International exchange and education

From its beginning, Sapporo Agricultural College was an international school, introducing western culture, science and technology, and providing English-language lectures taught by teachers from abroad. Since then, Hokkaido University has continued to increase the international awareness of students by improving their communication skills in foreign languages and by providing opportunities for study and research abroad.
At the Hakodate campus, there are two groups responsible for promoting internationalization: (1) the International Exchange Committee (Kokusai kouryuu iinkai) and (2) the International Education Office (Kokusai kyouiku shitsu).

(1) International Exchange Committee

Kokusai kouryuu iinkai

The main objective of the committee is to create and reinforce international exchanges with universities and institutions. The fisheries schools currently have agreements with 34 partner institutions in 15 countries (Table 1), which provide a wide range of exchange opportunities for students and faculty members. The committee also promotes these exchange programs to our students.

The committee comprises nine members:
•SAKAI Ryuichi(Leader)
•JOE Ga-Hyun
•MATSUISHI Takashi Fritz
•ONISHI Hiroji
•SAEKI Hiroki
•TANAKA Hiroyuki
•TOJO Naoki

(2) International Education Office

Kokusai kyouiku shitsu

The main objective of the office is to provide opportunities for students to study abroad to learn about international fisheries and aquaculture. Ten short-term summer courses are currently offered:

Summer courses organized by the International Education Office:

Course Partner institution(s) Course coordinator(s)
Humans and the marine environment University of Washington (USA) UENO Hiromichi
Hydrobiology and inland environmental science in Poland University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) FUJIMOTO Takafumi
JICA-HU marine-resource sustainable use and value chain fishery development facilitation program JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) TOJO Naoki
JICA St. Lucia fisheries development dispatch program JICA SAKAI Ryuichi
TOJO Naoki
Leadership program for sustainable coastal fisheries in Asia Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (Thailand) ONISHI Hiroji
PARE Program – Spring and Summer schools Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia) John BOWER
Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)
Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)
Kasetsart University (Thailand)
Mahidol University (Thailand)
Thammasat University (Thailand)
Resilience building on a local scale by a Hokkaido city: Hakodate as a case study Hakodate City Anthony CHITTENDEN
Resilience building through aquaculture and tourism [Taught in Japanese] Bifuka City (Hokkaido) Anthony CHITTENDEN
Seafood supply chains in Japan and Singapore National University of Singapore KISHIMURA Hideki
Sustainable aquaculture and resource enhancement for salmon Miyagi University of Education SHIMIZU Munetaka
Nagoya University
St. Mariannna University School of Medicine
University of Bergen (Norway)
Uni Research (Norway)
University of Tokyo

A secondary objective has been to provide fisheries students with domestic opportunities to interact with students from overseas partner universities. We do this by hosting introductory programs on approaches to regional revitalization every summer and autumn.

Another objective of the office is to teach undergraduate courses in English at the Sapporo campus:

Undergraduate courses taught at the Sapporo campus by the International Education Office
Course Instructor Semester Credits
Contemporary Issues in Human Ecology Anthony CHITTENDEN Fall 2
Marine Pollution Anthony CHITTENDEN Fall
[to begin in 2020]

The office comprises two full-time faculty members (in bold) and eight affiliated members:
•John BOWER (Leader)
Anthony CHITTENDEN (Sapporo campus)
•FUJIMOTO Takafumi
•MUKAI Tohru
•ONISHI Hiroji
•SHIMIZU Munetaka
TOJO Naoki(Hakodate campus)
•UENO Hiromichi