Tohoku University is a leading academic research institution in Japan. Tohoku University was established in 1907 as Tohoku Imperial University and is the third oldest former Imperial University after Tokyo and Kyoto. It was the first university to admit women in Japan, and also pioneer in opening a university to the general public by offering public lectures. Already in 1911, the first foreign students graduated from Tohoku University, thus becoming the Japanese university with the longest history of graduating foreigners. Currently, it is ranked in the top 3 for physics in Japan, has the strongest research environment for spintronics in the country and hosts the largest number of faculty staff working on spintronics at any academic institution worldwide. It is also one of the most attractive universities in Japan for foreign students with about 20% international PhD students.