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July 2013

Mumbai visit and Daniel K. Inouye Project

Mumbai visit

We recently hosted a delegation from Mumbai University and the Indian state of Maharashtra as a follow up to previous discussions on the development of community colleges in Mumbai.

The delegation is interested in the UH System’s model of higher education that includes two to four year institutions. The University of Mumbai is also looking to UH for guidance on travel and hospitality.

Kapi‘olani Community College Chancellor Leon Richards, who met members of the Mumbai university delegation at an international education summit convened by the Obama administration over a year ago, and Dean Frank Haas were invited to participate in an international conference in India earlier this year to discuss plans to develop community colleges in the country.

Daniel K. Inouye Project

UH Manoa has been given the honor of housing, preserving and organizing the late and revered Senator Daniel Inouye’s congressional papers.

UH Manoa and the Library of Congress signed an agreement earlier this month that will honor the lifework of the late senator. The Daniel K. Inouye Project also establishes a digital access program for the papers at both UH Manoa and the Library of Congress, creates an oral history and a distinguished scholars initiative focusing on national and international topics.

The senator’s son, Ken Inouye presented UH Manoa with his father’s UH diploma and The Daniel K. Inouye Institute presented UH Manoa with a $250,000 check to support the beginnings of our effort to carry on the senator’s legacy.

See a video from the presentation.

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Indonesia visit

I traveled to Indonesia with a delegation from the university which included UH Manoa’s Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and UH Manoa Professor of Education Maya Soetoro-Ng.

We were in Yogyakarta to represent the university’s interests in the APDR3 Indonesia Symposium. APDR3 refers to Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience which grew out of our strategic partnership with PACOM.

This visit was the result of APEC 2011, where a unique combination of partners from U.S. agencies, non profit agencies, PACOM and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce signed an MOU to work together to develop Disaster Reduction, Risk and Resilience in the Asia Pacific region. This effort is also part of our commitment to expand the university’s international engagements, especially in the Asia Pacific region.

In addition to the symposium, we worked to develop institutional partnerships with Indonesian universities to facilitate a new joint curriculum in this area and to expand research, student exchange, and student recruitment. We are also developing new study abroad opportunities, and we met with many UH alumni and friends in the Yogyakarta region. We visited the reconstruction village zone where villagers are working with the universities to build new earthquake and eruption resistant homes. We learned a great deal from these colleagues and had several news conferences.

A photo slide show of our fruitful Indonesian visit can be found on my blog.