Hokkaido University was originally founded as Sapporo Agricultural College in 1876 to educate students to become national leaders, and to help develop the potential of Hokkaido. The university upholds the education and research principles of “frontier spirit”, “global perspectives”, “all-round education”, and “practical learning” which developed over its 140-year history.
The university aims to encourage creative research that does not segregate theory from practice, and to promote world-class research to solve problems confronting humankind.
Currently, all our faculty members, students, and graduates make a concerted effort to transform the campus into a global base for education and research.
Hokkaido University is a member of RU11, consisting of 11 research universities in Japan. In fiscal year 2014, the Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative (HUCI) project was selected as one of the 13 universities for the Top Global University Project Type A (Top type) to be funded during 2013-2023 under the support of MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
In an effort to develop future global leaders, Hokkaido University established special programs for undergraduate students named NITOBE College and for graduate students named NITOBE School. Both programs are intended for selected students of all departments and provided in addition to the normal curriculum. The students benefit from receiving advice from alumni mentors as well as receiving scholarships to study abroad.
In 2014, Hokkaido University formed a new organization to enable researchers to focus on certain academic fields relevant to particular regional and global issues: the GI-CoRE (Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education). The university invites distinguished research groups from around the world to conduct cutting-edge research and educational activities together with Hokkaido University’s researchers, in such fields as quantum medical science and engineering, zoonosis control, and food, land and water resources.
Between June and August, more than 70 courses called the “Hokkaido Summer Institute” will be set up both inside and outside the university campus. We have at our disposal not only Hokkaido’s vast natural resources, but also such resources as our cutting-edge research facilities, extensive research forests, and a brand-new training ship. Students from around Japan and overseas will gather and learn while working and mixing with Hokkaido University students.
Hokkaido University was the nation’s first institute of higher education to award bachelor’s degrees. “Boys, be ambitious!” is what Dr. William S. Clark, the first Vice-Principal, was quoted as saying to his students before leaving Sapporo. This phrase is well known among Japan’s youth and also serves as Hokkaido University’s maxim.
Graduate School/Faculty of Letters
Graduate School/School of Law
Graduate School/School of Economics and Business Administration
Graduate School/School of Medicine
Graduate School/School of Dental Medicine
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
Graduate School/Faculty/School of Fisheries Science
Graduate School/Faculty of Environmental Earth Science
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Graduate School/Research Faculty/School of Agriculture
Graduate School of Life Science
Graduate School/Faculty/School of Education
Graduate School of International Media, Communication and Tourism Studies/Research Faculty of Media and Communication
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Graduate School of Chemical Science and Engineering
Graduate School/Faculty of Public Policy
First Year Education Division
Field Science Center of Northern Biosphere
Center for Advanced Tourism Studies
Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education
Education and research
Kita 8, Nishi 5, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0808, Japan
3-1-1, Minato-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido 041-8611, Japan
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Hokkaido University is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious universities in Japan. Boasting the largest number of faculties of Japan’s national universities, we cover almost all areas of the humanities and social and natural sciences and are leader in research activities in Japan and the world. Our alumni include a Nobel laureate, business leaders, research pioneers, artists and writers.
Our graduates benefit from the university’s determination to develop curious minds that are ready to embrace challenges and acquire knowledge, reveal new global perspectives and find solutions that change society for the better.
In 2014, Hokkaido University was ranked 39th in the QS World University Rankings in the field of agriculture/forestry and within the top 100 in six fields: chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, biological sciences, and earth/ocean sciences. Since our inclusion as one of the Imperial Universities back in 1907, we have remained in the top tier of universities in Japan.
We offer a broad-based educational experience, world-class research facilities, and all the attractions of living in the cosmopolitan city of Sapporo. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, our campuses clean and safe, and we are located in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.
President: Keizo Yamaguchi
Academic staff: 2,057
Technical staff: 986
Administrative staff: 848
Specialist staff: 19
Students (total): 17,844
*As of 2014
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