This division was established on the 1st April 2014 to conduct research in the area of higher education. Main issues are improvement of training system, education system reform, entrance examination reform, improvement of the class method, evaluation of education system (IR), life long study and regional alliances. Three divisions were unified and established this new division. Three includes Research Division for Higher Education (established in 1995), Research Division for Lifelong Learning (established in 1995) and Division for Admission System (established in 2002).
The purposes of this division are the study on future problems in the higher education and provide a specific solution to our university. An entrance examination system, undergraduate education, graduate school education and life long Learning are included in the area of the study. This division provides research, practice and the information about higher education to contribute to education and management of Hokkaido University. We offer service in conjunction with the higher education using the results of research to inside and outside our university.
The role of the new division is to support Hokkaido University and other Japanese university by taking a middle term plan of our university about the future plan of the government in advance, and studying the problem that is necessary for them, and reporting it. In other words, we study for the future reform of our university.
As a gentle organization, we found some study groups that is based on a study area. The exclusive duty professor participates in the several study groups. This study group is reviewed in a period of time.
As an enterprise, the division plans seminars and lectures for higher education, and collects and lends literature and data (books and journals) about higher education.
Our division publishes a journal annually (Journal of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning) and center news every four months. Some parts of them are written in English. We also publish many reports.