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RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on March 18, 2009
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RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

WHEREAS, one of the underlying objectives of the “University of Hawai‘i System’s Second Decade Project” is to balance our educational mission and economic development in Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, nationally and internationally there has been a growing demand for entrepreneurial courses, certificates and degrees; and

WHEREAS, the graduate certificate in entrepreneurship (GCE) will provide a mechanism for students admitted to and in good academic standing at University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) graduate programs to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to successfully start their own business, commercially develop new technology, or work in an entrepreneurial enterprise; and

WHEREAS, UHM lags behind peer institutions in the number of disclosures, licensing income, new venture spin-offs and other products of technology commercialization that would benefit UHM and the State of Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, the GCE objectives are to promote research applications, commercialization and culturally sensitive economic development in services, high technology, diversified agriculture, tourism and other emerging sectors important to the continuous economic development of the state; and

WHEREAS, successful completion of the GCE curriculum will enhance the knowledge and skills of graduates in enabling transfer of new technologies to the private sector; and

WHEREAS, all courses necessary to complete the GCE are currently available and regularly taught; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, the Mānoa Faculty Senate approves the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship.