Program Overview

HSI Program Overview / Message from the President

Program Overview

Hokkaido Summer Institute Program Overview

As a part of the future reform strategy towards the 150th anniversary of Hokkaido University (HU), the university launched the Hokkaido Summer Institute (HSI) in 2016, utilizing the climate advantage of summer in Hokkaido which is cooler than any other regions of Japan. HSI is a program that brings together leading researchers with proven educational and research track records from around the world, and provides courses in collaboration with HU faculty members. In 2017, more than 130 researchers from over 110 universities/research institutes from all over the world will gather at HU.
HSI allows participants to expand their knowledge of subjects in cutting-edge fields of research at HU that previously were open only to students of the university. Program participants have an opportunity to attend classes that employ attractive educational techniques, such as field training in Hokkaido’s extensive land resources and active learning activities, so they can develop into professionals capable of thriving on the world stage.
All instruction at HSI is in English. This provides international students with a stress-free learning environment without having to worry about language barriers, and also creates a special opportunity for Japanese students, who can audit classes taught by internationally acclaimed researchers. The university strongly hopes that HSI students will cultivate a better understanding of other cultures and improve their English-language proficiency and communication skills through exchanges with researchers and students from other countries. Off-campus events and field trips are also planned so participants can enjoy Hokkaido’s beautiful summer.

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Message from the President

Toyoharu Nawa President, Hokkaido University

Toyoharu Nawa
President, Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University (HU) was established in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College with a mission to produce graduates needed for the development of the frontier, Hokkaido island. During the institution’s long history of more than 140 years, HU has fostered the four basic philosophies of education and research: Frontier Spirit, Global Perspectives, All-round Education and Practical Learning.
To commemorate this significant milestone for the 150th Anniversary of HU, in March 2014, HU drew up the “Future Strategy” with the vision of HU becoming an institution that contributes to the resolution of global issues based on the four basic philosophies. To implement this strategy, HU developed an action plan “Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative (HUCI)”, which was selected for participation in the Top Global University Project (Type A) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2014. The goal of HUCI is to dramatically enhance the globalization of HU by organizational reforms that encourage stakeholders to collaborate, and to foster world leaders who can contribute to the resolution of global issues.
Hokkaido Summer Institute (HSI) is one of the major programs in HUCI. HSI brings the leading researchers with proven educational and research track records from around the world, and provides courses in collaboration with HU faculty members. In 2017, we are going to receive more than 130 researchers from over 110 universities/research institutes from all over the world.
I strongly wish that HSI allows all participants to expand their knowledge of subjects in cutting-edge fields of research at HU and employ attractive education using field training in Hokkaido’s extensive land resources, so they can develop professional capability of thriving on the world future society.