President Nawa delivers lecture for faculty and staff of Pohang University of Science and Technology

University News | June 27, 2018

Training participants listening to the lecture

Training participants listening to the lecture.

Hokkaido University President Toyoharu Nawa delivered a lecture on June 19th during a training seminar held at Rusutsu Resort (Rusutsu Village, Abuta-gun) for faculty and staff of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH).

Founded in 1986, POSTECH is a private university located in Pohang, Korea. It has been constantly ranked as one of the most prestigious universities in Korea, and ranks 137th worldwide and 12th in Asia, according to The World Ranking (THE). Hokkaido University’s Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering created and have been conducting academic exchanges with POSTECH since 2016.

Approximately 140 people, including POSTECH President Doh-Yeon Kim, 6 Vice Presidents, senior executives, deans, ordinary faculty members and staff participated in the training. President Nawa’s special lecture was titled “Creating a Hokkaido University that flourishes with a spirit of independence and autonomy,” and was presented in English to the participants on the second day of the training.

President Nawa delivering his lecture

President Nawa delivering his lecture.

During his lecture, exchanges between Hokkaido University, POSTECH, and other universities in Korea, as well as the Korea, China, and Japan joint symposium planned by the Faculty of Engineering were discussed. Recommendations for future exchanges between universities were also given.

Afterwards, specific initiatives such as the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE), the Hokkaido University Research and Business Park, Hokkaido University Center of Innovation’s “Innovative Food & Healthcare Master,” and the Hokkaido Food Valley were introduced in the context of Hokkaido University’s two missions set forth by President Nawa: “Creating a research and educational base ranked in the top 100 worldwide” and be “A leader in regional development in Hokkaido.”  

The lecture ended on a positive note, with President Nawa making several jokes. The university looks forward to promoting more exchanges with POSTEC in the future.