Tohoku University was founded in Sendai as the third Imperial University in 1907. It became the first Japanese university to accept female students. Its principles are research first, open-door and practice-oriented research and education. The university has 10 faculties, 16 graduate schools, three professional graduate schools, six research institutes and affiliated research and education centres. Tohoku University has exchange agreements with 557 institutions in 50 countries and regions and has 16 overseas offices in nine countries (as of 2014).