The principle and goals of TUS and the mission, aims and educational goals of TUS schools and departments and retracing our steps from the university's founding.

Advancement Based on Merit,
"Meritocracy"

Founding Spirit
Building a Better Future with Science
Education and Research Ideal
Pursue Science and Technology for the Harmonious Development of Nature, Humanity and Society
Tradition
Known for Having a Strict Merit System Whereby Graduation Is Earned Only by Those Students Who Are Truly Capable

Our university was founded under the name "Tokyo Butsurigaku Koshujo" (Tokyo Academy of Physics) in 1881 by 21 young bachelors of science who had just graduated from Tokyo University, and was renamed to "Tokyo Butsuri Gakko" (Tokyo College of Science) two years later. Even though admission did not involve any examinations, education was tough, allowing less than one in ten students to graduate - strictly adhering to the principle of "Meritocracy" (advancement based on merit), which means that only students who had truly acquired real capabilities were permitted to graduate. In 1949, the Tokyo College of Science was reorganized under the new university system and became the "Tokyo University of Science" (TUS). Along with the advance of science and technology, departments covering a wide range of fields were set up, and today, TUS is the only general university for science and technology in Japan.

Vision-Road to 2021

In 2021, TUS will celebrate the 140th anniversary of its foundation. The forerunner of TUS, Tokyo Academy of Physics, was established in 1881. Under the founding principle "National prosperity built through the promotion of science" and strictly adhering to meritocracy, TUS has produced a large number of professionals supporting the scientific and technological advance of our country. Embracing high ideals and always aiming to be at the forefront, TUS will undergo an even more drastic evolution as it marks its 140th anniversary. Look out for a Tokyo University of Science which has set out to move into the next age.

History