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US News and World Report ranks UH graduate programs among the nation's best

International Business, Environmental Law in the top 20

University of Hawaiʻi
Jim Manke, (808) 956-6099
University Relations
Kristen Cabral, (808) 956-5039
Public Information Officer
Posted: Apr 5, 2002

Two University of Hawaiʻi graduate programs are ranked in the top 20 in the country by US News and World Report magazine. Graduate school rankings will appear in the magazine on newsstands Monday, April 8.

International business programs at the College of Business Administration are ranked in the top 20 such programs in the country, alongside George Washington University and the University of Washington.

"We have developed an excellent reputation among graduate students and business schools for our Asia-Pacific focus in a number of programs across the curriculum here," said associate dean Jim Wills. "We are pleased to have this additional recognition in a more public forum."

The College of Business Administration has aggressively pursued international business expertise through its Pacific Asian Management Institute, Center for International Business Education and Research, and the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business. In addition, the college offers MBA programs with focus on Japan, China, and, beginning this year, Viet Nam, with the establishment of a cooperative agreement with Hanoi School of Business, Vietnam National University.

The Environmental Law program at the William S. Richardson School of Law is tied for twentieth place in the rankings — alongside similar programs at Columbia, UC-Davis, Florida State and Golden Gate University.

"We are extremely proud of the growing national reputation of our Environmental Law program," said Dean Lawrence Foster. "This is a testament to the hard work of our excellent faculty, students and alumni."

The Richardson School of Law developed the Environmental Law Program (ELP) in 1988. The ELP seeks to train future lawyers to be skilled in the field of environmental law and to contribute to the advancement of environmental law doctrine, scholarship, and practice locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The US News and World Report rankings are established using such measures as statistical analysis of selected academic attributes and surveys of deans and senior faculty at accredited schools in each discipline. For more on the rankings, visit the Web at