ABOUT US - Tokyo College


Shaping a Shared Future Together

About Us

Tokyo College is one of the University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Studies, a university-wide organization that promotes academic excellence and the internationalization of research environments. Founded in 2019 originally to serve as the central interface between the University of Tokyo and overseas researchers and research institutions, our core philosophy centers around the “Joy of Discovery and Power of Knowledge.” We are committed to the advancement of critical research questions related to “The Earth and Human Society in 2050,” and to that end, the College engages primarily in the following five activities.

1. Inviting distinguished researchers: We invite distinguished researchers and intellectuals from both abroad and within Japan to stay at the College for a set period of time between one month and one year.

2. Nurturing early career researchers: We recruit excellent early career researchers who advance research relating to our primary themes listed below and connect them with established researchers at the University of Tokyo.

3. Fostering research collaboration: We advance cutting-edge, interdisciplinary collaborative research involving not only the researchers affiliated with Tokyo College, but also other researchers at the University of Tokyo.

4. Building institutional networks: We establish joint programs with world-leading academic institutions, such as our faculty exchange with the Collège de France and our joint post-doctoral program with Princeton University.

5.Sharing knowledge: We share cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research with members of society in general through various public events featuring researchers and intellectuals associated with Tokyo College and the University of Tokyo.

At present, Tokyo College focuses on the following five interdisciplinary research themes:

1. Digital Revolution and Future of Humanity

2. Sustainable Futures on a Damaged Planet

3. Japan Viewed from Inside and Outside

4. The Humanities, Society, and the Future of Academic Knowledge

5. Life and its Value for Future Society

In addition to seeking to create a more inclusive society through its research output, our institute also fosters an inclusive environment for its members, an endeavor in line with “UTokyo Compass” and “The University of Tokyo Statement on Diversity & Inclusion.” Tokyo College brings together scholars with many different backgrounds, identities, and experiences, while creating a space for dialogue and community-building across these differences. Believing that diversity is essential to producing innovative research for the better future of the public, we are always looking for opportunities to branch out our research networks and broaden the scope of our research ideas at Tokyo College.