Hokkaido University

Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative
- Collaborate with the World

HUCI Proposal

The “Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative” (hereafter, HUCI) is the university’s newest reform program. It aims to further internationalize the university as a whole so we might foster more world leaders who can contribute to the resolution of global issues.

Since the establishment of Sapporo Agricultural College in 1876, Hokkaido University has established the 4 basic philosophies of "Frontier Spirit," " Global Perspectives," " All-round Education" and " Practical Learning" as its foundation and has been taking steps towards realizing its goal.

In March 2014, to commemorate this significant milestone, we developed the “Future Strategy for the 150th Anniversary of Hokkaido University” (hereafter, the Future Strategy 150) to create tangible goals for the future. The concept of “HUCI” is one of the core execution plans of the "Future strategy 150," based on the “1-4-4 Reform Plans.” We aim to foster personnel who contribute to solving global issues using international, organizational and social networks, promote international compatibility, and strengthen international competitiveness.

〈 People who can contribute to solving global issues 〉

Providing education with high quality through the new international educational programs which makes full use of the distinctive strengths, traditions and features of our university, we aim to train global leaders who have "lofty ambition" and a frontier spirit.

〈 NITOBE Education System 〉

Nitobe College is a special educational programs for undergraduate students and graduate students respectively. Students who pass a highly-competitive selection process receive intensive education in the college in addition to their standard university degree. The aim of the program is to foster global leaders. Furthermore, our alumni network takes on the important role of aiding the development of students in the program.

〈 Hokkaido Summer Institute & Learning Satellites 〉

Hokkaido Summer Institute (hereafter, HSI) and Learning Satellites (hereafter, LS) are short-term educational projects in collaboration with foreign students and researchers. The HSI offers various courses in Hokkaido, and LS are located in many parts of the world.

〈 New Graduate Schools 〉

Three new graduate schools were launched on April 1st, 2017 through international joint efforts made by GI-CoRE, a new faculty organization under the direct control of the President. These courses have been developed so that they span multiple academic fields and foster specialists to contribute to the resolution of specific issues such as cancer therapy, zoonosis control, and global food resources.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering is run in collaboration with Stanford University. The Graduate School of Infectious Diseases is run in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, and the Graduate School of Global Food Resources is run in collaboration with the University of California, Davis.
In addition, in April 2018, we established "Division of Soft Matter" to train international talent who can lead worldwide in soft matter studies.

〈 Programs offered in English 〉

The Integrated Science Program (ISP) is a cross-disciplinary educational program for international students interested in pursuing a degree in natural sciences. The program fundamentally consists of a 4-year Bachelor’s degree and a 2-year Master’s degree. The program’s strong cross-disciplinary nature aims to give students an excellent broad scientific education across the core scientific disciplines.
The Modern Japanese Studies Program (MJSP) is a four-year Bachelor’s Degree program, which gives a comprehensive education in the language and society of Japan.
It is preceded by a six-month Intensive Japanese Course for those without sufficient Japanese to enter the Bachelor's Degree program directly.
This truly bilingual degree program is the ultimate preparation for an international career related to Japan.

Hokkaido University's 10 years vision


Establish a "world leaders development system" to anticipate future changes


Cooperate with researchers from around the world to provide "global collaborative programs"


Promote a vast array of educational activities on our expansive campus as well as globally


Produce the next-generation leaders who collaborate with world leading educational and Research institutes


Expend the "Hokkaido University community" and activities in various parts of the world


Worldwide recognition of "Hokkaido University's contributions to solving world issues"