Introducing HUISA executive committee members 2018-19

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford

Hokkaido University International Students’ Association (HUISA) has received a brand new executive committee members for the academic year of 2018-19. The committee consists of young, energetic and lively people from different parts of the world.

Lets hear what the new executive members have to say.

President: Nguyen Thi Thuy Van (Vietnam)


Hello everybody, My name is Van and I come from Vietnam. Currently, I am a third year student of the Modern Japanese Studies Program, majoring in Japanese society and political economy. This year I was fortunately and gratefully promoted as the president of HUISA. As a leader, I along with my team will try our best to listen and then contribute to the university international students’ extracurricular activities. I believe that life abroad is not only about books and researches; but it is also about new experience, foreign friends, and different culture adaptation. Therefore, in order to make abroad academic life easier, more colorful and adventurous; interesting and meaningful exchange events which can connect varied skin colored together are undeniably important. Creating those events is my expectation and target for the association this year. Besides monthly events and moreover, HUISA and I will always be available, ready to correspond and support your life here in Sapporo.

Vice President: Edgar Manuel Cambaza (Mozambique)


Artist or scientist? Maybe a dreamer…
My name is Edgar M. Cambaza. Call me Edy (that’s it)! I’m the smily nerdish Mozambican dude from HUISA’s photos.
I’m biologist, now a food scientist and now becoming a food process engineer (don’t worry, even I have a hard time understanding what it means lol… just kidding). I’m now a 3rd year PhD study at the Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University.
Ok, enough with the boring stuff! I believe in people, love and kindness. That’s why I love art and voluntary work. I’ve been doing it all my life! I joined HUISA because it has the potential to reawaken the best values from the international students in Hokudai and make their experience in Japan much easier and enjoyable.
Join our events and you’ll understand what I mean. And more… don’t come just for joy. Come if you need some assistance in your daily life. That’s what friends are for..)

General Secretary: Kamal Shuvro Sajjad (Bangladesh)


Hi! This is Sajjad from Bangladesh, currently studying environmental molecular biology at Hokkaido University. I am interested in music, arts, science and almost anything that can show me the broad picture of things about the universe. Keeping my eyes and ears wide open for the broad spectrum of ideas, I am contributing to HUISA as a general secretary. I believe in individualism and helping every international students to grow, connect and communicate while having a good time in Hokkaido University is one of my resolutions as a general secretary this year. Like they say in Japanese “お互い頑張りましょう!”

Treasurer: Yang Qiu (China)


Hey! My name is Yang Qiu. Call me Elysee. And I come from China. I’m doing my master in economics and business and I’m currently in my first year. I like social work very much. I have been to Thailand as a volunteer. So this time I joined HUISA, and want to try my best to help international students. Before I submitted the application of HUISA, I asked myself”what am I doing here?” But I really feel that doing good and interesting things actually makes me happier.

Public Relation Officer: Vera Fitriya Ersalena (Indonesia)


Hello everyone, I am Vera Fitriya Ersalena, an Indonesian student in Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University. Being a part of Hokkaido University International Students’ Association (HUISA) is one of the greatest experiences; making friends with those coming from other countries, sharing ideas and interests, learning how the leadership should be, solving problems together, encouraging each other and enjoying all the activities. These will be unforgettable moments in life, sure! One noteworthy thing is that all international students are HUISA, we guys are HUISA. To me, HUISA is a home where I find new family to share all the ups and downs. I do believe, they will stand right no matter what. Thank you for being my new home in Hokkaido.
Secretary for Sports and Recreation: Mba Joshua Chidiebere (Nigeria)
I am Mba Joshua Chidiebere, a Nigerian and a Master course graduate student in the faculty of Life Science, Hokkaido University. I have passion for research and development. Thus, acquiring knowledge and contributing in proffering solutions to world’s health challenges through my research are my top priorities in life. My hobbies include researching, watching and playing soccer and listening to music. I am driven by innovation, creativity, and service to humanity. No wonder the need to join HUISA’s 2018-2019 Executive Committee. This will give me the room to utilize my talents and time in assisting the international community in this great citadel of learning, Hokkaido university to live a balanced and fulfilled life for yet another year. I am intrinsically motivated by challenges and as a team player I will be working with the new Executive team to promote the well being of the international students, bridge the gap between the international community and the people of Hokkaido and Japan as well as encourage networking amongst international students.

Secretary for Social Welfare and Culture: Sivakumar Gowthaman (Sri Lanka)


I am Gowtham from Sri Lanka. Currently, I am pursuing my Doctoral studies in Engineering stream from Hokkaido University, Japan. It’s my great pleasure to be a part of HUISA as the Secretary for Social Welfare and Culture, which has stimulated my attraction to the field of social, cultural and public works. Basically, I am a person who have always been deeply committed in helping others. Well, HUISA is one of the preeminent association of Hokkaido University, which aims to promote the interaction and understanding between the international student community and Japanese community of Hokkaido in various ways, and without a doubt, it has made a wonderful opportunity to join a pleasant team of social workers as well as to serve the communities of Hokkaido University, Japan.

Honorary President: Kritika Poudel (Nepal) (HUISA President 2017-18)


Hellooooo everyone!!

This is Kritika from Nepal and currently a doctoral course second year student at Graduate School of Health Sciences. I am a nurse by profession, traveler by passion and music lover by obsession. Last year, I was given a big responsibility of working as a President and it was dream turned reality for me. This is my third year as the executive member and no doubt HUISA has become an important part of my life. For me, HUISA is my family. It has given me wonderful friends, lifetime memories to treasure and  has taught me to accept and respect the differences we all have. I am sure we will have great time this year too, organizing different events and supporting international students’ activities. HUISA is by, for and to international students, hence we will always need your kind support. At last, I just want to say that there is no limit to what we can accomplish, except the limits we place on our own thinking. Lets work together to make HUISA better than yesterday. Cheers!!!

Adviser: Deepak HV (India) (HUISA President 2016-17, Honorary President 2017-18)


Hello everyone!! I am Deepu from India. I am a doctoral course final year student at Graduate School of Life Science. I love playing cricket, dancing and listening to music. This is my fifth year in HUISA. My relationship with HUISA is quite long. Since the beginning of my HUISA days, I got opportunities to work as Vice president, which was followed by President, Honorary President and currently I am the adviser of the team. I believe in a team effort and as a team we can make impossible things possible. After being HUISA member, I have made great friends with whom I have been fortunate enough to share many memories of my life. I am deeply attached to HUISA and its work. We organize many events for international students and their families so that they could enjoy their life while in Hokudai. Of course, HUISA has its own rules and regulations and we all are abide by it. I hope we can achieve many things with this team spirit. Let’s enjoy organizing different events together!! 😉


Well, this is just a brief introduction about the team. Please participate in our events to get to know more about us. If you need any support or do not understand things while adjusting to new life in Hokudai, you can always write to us at

We are planning to have Ohanami (picnic enjoying mesmerizing cherry blossom) on 6th May, 2018. Please stay tuned for other events and keep on supporting HUISA.


Thank youuuuu!!

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