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Teaching staff approx. 3,800
Undergraduate students approx. 12,000
Graduate students approx. 6,400
International students approx. 1,200
Financial scale approx. 93 billion yen
Undergraduate Faculties Letters / Law / Economics and Business Administration / Medicine / Dental Medicine / Engineering / Veterinary Medicine / Fisheries Sciences / Science / Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy / Agriculture / Education
Graduate Schools Letters / Law / Economics and Business Administration / Medicine / Dental Medicine / Engineering / Veterinary Medicine / Information Science and Technology / Fisheries Sciences / Environmental Science / Science / Pharmaceutical Sciences / Agriculture / Life Science / Education / International Media, Communication, and Tourism Studies / Health Sciences / Chemical Sciences and Engineering / Law / Accounting / Public Policy

Hokkaido University

History and Outstanding Features

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Hokkaido University is a comprehensive public university with 135 years of history. Its campus is located in the stunning natural surroundings of Japan's northernmost island. It began as Sapporo Agricultural College, in 1876, when Dr. William S. Clark, then the President of the Massachusetts Agricultural College in the United States of America was invited to be the Vice President of a new agricultural college in Japan.
When he left the College, Clark's parting words to the students were “Boys, be ambitious”; this has become a well-known phrase throughout Japan, far beyond the boundaries of the Hokkaido University campus.
Dr. William S. Clark
Dr. William S. Clark

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