Letters from HUAP

Dr. KunWoo Chun

Professor, Division of Forest Science, College of Forest and Environmental Sciences, Kangwon National University, Appointed as a Hokkaido University Ambassador in July 2022

I learned about the HU Ambassador and Partner System in 2015 from Professor Joo-Young Cha, the then-director of HU’s Seoul Office, and I am honored to have been inaugurated as an HU


 Partner at the appointment ceremony in Seoul in April 2016. I was also appointed as the first president of the Korea Yeonlyeongcho Association of Hokkaido University at its

 kickoff ceremony on the same day. The association is a new alumni group consisting of HU Ambassadors and Partners in South Korea. These appointments have made me feel truly honored and pleased with the opportunity to return the favor to all those at HU who helped me out in the past.

I belonged to the Laboratory of Erosion Control Engineering at the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Agriculture for four years from 1983: one year as a research student, and three years as a doctoral student. The wide-ranging guidance I received in those years from my supervisor, Professor Saburo Higashi, regarding the origin and direction of erosion control engineering laid the foundations for my 33-year academic life. Most notably, the idea of comprehensive erosion control, as opposed to erosion control simply based on analytical interpretations of data, has been a beacon for my research. To stay grounded in that idea after returning to Korea,  visited the laboratory every year and received guidance from professors Tohru Araya, Tomomi Marutani and Takashi Yamada. I also received instruction from Professor Futoshi Nakamura and Professor Shoichi Kimura at the Laboratory of Ecosystem Management. (Professor Kimura is an HU alumni and currently a professor at Gifu University.) Further, I have encouraged many of my students to study at HU.

Although Chuncheon City, where I live, is at a much lower latitude than Sapporo, the two cities are similar in terms of natural conditions such as vegetation; however, Sapporo has much greater snowfall. Furthermore, Kangwon National University, where I work, has a lot in common with HU. Just as the forerunner of HU was Sapporo Agricultural College, so Kangwon National University developed from Chuncheon Agricultural College. The first president of Kangwon National University graduated from the HU School of Science, and many HU alumni have since served as the president of our university. Also, in the Division of Forest Science, the second, fourth, and ninth deans were HU alumni before I was selected to be the 14th dean.

So far, interactions among alumni appear to have been mostly limited to a personal level, like those between 

laboratory alumni. To expand and continue such interactions for years to come, we need to encourage alumni to participate in various events held by HU and incentivize them to contribute to exchange activities.

In our busy lives, we tend to forget what matters to us, but we alumni should keep in mind that we are who we are because we’ve been able to make our dreams come true—dreams we dreamed while studying on the HU campus. As we’ve been driven by what we learned and experienced at HU, so should we help drive HU forward and upward so that we can become the pride of the University as we work in our respective fields with an abiding belief in the institution.


2 015年、当時韓国ソウルオフィス所長の車柱榮教授から、北海道大学アンバサダー・パートナー制度について聞き、2016年4月にソウル市内で委嘱式が開かれ、北海道大学パートナーに就任しました。また、同日開催された韓国北海道大学アンバサダー・パートナーを会員とする新たな同窓会「北海道大学ヨルリョンチョ(延齡草) 会」発足式では、初代会長に就任しました。大変光栄であり、これまでお世話になった北海道大学のため、少しでも力になれる機会と思い、非常に嬉しく思いました。


 帰国後もこの精神を忘れないよう、 毎年、砂防工学研究室を訪問し、新谷融教授、丸谷知己教授、山田孝教授のみならず、生態系管理学研究室の中村太士教授や木村正一岐阜大学教授(北海道大学同窓生)に多大なご指導をいただきました。さらに、多くの門下生を北海道大学への留学に導いてきました。