On 26 September 2014, MEXT Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – Japan announced 37 universities were chosen for ‘スーパーグローバル大学創成支援事業 (literally means the project for super global university establishment support, and called as Top Global University Project)‘.
13 universities were selected for Type A category of the project, which aim to get ranked in top 100 in world university rankings thorough building transdisciplinary collaborative curriculum inviting research units from foreign universities, establishment of internationally-collaborated graduate school, environmental improvement to foster fine scholars and students, etc. The rest 24 were for Type B category which supports domestic universities to take leadership in globalisation of Japanese society via educational collaboration with oversea institutions, building the model of internationalised university education and developing world-class educational standards.
This year, Hokkaido University’s proposal was chosen successfully in Type A category together with the following 12 universities in Japan: Tohoku University, University of Tsukuba, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo University of Technology, Nagoya University, Kyoto University, Osaka University, Hiroshima University, Kyushu University, Keio University and Waseda University. This selection result allows HU to improve internationalisation with approximately 4 billion JPY financial support for a decade from the government.