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Overview of HUCI


The “Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative (HUCI)” is the University’s newest reform program. It aims to further internationalize the University as a whole so we might foster more world leaders who can contribute to the resolution of global issues.

Resolution of global issues

HUCI is an integral factor in the University’s overall reform strategy. The Initiative began in 2014 and will run for 12 years. Its ending in 2026 will coincide with the University’s 150th Anniversary.

To commemorate this significant milestone, which celebrates the University’s founding in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College?Japan's first modern university to award bachelor's degrees?we developed the “Future Strategy for the 150th Anniversary of Hokkaido University” to affirm our future direction. The motto of this strategy is "Hokkaido University for the resolution of global issues", and embedded in it are the University’s four basic philosophies: "frontier spirit", "global perspectives", "all-round education", and "practical learning".

HUCI’s role in the Future Strategy consists of “1-4-4 reform programs”. The goal of these programs is to dramatically increase internationalization of HU by constructing a universal campus that allows stakeholders to collaborate and foster world leaders who have the potential to contribute to the resolution of global issues.


Based on this ideal, Hokkaido University was chosen by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the Type A Top Global University Project* in September 2014.

* The Top Global University Project is a project that aims to accelerate the internationalization of the educational system of Japanese universities which have the potential to play leading roles in the world’s higher education community by financing global initiatives through the next decade.

Top global university project