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 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Hokkaido University published between 1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

223 90.98 86.76

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 115 54.04 54.04
Life Sciences 55 19.27 19.27
Physical Sciences 65 21.79 17.57
Earth & Environmental Sciences 18 5.97 5.97

Highlight of the month

A wave of new applications



Scientists have developed a method that uses pulses of light to control the properties of sound waves, paving the way for new devices for a wide range of sensing applications, according to a study in Applied Physics Letters.

Acoustic whispering-gallery modes (WGMs) are sound waves that, due to continuous internal reflection, are confined within a cavity. Despite their use in sensing technologies and testing pipes, few studies have been undertaken to investigate how their properties can be controlled.     

Led by researchers from Hokkaido University in Japan, a team of Japanese and British scientists have used ultrafast laser acoustics to control the direction of surface-acoustic WGMs in order to measure the difference in amplitude between clockwise and counterclockwise waves, which could lead to new devices for sensing and testing technologies.

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  1. Appl. Phys. Lett. 111, 144103 (2017). doi: 10.1063/1.4994886

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Punishment diminishes the benefits of network reciprocity in social dilemma experiments.

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1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 58.88% Domestic
  • 41.12% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (181 total)

  • Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Nagoya University, Japan (14.39)
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (13.53)
  3. Kyoto University, Japan (11.66)
  4. Kyushu University, Japan (6.02)
  5. RIKEN, Japan (4.83)
  6. Osaka University, Japan (4.16)
  7. Kanazawa University (KU), Japan (4.07)
  8. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (3.82)
  9. Tohoku University, Japan (3.54)
  10. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (3.39)

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

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