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 July 2017 - 30 June 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Hokkaido University published between 1 July 2017 - 30 June 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.

248 91.11

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 114 45.40
Earth & Environmental Sciences 45 15.46
Physical Sciences 69 24.15
Life Sciences 57 17.17

Highlight of the month

Current affairs driven by deep-sea ridges

© seanscott/RooM/Getty

© seanscott/RooM/Getty

Shallow ridges on the sea bed can affect surface currents several kilometres above, with potentially far-reaching climate effects.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean, just off the island of Hokkaido in Japan, a current carrying warm water north-eastward is thought to influence winter rainfall on the west coast of North America. But how this warm jet formed and why it remains anchored in that particular spot is unclear.

A team including researchers from Hokkaido University used regional ocean current models to investigate the role of a 500-metre ridge on the ocean floor. They found that swirling eddies flowing over the ridge displace the water above, which deflects Rossby waves — a natural phenomenon caused by the Earth’s rotation — at the boundary between the warm upper layer and cold lower layer of the ocean. This creates a northward flowing jet at the surface, 5.5 kilometres above.

This study shows that small undulations on the ocean floor could play a bigger role in circulation, and therefore climate, than previously thought.

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  1. Nature Communications 9, 1190 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03526-z

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1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 54.37% Domestic
  • 45.63% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (153 total)

  • Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (17.19)
  2. Nagoya University, Japan (15.95)
  3. Kyoto University, Japan (14.01)
  4. Kyushu University, Japan (8.89)
  5. RIKEN, Japan (6.57)
  6. Tohoku University, Japan (5.93)
  7. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (5.59)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (4.99)
  9. Osaka University, Japan (4.64)
  10. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (3.77)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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