Established in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College, Hokkaido University was the first higher education institution
in Japan to award a bachelor’s degree. It later became Hokkaido University and has since been recognised as one of the seven major national universities in Japan.
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Hokkaido University can boast of toplevel research in a variety of fields; a representative of this is the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Emeritus Professor Akira Suzuki in 2010 for his work in catalytic chemistry. In addition, according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings, Hokkaido University ranks 39th in the field of Agriculture/Forestry and is among the top 100 in six fields ― Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Biological Sciences and Earth/Ocean Sciences.
Twelve undergraduate and 18 graduate schools of Hokkaido University cover almost all areas of humanities and social and natural sciences. Its faculty members – over 2,000 – offer students highly specialised knowledge in diverse fields. Moreover, of the 18 graduate schools, seven (Agriculture, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Science, Engineering, Life Science, Science, Veterinary Medicine) offer degree programmes entirely in English.
International students new to Japan can thrive by taking advantage of the various forms of support the institution offers. For example, it has a Supporter System where both Japanese and international students contribute their experiences to help new students settle in quickly. And an International Student Support Desk that is open daily to assist students in a variety of ways and in a multitude of matters. It also takes pride in substantial career support offered to international students who plan to work in Japan.