Focus on the Philippines
Information on the University's extensive library holdings for the Philippines is available here.
The University offers basic, intermediate and advanced instruction in the Filipino and Illokano languages, and also coordinates the Advanced Filipino Abroad Program. The University also supports two student co-curricular organizations: Timpuyog (for Illokano-speakers) and Katipunan (for Filipino speakers).
The University offers student exchange programs with the University of the Philippines at Diliman and with the University of the Philippines at Los Banos in addition to Mariano Marcos State University, the Philippine Women's University in Quezon City and Davao and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture in Los Banos, Laguna.
Filipino as a Global Language
The inaugural Filipino as a Global Language Conference in 2008 brought together scholars, writers, language teachers, researchers and other practitioners from around the world to Hawaii to discuss issues pertaining the role of Filipino as a global language. The conference featured storytelling, folk dancing, poetry and a youth track which involved students from local high schools, community colleges and the University of Hawaii.
Minority Serving Institutions in the Philippines
Following a successful two year pilot project, the University of Hawaii applied for partial funding to carry out an extended program to address the dilemma of the lack of Asian Studies courses in Minority Serving Institutions.
This program made an array of academic opportunities accessible to students attending historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and in minority-serving higher education in general in the United States. Hawaii, with its major Asian resources, built a partnership with the 39 institutions currently represented by the United Negro College Fund and with four other major urban minority-serving universities to begin the task of making Asian Studies available at some level in the curricula of these schools.
Using a grant from the Stern Trust, some assistance from the United Negro College Fund and University of Hawaii funding, the Center followed the successful 1999 Viet Nam model. This time the project included HSI faculty as well. Once again CSEAS provided pre-trip orientation in Honolulu. In this second project, CSEAS used the San Carlos University in Cebu City as the field school locale. Participants also traveled throughout the central Philippines area on regional field trips and spent a final week in the capital of Manila. Upon their return to the U.S. these participants engaged in a variety of related academic activities on their home campuses and in professional meetings.