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|Established||Founded March 1876,
Chartered April 1, 1918
|Location||Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan|
--acres (3.0 km²)
|Athletics||-- varsity teams|
Hokkaido University (北海道大学 Hokkaidō daigaku?), or Hokudai (北大?), is one of the national universities of Japan. It is a member of the National Seven Universities, which were established as the best national higher education or research institute. It is located in downtown Sapporo, just north of Sapporo Station, and stretching approximately 2.4 kilometers northward. It is considered as one of the top universities in Japan.
- 1 History
- 2 Faculties and graduate schools
- 3 Campus
- 4 Educational philosophy
- 5 Academic rankings
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Points of interest
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Hokkaido University (Hokudai for short) was originally founded in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College (札幌農學校 Sapporo nōgakkō?) by William S. Clark with the help of five faculty members and a first class size of 24 students. In September 1907, Tohoku Imperial University (東北帝國大學 Tōhoku teikoku daigaku?) set up the faculty of Agriculture in Sapporo. Sapporo Agricultural College took the lead it. Tohoku Imperial University ceded the Faculty of Agriculture to Hokkaido Imperial University (北海道帝國大學 Hokkaidō teikoku daigaku?) on April 1, 1918. It was one of nine Imperial Universities. The School of Medicine was established in 1919, at which time the Agricultural College became the Faculty of Agriculture. This was followed by the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Science, and finally in 1947, the Faculty of Law and Literature. The current name of Hokkaido University also came into use in 1947. In 1953, the Graduate School was established.
Since 2004 the university has been incorporated as a National University Corporation under a new law which applies to all national universities. Although the incorporation has led to increased financial independence and autonomy, Hokkaido University is still partially controlled by the Japanese Ministry of Education.
Faculties and graduate schools
- Health Sciences (radiation technology, laboratory technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy)
- Dental medicine
- Veterinary medicine
- Fisheries sciences
- Pharmaceutical sciences
- Science (mathematics,physics, chemistry, biology, biological chemistry, earth and planetary sciences)
- Economics and business administration
- Dental medicine
- Veterinary medicine
- International media and communication
- Information science and technology
- Fisheries sciences
- Environmental earth science
- Pharmaceutical sciences
- Life science
- Public policy
The University's Institute of Seismology and Volcanology, Hokkaido University|Institute of Seismology and Volcanology is represented on the national Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction.
The main Sapporo campus is located just north of Sapporo Station, and holds every programs available in Hokkaido University except its Faculty of Fisheries Science, and also Graduate School of Fisheries Science.
The campus is located in Hakodate, the city located in southern part of Hokkaidō. Faculty and Graduate School of Fisheries Science are practiced in this campus. However, the students of Fisheries Science start their education in Hakodate campus from the second semester of their sophomore year, due to the fact that it is required for all freshmen and sophomores at their first semester to take courses in liberal arts at Sapporo campus.
- Frontier Spirits (フロンティア精神 Furontia Seishin?)
- Global Perspectives (国際性の涵養 Kokusaisei no Kan-yō?)
- All-round Education (全人教育 Zenjin Kyōiku?)
- Practical Learning (実学の重視 Jitsugaku no Jūshi?)
|Toyo Keizai National||General||14|
|T. Reuters National||Research||7|
(Asian Ranking version)
|QS World||General||144 (2013)|
|Social Sciences & Humanities|
|BE Success National||Qualification||9|
|BE Pass rate National||Qualification||6|
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT
|Eduni MBA National||General||11|
|Eduni MBA World||General||495|
|Natural Sciences & Technology|
BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY
|ARE Success National||Qualification||25|
|* T. Reuters World rankings include non-educational institutions|
Hokkaido University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. It can be seen in the several rankings such as shown below.
The university has been ranked 9th, 10th and 14th in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" by Toyo Keizai. In another ranking, Japanese prep school Kawaijuku ranked Hokkaido as the 9th best university in Japan.
In 2013 QS World University Rankings ranked Hokkaido at 144th in the world. Their highest score was for Faculty Student Score (88 out of 100). Their lowest was for International Faculty Score (13.5 out of 100).  In an effort to boost their International Faculty Score, Hokkaido has recently been selected to be part of Japan's Super Global Universities Program. This program provides special funding to hire international faculty. 
According to Thomson Reuters, Hokkaido is the 6th best research university in Japan. Its research standard is especially high in Materials Science (7th in Japan, 86th in the world), Chemistry (8th in Japan, 52nd in the world), and Biology & Biochemistry (6th in Japan, 104th in the world).
In addition, Nikkei Shimbun on 16 February 2004 surveyed the research standards in Engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese Research Centers, and Hokkaido was placed 17th in this ranking.
Graduate school rankings
Popularity and selectivity
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- Uchimura Kanzō, Christian evangelist, founder of Non-church Christianity Movement
- Akira Ifukube, composer
- Nitobe Inazō, the author of Bushido: the Soul of Japan, a Quaker
- Ryuzo Yanagimachi, assisted fertilization and cloning pioneer
- Mamoru Mohri, astronaut
- Takeo Arishima, novelist
- Hiroshi Ishii, computer scientist
- Akira Suzuki, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2010)
- Yuichiro Miura, alpinist, the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest
- Juhn Atsushi Wada, neurologist, described the Wada test
Points of interest
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Hokkaido Daigaku" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 343, p. 343, at Google Books.
- Brief History
- Organizations with ties to CCEP CCEP, accessed 2011-03-19
- Basic Philosophies and Long Term Goals
- "Truly Strong Universities" (in Japanese). Toyo Keizai. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "Kawai 30 Top Japanese Universities". Kawaijuku. 2001. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan". Thomson Reuters. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. (this raking includes 5 non-educational institutions)
- "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "GBUDU University Rankings" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
- "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Japan". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2012–2013. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "Bar Exam Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- "Bar Exam Pass rate rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- "Top 25% Institutions and Economists in Japan, as of January 2011". REPEC. 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- "Business School Ranking in Japan". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- "University and business school ranking in 5 palms (Top100)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
"University and business school ranking in 4 palms (Top101-300)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
"University and business school ranking in 3 palms (Top301-696)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
"University and business school ranking in 2 palms (Top697-896)". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- "Kawaijuku japanese universities rankings in Engineering field" (in Japanese). Kawaijuku. 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "QS topuniversities world rankings in Engineering field". Topuniversities. 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "Thomson Reuters 10 Top research institutions by subject in Japan" (in Japanese). Thomson Reuters. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- "Architects Registration Exam Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- “Top 200 QS World University Rankings 2013” The Guardian, 10 September 2013.
- Maruko, Mami, “Universities aim to boost their global ranking”, The Japan Times, 22 October 2014
- "Thomson Reuters 20 Top research institutions in Japan" (in Japanese). Thomson Reuters. (this raking includes non-educational institutions)
- "週刊ダイヤモンド" ダイヤモンド社 2010/2/27 http://web.sapmed.ac.jp/kikaku/infomation/0227daiyamondokiji.pdf
- "QS world university ranking（2012）". topuniversities.com. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
- "Employment rate in 400 major companies rankings" (in Japanese). Weekly Economist. 2011. Retrieved Apr 29, 2011.
- e.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings http://www.yozemi.ac.jp/rank/gakubu/index.html
- Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks Hokkaido's entrance difficulty as SA (most selective/out of 11 scales) in Japan. 危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版 (in Japanese). YELL books. 2011.
- "三浦雄一郎先生 エベレスト登頂成功、おめでとうございます。". Retrieved 9 June 2013.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 10-ISBN 0-674-01753-6; 13-ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hokkaido University.|
- Hokkaido University, official website
- Hokkaido University Library
- Hokkaido University International Students Association (HUISA)
- Hokkaido University (March, 2005) Handbook for International Students