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UH Manoa Shidler College of Business moves up in U.S. News ranking

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Aug 25, 2009

“We believe the Shidler College of Business is still the best location to learn
international business with an Asian perspective.” — Dean V. Vance Roley
On August 19, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges issue of top U.S. undergraduate business programs, the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa ranked 12th overall in International Business, up from 19th place in 2009.
The Shidler College of Business is listed with elite schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, and UC Berkeley, and ahead of other notable schools such as Northeastern University and George Washington University. Of the public schools ranked in International Business, Shidler College of Business is ranked 9th on the list.
“We are extremely pleased at the progress we have made over the past few years to develop our undergraduate program,” said V. Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “Our sharp rise in the ranking can be attributed in part to the combined efforts of our faculty, staff and accomplished alumni throughout the world in helping us develop quality programs and real world experiences so our students can compete on a global scale.”
            Roley added, “In the past few years, we’ve created a new entrepreneurship major, developed our internship and career placement program, provided numerous study abroad opportunities, added a freshmen scholars pre-business program, increased travel scholarships and enhanced our curriculum in international business with focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
In April, U.S. News also ranked the Shidler College of Business graduate program in international business 21st in the nation.
The ranking is based on an annual survey of business deans and senior faculty from AACSB-International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited programs.
For more information on the U.S News and World Report rankings of America's Best Colleges, visit
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Notable Achievements in International Business
In 2006, the College was renamed the Shidler College of Business, after alumnus and real estate entrepreneur Jay Shidler, who donated over $25 million to the College. The new funds and name allowed many changes to the College, including the establishment of a Full-Time Day MBA, the China International MBA with Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, and an Executive MBA in Ho Chi Minh City, in addition to the College’s already successful Japan-Focus MBA and Vietnam Executive MBA in Hanoi, Vietnam.
   Other achievements:
• The Shidler College of Business graduate program is currently ranked 21st in International Business by U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2010,” tied with Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. Among the public schools that made the list, Shidler ranked ninth.
• There are over 850 undergraduate and 500 graduate business students enrolled at the Shidler College of Business. International students account for approximately 12% of our undergraduate and 30% of our graduate students.
• This fall, the College will launch several new programs including a Master’s of Financing Engineering degree, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) major in entrepreneurship and Freshmen Pre-Business Scholars Program.
• One of the College’s distinguishing features is its focus on the Asian/Pacific business culture.
• The College offers country-focused MBA programs that consist of traditional MBA classes, international business electives focused on specific Asian countries and an intensive language program. Students also do three-month internships in their focus countries.
Financial Times reported that 25 percent of Vietnam’s gross domestic product is controlled by graduates of the Shidler Vietnam Executive MBA program. Over 120 top-level managers and executives have graduated from the Vietnam Executive MBA program.
About the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Established in 1949 as the College of Business Administration, the College was named in 2006 after alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group. The Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international management education and is ranked among the nation's top 25 graduate schools for international business by U.S.News & World Report in 2008. Long recognized for its Asia-Pacific focus, the College is a professional school, offering a wide variety of degree, certificate and executive programs. The College places a strong emphasis on the development of management skills, entrepreneurship and the management of business information technology. The UH Shidler College of Business is the only graduate program in the State of Hawai‘i accredited by AACSB International. For more information, visit