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International Academic Exchange

The Graduate School of Medicine has been promoting international collaborations through exchanges of researchers and joint research projects. Presently, we have 19 international exchange agreements with universities and institutions in 14 countries and regions. We have been actively exchanging students to make global academic contributions and to expand our network of researchers.

(As of July 2016)

International Exchange Program
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (China)

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (China)

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (China)
Mahidol University (Thailand)

Mahidol University (Thailand)

Mahidol University (Thailand)

International Relations Office Supports International Students

International Relations Office, Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University

Staff members

Staff members

As of April 2017, 33 international students from 11 countries study at the Graduate School of Medicine. Staff members of the International Relations Office are responsible for creating a comfortable environment for international students, and provide academic and personal support.

International Relations Office 2

Agreement Concluded with Lee Kong Chian
School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological
University (Singapore)

Our mission is to increase the presence of the Graduate School of Medicine on the international scene. We promote partnerships with institutes and faculties overseas, share the latest technologies and knowledge, and provide students with quality education that meets the needs of diverse and global society.

International Relations Office 3

Events to interact with international students

We also strive to nurture responsible global citizens and leaders for the future. We host seminars and events designed to help students acquire practical knowdlege in medicine and research, as well as manners and communication skills useful in the global society.

The Voice of the International Students

The Voice of the International Students, a newsletter for promoting exchanges with international students, is issued.
※Click on the image for back issues.

Visit the website of the International Relations Office for further information.

Message from an International Master's Student

Dare to dream, dare to shine

Master’s Student, enrolled in April 2016
Medical Science Course, Division of Immunobiology

Republic of Indonesia

Wira Eka Putra

Studying abroad is an outstanding privilege for some, including me. I come from an archipelago, a country that is thousands of miles far away from Japan, called Indonesia. After completing my bachelor degree in Brawijaya University, I was awarded a scholarship by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education to continue in the master’s course of Hokkaido University.

Hokkaido University is well-known as a highly reputable institution for its research and education system. Joining this green campus has provided me with many new things: new friends, new experiences, and new perspectives.

Currently, my research is about exploring the impact of factors derived from epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor-resistant lung cancer cells on the tumor microenvironment.

I have been fortunate to have this tremendous opportunity to learn and go beyond my comfort zone. On top of that, Sapporo is an enjoyable city to live and study in, which makes students feel at home.

(As of April 2017)

Wira Eka Putra Wira Eka Putra

Message from an International Doctoral Student

Enjoy Research in Hokudai

Doctoral Student, errolled in 2014
Clinical Medicine Course, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

People's Republic of China

Zhai Tianyue

My research is focused on the cause of Preeclampsia (PE) and is conducted in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During pregnancy, there is a 5% possibility of suffering from PE, posing a threat to the safety of both mother and child. I am conducting research using podocytes present in the urine of healthy mothers during various stages of pregnancy. Specifically, using the expression of a podocyte related gene as a determining index, I am exploring the relationship it has with PE symptoms seen later and also the relationship it has with urine protein.

Research is not always progressing smoothly. When there are matters to resolve, it is important to not give up, and to keep moving forward. I always keep in mind a famous Chinese poem written by Lu You when doing research: “The mountains run on and on, there are streams to cross, and I doubt if this is the road ahead. Then out of the shade of willows, came bright flowers and another village.” Hokkaido University is a dynamic and leading university that offers great opportunities to embark on a great research career.

(As of April 2017)

Zhai Tianyue Zhai Tianyue