In a nutshell, the Center for Philippine Studies is committed to the trilogy of functions of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, namely instruction, research and outreach activities.
- Academically, it is involved in teaching of courses at the Asian Studies Program as well as in others, and supports such curricular programs as the Filipino/Ilokano Language and Literature, Ethnic Studies, and other departments or units where Philippine-related courses are taught.
- In research, the Center promotes research work and supports faculty and students doing fieldwork in the Philippines. They can apply for and obtain fellowship grants to enable them to conduct research connected to their studies or theses.
- CPS regularly sponsors a colloquium series or brown-bag seminars, and publishes research findings to disseminate information to various publics. It also actively participates in international conferences and other fora on Philippine studies and related topics.
- Finally, it is engaged in various outreach activities that enhance the interest of the Hawaii Filipino community as well as those in the Philippines, and conducts projects that help realize the mission of the Center for Philippine Studies,
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