Hokkaido University,or Hokudai, 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 one of the top universities in Japan.

【Its history】

Hokkaido University (Hokudai for short) was founded in 1876 as Sapporo

Agricultural College 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 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 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


In 2014 the university was selected under the Super Global Universities program

that began as an initiative of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe who stated its aim was

to help more of Japan’s universities rank in the top 100 worldwide. Under the

program, it is listed in the top university category or Type A—(Top Type) The

Top Type is for world-class universities that have the potential to be ranked in

the top 100 in world university rankings. Each Type A university will receive

¥420 million ($US 4.2 million) annually until 2023.


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