Hokkaido University, Japan


Founded in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College, Hokkaido University is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in Japan, consisting of 12 undergraduate faculties and 21 graduate schools. The university is a research-intensive university with 24 research centres and institutes and is a member of ‘RU11’, a consortium consisting of the Top 11 Research Universities in Japan.

The university also has one of Japan’s most beautiful campuses. Green spaces, forests, and creeks are spread throughout its campuses located in the cities of Sapporo and Hakodate, which experience distinct seasonal changes throughout the year.

The university offers diverse degree programs for international students and places great emphasis on research in the sciences and humanities.

It also houses cutting-edge research facilities, a university hospital, and a number of field research centres including one of the world’s largest research forests.

Hokkaido University is one of the founding members of ProSPER.Net.  The university has run various projects such as ‘Sustainability Weeks’ to promote research and education for the realisation of a sustainable society over the decade.  For more details, please visit https://www.global.hokudai.ac.jp/about/contribution-to-a-sustainable-society/

Aiming to build a sustainable society, Hokkaido University’s ‘Sustainable Campus Management Office’ works on comprehensive initiatives related to education, research, campus development, and collaboration with society.

The university was selected as one of the finalists for the 2019 International Green Gown Awards, an award supported by UN Environment to recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world. For more details, please visit https://www.osc.hokudai.ac.jp/en