Hokkaido University


Hokkaido University

Infobox_University
name = Hokkaido University
native_name = _ja. 北海道大学



image_size = 150px
motto = _ja. 少年よ、大志を抱け
(Boys, Be Ambitious)
established = Founded March 1876,
Chartered April 1, 1918
type = Public (National)
president= Saeki, Hiroshi
city = Sapporo
state = Hokkaidō
country = Japan
undergrad = 11,153
postgrad = 9,128
staff= 6,250
campus = Urban,
--acres (3.0 km²)|
mascot = None
free_label = Athletics
free = -- varsity teams
endowment= US$-- billion
(JP¥-- billion)
website= [http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/en/index.html www.hokudai.ac.jp]
University_color= Green|
nihongo|Hokkaido University|北海道大学|Hokkaidō daigaku, or nihongo|"Hokudai"|北大|, is one of the leading national universities of Japan. It is situated in downtown Sapporo, just north of Sapporo Station, and stretching approximately 2.4 kilometers northward.

History

Hokkaido University (Hokudai for short) was originally founded in 1876 as nihongo|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. It became nihongo|Hokkaido Imperial University|北海道帝國大学|Hokkaidō teikoku daigaku on April 1, 1918, during the Taishō period. 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

Faculties

* [http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/letters/english/index.htm Letters]
* [http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/educat/eng/index.html Education]
* [http://www.juris.hokudai.ac.jp/english/ Law]
* [http://www.econ.hokudai.ac.jp/en05/ Economics]
* [http://www.med.hokudai.ac.jp/index-e.html Medicine]
* [http://www.den.hokudai.ac.jp/index-e.html Dental Medicine]
* [http://www.eng.hokudai.ac.jp/graduate/english/ Engineering]
* [http://www.vetmed.hokudai.ac.jp/index-e.html Veterinary Medicine]
* [http://www.fish.hokudai.ac.jp/wwwfish-e/wwwfish-e.html Fisheries Sciences]
* [http://www.agr.hokudai.ac.jp/ Agriculture]
* [http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/pharma/english.html Pharmaceutical Sciences]
* [http://www.sci.hokudai.ac.jp/science/english/index_e.htm Science]

Graduate Schools

* [http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/letters/english/index.htm Letters]
* [http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/educat/eng/index.html Education]
* [http://www.juris.hokudai.ac.jp/english/ Law]
* [http://www.econ.hokudai.ac.jp/en05/ Economics and Business Administration]
* [http://www.med.hokudai.ac.jp/index-e.html Medicine]
* [http://www.den.hokudai.ac.jp/index-e.html Dental Medicine]
* [http://www.eng.hokudai.ac.jp/graduate/english/ Engineering]
* [http://www.vetmed.hokudai.ac.jp/index-e.html Veterinary Medicine]
* [http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/imcts/indexen.html International Media and Communication]
* [http://www.ist.hokudai.ac.jp/eng/index.php Information Science and Technology]
* [http://www.fish.hokudai.ac.jp/wwwfish-e/wwwfish-e.html Fisheries Sciences]
* [http://www.ees.hokudai.ac.jp/en_index.html Environmental Earth Science]
* [http://www.sci.hokudai.ac.jp/science/english/index_e.htm Science]
* [http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/pharma/english.html Pharmaceutical Sciences]
* [http://www.agr.hokudai.ac.jp/ Agriculture]
* [http://www.lfsci.hokudai.ac.jp/graduate-school/ Life Science]
* [http://www.hops.hokudai.ac.jp/english/index.php Public Policy]

Famous alumni

*Kanzo Uchimura, Christian evangelist, founder of Non-church Christianity Movement
*Akira Ifukube, composer
*Nitobe Inazo, the author of "Bushido: the Soul of Japan", a Quaker
*Ryuzo Yanagimachi, cloning pioneer
*Mamoru Mohri, astronaut
*Arishima Takeo, novelist
*Hiroshi Ishii, computer scientist

Points of interest

*Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens

External links

* [http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/en/index.html Hokkaido University] , official website
* [http://circle.cc.hokudai.ac.jp/huisa Hokkaido University International Students Association (HUISA)]

References

* Hokkaido University (March, 2005) "Handbook for International Students"
* [http://internacional.universia.net/asia-pacifico/japon/ciudades/sapporo/descripcion.htm Sapporo]


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