Faculty Members

山口 昌弘
センター長 Director
/ 副学長(教育改革・国際戦略担当)Vice President (Education Reform and Global Engagement)
/ 副機構長 / 理学研究科教授
山口 昌弘 YAMAGUCHI, Masahiro

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  • 専門分野 / Field |素粒子物理学 Elementary Particle Physics
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|As the Director of the Global Learning Center (GLC), I am in charge of international educational exchange and global education.

I exert myself to realize an educational system that will foster young people who can live in this global era and lead their generation. The GLC conducts the Tohoku University Global Leader Program (TGL), which provides global education for our students, and promotes our outbound study abroad programs. In addition, it is developing the Future Global Leadership (FGL) program for excellent students from around the world, and various short-term inbound programs.

粕壁 善隆
副センター長 / 教授 Deputy Director/Professor

粕壁 善隆 KASUKABE, Yoshitaka

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  • 専門分野 / Field |粒子線材料工学 Particle Beam Material Engineering
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|Junior Year Program in English (JYPE)・Cooperative laboratory Study Program (COLABS)

I welcome all inquiries from those considering overseas studies in the natural sciences, particularly with regards to cooperative research with world-class researchers in departments at overseas partner schools and those wishing to leap ahead in the field of joint research.

末松 和子
副センター長 / 教授 Deputy Director/Professor
/ 総長特別補佐(国際交流担当)Special Advisor to the President (International Educational Exchange) 末松 和子 SUEMATSU, Kazuko

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  • 専門分野 / Field |異文化間教育学 Intercultural Education
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|東北大学グローバルリーダー育成プログラム(TGLプログラム)、文系受入プログラム(IPLA、DEEP)、派遣留学(交換留学・短期研修)、国際教育カリキュラム開発 留学生教育・支援、グローバルラーニングセンター運営、国際戦略(学生交流) /
    Tohoku University Global Leader (TGL) Program, incoming liberal arts programs (IPLA, DEEP), outgoing study abroad (exchanges/short-term studies), international educational curriculum development, international student education/support, Deputy Director of Global Learning Center, international strategy (student exchange)


I wear different hats at the Global Learning Center, responsible for internationalizing curricula, teaching intercultural education classes, managing international programs, directing various teams involved in developing short study abroad programs, supervising students who are planning to study abroad as well as incoming international students, and developing international strategies for the university.

特任教授 Specially Appointed Professor フランク・ハンセン HANSEN, Frank

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  • 専門分野 / Field |関数解析学 Functional Analysis
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, FGL Program

Frank Hansen is a professor of mathematics at Tohoku University, Japan and teaches mathematics at the FLG International Undergraduate Program.
Frank Hansen obtained his Ph.D (1983) and his Doctor of Science degree (2000) at Copenhagen University, Denmark, and he is the author of 58 scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals and some books.
The field of research is within non-commutative mathematics and mathematical physics with an emphasis on the geometrical properties of operator mappings; with applications in quantum mechanics, quantum statistical mechanics and quantum information theory.

Research Activities

渡邉 由美子
教授 Professor 渡邉 由美子 WATANABE,Yumiko

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  • 専門分野 / Field |地球化学、アストロバイオロジー Earth Science and Astrobiology
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|FGL Program、学生支援 /
    FGL Program, Student Support


I want to use my experience studying at an American university and professional abilities to help international students have a richer life in Japan, not only in terms of their research, but also daily life. Of course, I will also welcome any questions related to Earth Science and Astrobiology.

小池 武志
准教授 Associate Professor 小池 武志 KOIKE, Takeshi

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  • 専門分野 / Field |原子核物理実験 Experimental nuclear physics
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|FGL Program (Freshman Physics)


My main activity thus far has been research on nuclear structure through experiments using particle accelerators both in Japan and abroad. In my field of basic science research, the research activities themselves cannot be sustained without an international environment. My vision of globalization is not that of a world of global standardization, but rather of symbiosis and cohabitation through a web of diversity (interconnected diversity), a vision to which I am also led as I try to understand the working of the natural world. Students from the FGL program foster originality in their diverse campus life and leave with an aspiration to face global problems and crises; this is one of my dreams.

准教授 Associate Professor ノルボシン・ザンペイソフ ZHANPEISOV, Nurbosyn

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  • 専門分野 / Field |理論化学 Physical Chemistry
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|FGL Program, Japan-Russia Relations Office

I have strong collaboration research experience with many research groups in Germany, Japan and the USA as well as my teaching experiences at Japanese Universities. My mother and Russian languages are very helpful in handling different things related to internationalization of education at Tohoku University. At the FGL Program of Tohoku University, I will teach the Chemistry Courses (Chemistry A, B and C as well as "Fundamentals of crystal structures of solids" course) for undergraduate students.

准教授 Associate Professor イゴール・トルシン TRUSHIN, Igor

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  • 専門分野 / Field |解析学・偏微分方程式論 Analysis, Differential Equations
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|Associate Professor, FGL Program, Japan-Russia Relations Office

I was educated in Soviet Union and have more than 10 years of teaching experience in Saratov University, Russia. After that I worked as visiting professor at Ewha Womans University, Korea and had taught at different Japanese Universities. Now I teach the Mathematics Cources (Analysis A, B, Linear Algebra A, B and Fundamental Mathematics Seminar on Selected Topics of Calculus) for undergraduate students at the FGL Program of Tohoku University.

准教授 Associate Professor マルタン・ロベール ROBERT, Martin

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  • 専門分野 / Field |生命科学 Biochemistry, Cell Biology
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|First year biological sciences curriculum (FGL program) - University International network development - Research on bacterial metabolic function and complex systems

Martin Robert is Associate Professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. He teaches biological sciences core courses at the FGL International Undergraduate Program including fundamental courses in cell biology and biochemistry and a course that merges principles of physiology and systems biology. In addition, Martin is actively pursuing research on the metabolic function of E. coli. His interests are centered on functional enzyme genomics using metabolomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics tools, the metabolic response of E. coli during adaptive evolution, and the dynamics and systems biology of this bacterium.
Martin obtained his B.Sc. (1990) and PhD. (1996) in biochemistry from McGill University in his native Montreal, Canada. This was followed by postdoctoral training (1996-2001) in a private pharmaceutical research institute, part of the Chugai-Roche group near Tsukuba, Japan where he worked on cellular aging and cytokine receptors. He also worked as project manager at Euroscreen, a biotech company in Brussels, Belgium (2001-2002). Prior to joining the faculty at Tohoku University in 2013, Martin was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, a pioneering institute part of Keio University in Japan, the oldest private university in the country. Martin is also guest lecturer at Yamagata University.


宮本 美能
准教授 Associate Professor 高橋 美能 TAKAHASHI, Mino

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  • 専門分野 / Field |社会教育学 Social Pedagogy
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|東北大学グローバルリーダー育成プログラム(TGLプログラム)、海外留学(スタディアブロードプログラム、交換留学)・国際共修授業担当 /
    Tohoku University Global Leader (TGL) Program, overseas study (Study Abroad Program, exchange studies), International Program in Liberal Arts (IPLA), Teaching Intercultural Exchange Subjects, Promoting Student Exchange, and Developing Summer and Spring programs


I had a lot of difficulties in living and studying abroad when I was a student, and now I can say that I am grown up because of being helped by many kind people. Thus, this is my turn to help you whenever you face any programs during your stay. Please do not hesitate to come and talk to me. I look forward to seeing you in Sendai.
I am teaching "Promoting Human Rights Education" and "Practicum in Education for International Understanding". I try to make the classroom as democratic as possible and mix with International and Japanese students. I will wait for you to join us for our interesting discussions.

富田 真紀
准教授 Associate Professor 富田 真紀 TOMITA,Maki

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  • 専門分野 / Field |国際教育開発・評価 International Educational Development/Evaluation
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|東北大学グローバルリーダー育成プログラム(TGLプログラム)、短期海外研修(SAP)、海外体験プログラム、TEA's English
    Tohoku University Global Leader (TGL) Program, Study Abroad Program (SAP), Overseas Experience Program, TEA's English

I have worked for UNICEF, UNESCO, and JICA; in addition to Asia, I lived in Africa for two years. Living in a developing nation overturned everything I had taken for granted until then, and broadened my perspectives and abilities in ways that would be impossible in a developed country. Together, I hope we can learn more about developing nations.

渡部 留美
准教授 Associate Professor 渡部 留美 WATANABE, Rumi

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  • 専門分野 / Field |異文化間教育・国際教育交流 Intercultural Education, International Education
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|地域連携、生活支援、SAP、国際共修授業
    Study Abroad Program (SAP), summer program (Tohoku University Japanese Program), international student advising, intercultural co-learning class

I have experience in a number of international activities, such as working as a tutor for International students and joining the Association of International Student Exchange, as well as studying abroad as an exchange student when I was a student. We offer a lot of International Exchange Programs on campus. So, please do not hesitate to participate in those programs to broaden your horizons.

渡部 由紀
准教授 Associate Professor 渡部 由紀 WATABE, Yuki

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  • 専門分野 / Field |比較・国際教育学 Comparative and International Education
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|東北大学グローバルリーダー育成プログラム(TGLプログラム)、海外留学(短期海外研修SAP、交換留学)/Tohoku University Global Leader (TGL) Program, Overseas Study Programs (Study Abroad Program, Exchange Studies)


Over the past ten years I have been researching issues related to the internationalization of higher education. I am interested in how universities are evolving as globalization and cultural diversity are increasingly influencing many aspects of higher education institutions. More specifically, my research looks at how higher education systems can promote international education and student exchange, and how faculty can facilitate and maximize intercultural learning among students with diverse cultural and academic backgrounds. My research is also influenced by the practical work I have done engaging in international education exchange duties at universities in Japan and the United States. I am looking forward to exploring these issues further and learning with the students here at Tohoku University.

特任准教授 Specially Appointed Associate Professor 坂本友香 SAKAMOTO, Yuka

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  • 専門分野 / Field | 国際教育 International Education
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|海外留学(短期海外研修SAP、交換留学)、留学生受入れ(DEEp-Bridge)、国際広報 Outbound: Overseas Study Programs (Study Abroad Program, Exchange Studies), Inbound: Direct Enrollment Education Program for Humanities/Social Science Faculties (DEEp-Bridge), PR

日本とアメリカの大学において15年にわたり、国際教育交流の仕事に携わってきました。高校卒業後、米大学、大学院へ留学し、現地の大学では留学生アドバイザー、アカデミックアドバイザーとして働いていました。10年間の滞米経験を経て帰国し、国際教育交流に携わるプロフェッショナルとしてキャリアを築いてきました。留学中は、数多くのインターンシップやボランティアにも挑戦しました。座右の銘は”Challenge yourself and challenge the world”です。何事にも挑戦すれば道は拓けます。

Upon finishing high school in Japan, I studied and worked in the United States for ten years. With over a decade of professional experience in higher education both in the U.S. and Japan, I bring substantial experience in student advising. My professional goal is to work with students to promote cross-cultural understanding and to assist them to achieve their professional and academic goals. As an international educator, I enjoy working closely with domestic and international students as well as colleagues overseas.

島崎 薫
講師 Senior Assistant Professor 島崎 薫 SHIMASAKI, Kaori

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  • 専門分野 / Field |日本語教育学・教育人類学 Japanese Language Education, Educational Anthropology
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|短期海外研修(SAP)、東北大学グローバルリーダー育成プログラム(TGLプログラム) /
    Study Abroad Program (SAP), Tohoku University Global Leader (TGL) Program, Academic advisor to exchange programs (International program in Liberal Arts, Direct Enrollment Education Program), Coordinator of summer program (Tohoku University Japanese Program)


I received my bachelor and master degrees in Japanese Language Education from Tohoku University. While enrolled here, I studied abroad twice at the University of New South Wales in Australia. I received my doctorate from that same university in Australia as a full-time international student. Please talk to me if you are interested in the SAP or TGL programs.
Keep an open mind, try something new and be creative! Enjoy your journey in Sendai.
We always support your life at Tohoku University.

Shota Hayashi_glc1
特任助教 Specially Appointed Assistant Professor 林 聖太 HAYASHI, Shota

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  • 専門分野 / Field | 英語教育学・英語教授法
    English Language Education, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • 担当職務 / Main Duties|東北大学グローバルリーダー育成プログラム(TGLプログラム)、短期海外研修(SAP)、海外体験プログラム、国際共修授業
    Tohoku University Global Leader (TGL) Program, Study Abroad Program (SAP), Overseas Experience Program, intercultural co-learning class


Since acquiring a Master’s degree in TESOL in the U.S.A., I have taught 4-skills English classes and English test preparatory courses at universities in Japan.
Through studying abroad, I have gained experience in cross-cultural understanding, and have seen the world from international students’ perspective. I am more than happy to support Tohoku University students interested in studying abroad, and provide them with an opportunity to enrich their university experience through studying abroad.