Letters from HUAP

Dr. Christofora Hanny Wijaya

Professor of Department of Food Science and Technology, Head of Hokkaido University Liaison Office in Indonesia, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), appointed as a Hokkaido University Ambassador in September 2016

The first thing that came to my mind when I received the offer to become a Hokkaido University Ambassador was a mixed feeling of honor and doubt; I wasn’t sure that I was the proper candidate for this position. On the other hand, I also felt I had an obligation to do something good for Hokkaido University, and saw this as an opportunity for me to give back to the institution which helped propel my career. Fortunately, I had Prof. Ryusuke Hatano, hand in hand with Prof Yasuyuki Hashidoko and Prof. Tsuneo Inoue, who supported me to pursue the offer. I do hope I can do a lot to help HU become one of the 100 top universities in the world.

At HU, I studied in the Department of Agricultural Chemistry for my master and doctoral degrees. My time at HU not only sharpened my skills to work as a professor in Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), but it also gave me an opportunity to create a dream and the tools to pursue real action to achieve that dream. Even now, I am still working on my dream to “create a better world by investing in people as the most valuable resource through love, honesty, passion, and education in the agriculture field”.

Recently, I have been happy to see HU devoting more attention to expanding its international collaborations and efforts to motivate the Japanese students to open their international insight by sending them to study abroad. In addition, more multidisciplinary programs have been developed, including new study programs in English. By recruiting young, outstanding researchers, staff, and students from all over the world, we can expect more comprehensive achievements and creative problem-solving contributions from HU to the scientific community.

The Hokkaido University Liaison Office in Indonesia was established in 2017 and provides information about services such as research opportunities, summer school program, student exchange programs, and scholarship programs between HU and IPB. Daily operations are supported by volunteers affiliated with HU, such as alumni and former PARE(1) and HUSTEP(2) participants. I would like to give special thanks to Prof. Anas Fauzi, Prof. Herry Suhardiyanto, the late Dr. Dahrulsyah, Prof. Nahrowi, and all stakeholders in Bogor Agricultural University for their positive response in providing facilities and access to the opening of the liaison office on the IPB Darmaga campus. I hope that the HU Liaison Office in Indonesia (LO Hokudai) can provide not only information, but also work toward concrete action in implementing available MoUs and benefits for both countries.

I love Sapporo very much and consider it my second home town; a beautiful, clean and “warm” city with hearty people. We do not have snow here in Bogor, Indonesia, so sometimes I miss those beautiful (although very cold!) days in the “winter wonderland.” I also love that “spring spirit” when the leaves start appearing after the long winter, and that beautiful, romantic “Koyo” (autumn leaves) scenery during the autumn. However, I do feel blessed as well living now in Bogor since I don’t need to wear a coat or shovel snow!

In conclusion, I would like to invite all HU alumni from all over the world to feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries. It is our destiny to come into one “Wa” (circle) as a big family of HU, and as family members, it is our obligation to help each other. I am waiting for your comments, suggestions, and proposals for our next step together in the very near future. Finally, to quote from Clark-sensei, “Boys (and Girls) should be Ambitious”, shouldn’t we?

Gambarimashou! Yoroshiku onegai itashimasu!

*(1) Program to Foster Pioneers to Transform the Populations-Activities-Resources and Environments (PARE) Chain. PARE is conducted by the PARE consortium comprised of 6 partner universities in Indonesia and Thailand.

*(2) The Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program. A ‘junior year abroad’ type program designed to provide undergraduate students from affiliated universities with the opportunity to study at Hokkaido University.

1. The Appointment Ceremony at Hokkaido University

2. The Appointment Ceremony at Jakarta, Indonesia

3. Traditional Sundanese dancers at the opening ceremony of the HU Liaison Office in Indonesia

4. Professor Hanny and volunteers of the Liaison Office wearing HU symbol printed original batik (a traditional ware of Indonesia)







*1 人口・活動・資源・環境に関連する様々な問題を解決し、アジアの発展に主導的な役割を果たすことができるフロンティア人材の育成を目指し、北海道大学とインドネシア・タイのパートナー校6大学が協働して実施しているプログラム
*2 海外の協定大学の学部生を対象とした、英語による短期留学プログラム。