maki Tsukada Judoka and Olympic gold medalist
Mr. Shingo Suetsugu track and field athlete and Olympic bronze medalist
Mr. Naoki Tsukahara track and field athlete and Olympic bronze medalist
Mr. Kunihiro Shimizu Japan national volleyball player
Mr. John Fritz Ambassador of Federated States of Micronesia to Japan
Ms. Yuki Nagasato football player
Mr. Kenjiro Shinozuka rally driver
Mr. Baku Yumemakura novelist
Mr. Kitti Tiraseth former President of King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Thailand
Mr. Prakit Tangtisanon former President of King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Thailand
Mr. Marzan Aziz Iskandar former Chairman of Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Indonesia