Higher Education / Museum Meister Course
In 2009, the Hokkaido University Museum established the Museum Meister certification course.
Seeking to develop the sort of well-rounded education that Hokkaido University strives for, this course expands cross-functional education programs into vertically structured education systems that lead the way to specialty programs. Its goal is to establish an educational system consisting of three levels—introductory courses, advanced courses, and hands-on courses—instilling in students topic search capabilities, cooperative skills, and independence, thus helping them gain problem-solving, communication, and management skills. The result is a self-directed professional with a broad worldview, who is interested in volunteer opportunities and contributing to the advancement of society.
Students earn four credits for each curriculum group. Those who maintain a GPA in the top half of their class are given a final interview with museum staff and are certified as Museum Meisters.
As of March 2013, 20 students had become Museum Meisters. These students present research results at museum workshops, contribute articles to the Museum News, and are active in a variety of other areas, such as chairing seminars and forums sponsored by the Museum and Hokkaido University.
- Click here for a leaflet on the Museum Meister Certification Course. (JAPANESE)
- Click here for the course registration form. (JAPANESE)
- Click here for the written application for recognition of completion. (JAPANESE)
Information is available on various classes and projects:
While it is an institute dedicated to research and education, the Museum also supports lifelong learning. The Museum regularly holds exhibits, seminars, workshops, and para-taxonomist training courses, providing a vast range of lifelong learning opportunities to local residents.
Beginning in 2001, the Museum also established a volunteer registration system and currently supports lifelong learning through volunteer activities in 13 fields.
Student volunteers at the Fisheries Science Center on the Hakodate campus have been active since 2009.