Message from the Executive Director

Front Office for Human Resource Education and Development was established in April 2009 to aid career path development for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and young researchers, and to support research activities of female researchers. Subsequently, our services have been expanded to international doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers, and we have also started a program to nurture promising young academic staff by establishing a collaborative network with other graduate schools which share the same awareness of the issues. Currently, the Office consists of Superior Skill Station, Support Office for Female Researchers (FResHU) and Consortium Office for Fostering of Researchers in Future Generations (COFRe).

In April 2014, Superior Skill Station was reformed into three sections; S-cubic, I-HoP and Tenue-Track (Office of Promotion and Standardization of the Tenure-Track System). S-cubic builds a solid foundation for implementing the career development program for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers while I-HoP provides career development support programs conducted in English for international students and researchers. Tenure-Track has more focus on promoting the development of young academic staff. Highly advanced knowledge that young researchers gained in the course of their studies at graduate schools and their international and broader perspectives are indispensable not only in academia but also in industries. At the Superior Skill Station, our experienced staff from both inside and outside of Hokkaido University strive not only to support those competent human resources develop themselves but also to find and create places where they can flourish.

At our university, activities of FResHU, Support Office for Female Researchers are considered as an integral part of human resource development. It provides a friendly research environment for female researchers and implements measures to raise awareness on gender equality. The vision of building a system in which researchers can continue their academic pursuit with a positive outlook for the future at any stage of their life by maintaining work-life balance is necessary not only for female researchers but for all. We strongly believe that the realization of gender-equal society with an appropriate work-life balance will lead to revitalizing the education and research activities at universities.

Consortium Office for Fostering of Researchers in Future Generations (COFRe) was established in the fiscal year 2014 with Tohoku University and Nagoya University who shared the same objectives. Since then, we have been creating the environment together to develop the next-generation human resources. Our aim is to further enrich and advance the career development program by sharing, jointly hosting and allowing participation to the sophisticated programs that each university offers.

Human resource education and development should be implemented continuously with a mid to long-term perspective. Input from the business community and various fields of the society are truly important for us to achieve concrete results. We welcome your honest opinions and suggestions to promote the human resource education and development at Hokkaido University.

Masanori Kasahara
Vice President of Hokkaido University
Executive Director, Front Office for Human Resource Education and Development