Director’s Message

名和 豊春
Toyoharu Nawa President of Hokkaido University / Director, Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education






Recent globalization and the rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) have led the change of social, cultural, political, economic and financial contexts in national states and even universities.  This leads to major systematic and structural change in higher education systems and institutions required to maximize their role and functions to meet complex social demands such as strengthening global competency and creating technology-enhanced innovation.

Prominent universities worldwide have needed to change entrepreneurially to be regarded as excellent world-class universities, and their activities have been highly developed in an international frameworks.  In Japan, the 21st Century COE (Centers of Excellence) Program was launched in 2003 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology with the aim of raising the level of research and education at Japanese universities to the international standards.  The program seeks to elevate Japanese universities to the world’s highest echelons, while fostering people with talent and creativity who will be qualified to assume roles as global leaders.  The other goal of the program is to encourage a competitive atmosphere among universities and augment the vitality of their research activities.

After that, integrated research universities in Japan including Hokkaido University have been further improved the quality of their academic activities in cooperation with top-class foreign universities.  For the solution of global issues, Hokkaido University is now required to accomplish a mission to promote our leading fundamental and advanced education and its social application in the same level of excellent foreign universities.  In the era of global competition, the international collaborated research should be undertaken and the university’s educational ability is to produce personnel who are able to thrive in a global society.

From this background, the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE) was launched in 2014 under the direct supervision of the President, Hokkaido University.  GI-CoRE aims to advance global collaboration between the excellent universities/institutions, leverage the distinctive strengths, accelerate the globalization, and strengthen international presence of this Hokkaido University.

Initially, Global Station for Quantum Medical Science and Engineering and Global Station for Zoonosis Control have been established as global hubs of wisdom where world-class researchers gather to undertake cutting-edge international collaborative research.  There is a potential that these stations will contribute to the solution of global issues through research on cancer treatment using real-time tumor-tracking radiation technology, and comprehensive studies to control zoonoses.  In April 2015, Global Station for Food, Land and Water Resources was newly established and in the following year, another three global stations joined in the highly-expected fields of soft matter, big data and cyber-security and arctic research.

We are always considering what’s next for GI-CoRE to develop as the world’s best center for research and education.  At GI-CoRE, our aim is that researchers, especially younger researchers attend this program will accelerate fusion research across those different disciplines in a more substantial way and develop a new scientific and technological breakthrough, providing technology-enhanced innovation for future society in the world.