University News | September 20, 2018
Hokkaido University Executive and Vice President Masanori Kasahara attended the UArctic Congress 2018 from September 3rd to 4th in Oulu, Finland. The congress brings together key UArctic meetings between its council, rectors, and Thematic Networks and features advanced keynote presentations and an academic conference containing nearly 50 parallel sessions into one single gathering. This year, the Congress was held from September 3rd to 7th at the University of Oulu and the University of Helsinki, both of which are our partner institutions.
From Hokkaido University, Vice President Kasahara, Director of Hokkaido University Europe Office Professor Shinichiro Tabata, and researchers from the Arctic Research Center, the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, and the Faculty of Letters participated in the council meeting. Moreover, two graduate school students attended the APECS-UArctic Science Communication Workshop.
Vice President Kasahara also participated in the round table discussions for rectors and vice rectors and gave a presentation on the Arctic Research of Hokkaido University, “Connecting the Arctic with the World,” on September 3rd. In the presentation, he introduced Hokkaido University’s activities, focusing mainly on the Japan Arctic Research Center Network (J-ARC Net) and research plans of Arctic Submarine Data Cable Projects. He also explained how Hokkaido University is working to raise awareness of various issues concerning the Arctic globally through international symposiums and is playing an important role to connect the Arctic with East Asia.
During the Opening Ceremony held on September 4th, the Plenary Panel discussion “Arctic Agenda 2030 — a Challenge?” was held followed by the opening remarks made by the Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä and Prince Albert II of Monaco.
On September 5th, Vice President Kasahara visited the Hokkaido University Europe Office in Helsinki, located within the University of Helsinki, and received a report on the office’s current and future plans from Helsinki Office Deputy Director Takehiro Okabe.
UArctic is comprised of the University of the Arctic and a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned about education and research related to the Arctic. The member organizations are mainly from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Since 2011, Hokkaido University has been the only Japanese and non-Arctic region member.