北海道大学 Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus
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A college campus or a park?
In 1876, Sapporo Agriculture College was established with Dr. William S. Clark as the vice principal invited by the Hokkaido Development Commission. He was then the president of the Massachusetts Agriculture College in the USA. He gave the students the famous message “Boys be ambitious!” when he returned to the USA. The commemorative bust of Dr. Clark can be seen at the West end of the central lawn.
In 1918, Hokkaido Imperial University was established, it was then renamed Hokkaido University in 1947.
Today there are 13 faculties in this university with about 18 thousand students for 6 thousand educators and officers.
The most attractive part of this university is its vast park-like campus. The 1.8 million square meters (stretching 2 km from North to South, and 1.6 km from East to West) is located in the center of Sapporo which has a population of about 2 million people. Buildings cover a mere 12% of this extensive campus, with the remaining consisting of open spaces such as farms, green spaces, forest, creeks, and pathways.
I feel nostalgic of my campus life when I see students eating “Genghis Khan” lamb BBQ while drinking beer in the garden of the university! Eating outside on campus is only allowed for students but you will find different nice restaurants on campus too.
You can also rent bicycles near JR Sapporo Station and enjoy riding them through the campus.
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