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Message from the Dean

City of Sapparo

Dear all former students of IST:

I believe you are all doing well and taking full advantage of the knowledge and skills you acquired at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (IST), Hokkaido University.

Let me start by writing about our recent situations. In Japan, all the national universities have been required to develop medium-term goals and plans every six years, which, together with the school's actual education and research activities, have been evaluated by the government. I am glad to inform you that IST has received excellent marks for both our educational and research works for the six years from 2004 to 2009.

Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University has recently set the following four new goals for the next term starting from 2010 and ending in 2015: (1) to establish one of the highest level educational systems of the world, (2) to make the university more open to the world, (3) to create the highest level of knowledge of the world, and (4) to strengthen the foundation of the university management. These objectives for the next six years will rapidly change our university to a genuinely international, world-level institute based on the four spiritual principles of Hokkaido University: frontier spirit, global perspectives, all-round education, and practical learning.

Graduate School of IST

Based on those objectives, IST is rapidly becoming a nearly ideal learning environment for international students from all over the world, increasing the number of courses provided in English and promoting the student exchange on top of the flexible credit transfer systems and double-degree programs.

We are always looking for ways to provide better support for our international students while they stay here, but keeping in touch with our former students after they left Japan is also very important. This has led us to develop this new website designed to strengthen networks between us. The site will provide the latest news and information on IST and Hokkaido University, serving as a nice social networking site for foreign alumni to communicate with each other.


I hope you will often visit this site, sharing memories of your valuable classmates, the seasonal charms of mountains and streets of Sapporo, and the dedication of your supervisors in IST. We also hope that you will convey those memories to your friends and acquaintances. Integration of such activities would help us become one of the topmost center of excellence in the area of information and communication technology. I wish you every success in future.

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