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Two-hours internet forum for high school and college students all over the world
to address global issues hosted by Hokkaido University, Japan


The discussion themes for GiFT2016 are “How can you reduce your garbage?” and “What actions are you taking to respond to global warming?”. GiFT is an online student discussion forum that was inaugurated in 2011 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Sustainability Weeks, which is an annual gathering we have hosted since 2007. The Sustainability Weeks is part of the Hokkaido University's annual social contribution to help create a sustainable society.

Archive videos

GiFT2016 was live-broadcasted on Sunday 8:00 p.m. November 27, 2016 (GMT+9)

The first half: “How can we reduce our garbage?”

The second half: “What kind of actions are you taking to respond to the global warming?”


Jinzhu Shi

“How can you reduce your garbage ?”

Master student
in Graduate School of Public Policy
( from China )

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Kim Andersson

“What kind of actions are you taking to respond to the global warming?”

in Modern Japanese Studies Program (MJSP) in Undergraduate School
( from Sweden )

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Deepak Hadya Virupaksha

President of Hokkaido University International Students Association (HUISA)/ Doctoral student in Graduate School of Life Sciences
( from India )

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Kritika Poudel

Master student
in Graduate School of Health Sciences
( from Nepal )

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West Kristian Dizon Paraiso

Doctoral student
in Graduate School of Life Sciences
( from Philippines )

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Laksmi Pratiwi

Student of Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program ( HUSTEP ) from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia
( from Indonesia )

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Thamer Mahmmoud Muhammad AL-JBARAT

Doctoral student in e3 Program
in Graduate School of Engineering
( from Jordan )

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(*These are the information as of Nov 27, 2016.)


There is a gift for you!

Two people will be selected out of active participants in GiFT2016
and invited to the Hokkaido University Experience Tour 2017.
The tour will be held in summer 2017.

Application Period Ended for Hokkaido University Experience Tour 2017

Thank you very much for passionate applications for the Experience Tour 2017 from around the globe. The application period has ended on Dec. 4, 2016. Participants in the Tour 2017 will be announced by the end of January 2017 on this website and our Facebook page. Notification will also be sent to the selected participants via e-mail. Please wait till the announcement. Your contribution to GiFT2016 was highly appreciated. We are looking forward to seeing you all again in near future.

Tour Overview

High school and university students who are interested in studying abroad to Hokkaido University, as well as a high school teacher who provides them support are invited to the Hokkaido University Experience Tour at our Sapporo campus. During the tour, you can participate in classes of the subject area that you are interested in, have discussions with researchers and fun talk with current students. Why don’t you come and enjoy intellectual stimulation in Hokkaido surrounded by vibrant and fresh summer leaves?

Find what the Tour looks like in the report pages made by invited students from various parts of the world in from 2014 to 2016.
If you get an interest, please start clicking "Like!" button on our FB.

How to apply for the Tour

4 steps below are required to apply for the Tour:

"Like!" Sustainability Weeks on its Facebook page.

Click "going" and leave a brief self-introduction on its event page.

Participate in "GiFT" via YouTube Live on Sunday 20:00-22:00 November 27, 2016 (GMT+9).

Submit your application form by December 4, 2016.
Applications will be accepted from November 27, 2016.