Collaborative Frameworks

Partnerships between Hokkaido University and Local SME

One of the fundamental principles of any university is practical learning and Hokkaido University’s research has in many cases led to the development of industry in Hokkaido.

Established in April 2009, the Institute for the Promotion of Business-Regional Collaboration has built up an active collaborative framework with local small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME). To better understand the needs of local companies and share research information from the university, we launched an email magazine called Hokkaido TLO in November 2009. Currently, this email magazine is issued by Hokkaido University and its partner universities, Kitami Institute of Technology, Rakuno Gakuen University, Muroran Institute of Technology, and Future University.

We are also strengthening our ties with Hokkaido Platform Entrance (HoPE), which engages in government-industry-academia collaboration at the local level, in order to help SME in Hokkaido make inroads into new fields. Local SMEs have a truly wide range of business needs and in many cases Hokkaido University cannot satisfy these needs alone. Therefore, Hokkaido University partners with other universities in the prefecture, the Northern Advancement Center for Science & Technology (NOASTEC) and other supporting organizations to provide assistance across a broad range of business development stages.

Hokkaido University DEMOLA HOKKAIDO Research Development Section, Hokkaido University