Hokkaido University


Hokkaido University originates from Sapporo Agricultural College which was established in 1876 as Japan’s first modern institution of higher education to grant bachelor’s degrees. It is one of Japan’s top national universities and has 12 undergraduate and 21 graduate schools covering a wide range of disciplines. Boasting one of the biggest campuses in Japan, the university houses cutting-edge research facilities, a university hospital, and one of the world’s largest research forests.

In 2014, the university adopted the “Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative (HUCI)” — a reform program which aims to further internationalize the university as a whole to foster more world leaders who can contribute to the resolution of global issues. These leaders will be able to address contemporary issues, represent the frontier spirit as they forge new ways ahead, and contribute to the development of human welfare and society. The initiative will be in effect until 2024, approaching the university’s 150th anniversary in 2016.

As part of the efforts, the university has established the “Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE)” which brings together world-class researchers from around the world and within the University to promote international collaborative research and education. It consists of six Global Stations covering Soft Matter (GSS), Quantum Medical Science and Engineering (GSQ), Zoonosis Control (GSZ), Food, Land and Water Resources (GSF), Big Data and Cybersecurity (GSB) and Arctic Research (GSA). The university also offers a number of degree programs in English for international students.

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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Hokkaido University published between 1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

288 114.46

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 131 60.20
Physical Sciences 66 25.01
Life Sciences 74 21.40
Earth & Environmental Sciences 46 16.95

Highlight of the month

Kelp in need of help

© UMI NO KAZE/a.collectionRF/Getty

© UMI NO KAZE/a.collectionRF/Getty

Coral is gaining ground from kelp around the coast of Japan.

Global warming puts pressure on plants and animals by shifting the range in which temperature-sensitive species can live.

A team that included Hokkaido University researchers has trawled historical data spanning 65 years on 45 species of seaweed, coral and herbivorous fish in the seas surrounding Japan. They then assessed how the species’ shifting distributions relate to changes in ocean temperature, current strength and direction.

The researchers found that a combination of warming seas and strong poleward currents is bringing tropical corals and fish into temperate waters, where seaweed communities are shrinking as they struggle to adapt to rising temperatures.

Temperate zones provide a promising refuge for coral endangered by global warming, but the loss of Japanese kelp highlights the need to manage the resilience of both these underwater communities.

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  1. PNAS 115, 8990–8995 (2018). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1716826115

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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 50.04% Domestic
  • 49.96% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (152 total)

  • Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (18.41)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (16.53)
  3. Nagoya University, Japan (12.16)
  4. Kyushu University, Japan (8)
  5. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (7.38)
  6. Tohoku University, Japan (6.33)
  7. Osaka University, Japan (5.84)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (5.75)
  9. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (4.30)
  10. RIKEN, Japan (4.16)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

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