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 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Hokkaido University published between 1 May 2017 - 30 April 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 97.55

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 121 53.63
Life Sciences 57 15.58
Earth & Environmental Sciences 41 15.74
Physical Sciences 64 23.24

Highlight of the month

DNA drives swarming behaviour in nanobots

© KATERYNA KON/Science Photo Library/Getty

© KATERYNA KON/Science Photo Library/Getty

Inducing and controlling swarming behaviour in nanoscale robots could be soon be possible thanks to interactions with strands of DNA.

There are many advantages to swarming behaviour, such as that seen in fish, birds and ants, but the one researchers are most interested in is the enabling of self-assembly of complex, flexible structures. 

A study led by researchers from Hokkaido University has shown that molecular nanobots, in the form of tiny protein-based microtubules between two to ten nanometres long, can be controlled using single strands of light-activated DNA.

When the DNA interacted with the microtubules, they began to assemble into swarms. By altering the physical properties of the microtubules, researchers were able to influence how the swarm moved, and they could also use the light-activated aspect of the DNA to switch off the behaviour and disperse the swarm.

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  1. Nature Communications 9, 453 (2017). doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-02778-5

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 55.96% Domestic
  • 44.04% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (191 total)

  • Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (15.13)
  2. Nagoya University, Japan (13.19)
  3. Kyoto University, Japan (12.48)
  4. Kyushu University, Japan (8.05)
  5. RIKEN, Japan (6.73)
  6. Tohoku University, Japan (5.46)
  7. Osaka University, Japan (5.26)
  8. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (4.97)
  9. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (4.71)
  10. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (4.49)

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

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