IIT Bombay signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hokkaido University, Japan on 15/01/2018 to promote educational and academic exchange and cooperation between the two institutions.
Under this agreement the partner institutes agree to cooperate for the exchange of faculty members, research fellows, students, academic material, publications and information. Moreover, they must also make an effort to develop relation through joint research projects and organizing symposiums. Under student exchange, courses passed by the student in the host institute can be accepted for credit at home institute. The receiving institute is also expected to assist the exchange students for the necessary paperwork like visa as well as to find accomodation on or near the campus. As a part of this agreement, apart from fee waiver, expense like travel, living, health insurance etc. is student’s responsibility.
Hokkaido University (Hokudai for short) was founded in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College (札幌農學校) by William S. Clark. The first class consisted no more than 24 students and 5 faculties. It is considered one of the top universities in Japan and is also a member of Imperial Universities. In 2014 the university was selected under the Super Global Universities program that began as an initiative of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
The University has two campuses. The main Sapporo campus is located just north of Sapporo Station, and holds every program available in Hokkaido University except its Faculty of Fisheries Science, and also Graduate School of Fisheries Science. Other campus is in Hakodate, the city located in southern part of Hokkaidō.
Hokkaido is one of the most selective universities in Japan. Its entrance difficulty is usually considered as one of the top in Japan. According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Hokkaido have the 49th best employment rate in 400 major companies in Japan.