APEC interns behind the scenes

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Fifteen undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have been hard at work behind the scenes to help Hawaiʻi a major international event—the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Meeting in Honolulu.

Led by Mānoa Department of Economics Chair Denise Konan, special advisor on APEC to University of Hawaiʻi President and APEC Hawaiʻi Host Committee member M.R.C. Greenwood, the student interns have helped in various ways.

Read in UH News: Students work behind the scenes to prepare for APEC

Intensive interpreter program

John Nealon at microphone wearing lei

John Nealon

An instructor and his student from the Center for Interpretation and Translation Studies 2011 Summer Intensive Interpreter Training program are serving as escort interpreters for a Spanish-speaking president and first lady during APEC leaders week. Simultaneous and consecutive interpreting instructor John Nealon recommended his student Katherine Porras for the assignment.

Philippine congressman to speak

Walden Bello at podium

Philippine Congressman Walden Bello will discuss Geopolitics in APEC: The Philippines, China and the U.S. Pacific Command in a free public lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, November 10 in the UH Mānoa Architecture Auditorium.

Bello is a professor of sociology and public administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman and the founder and executive director of the international policy research institute Focus on the Global South.

He will address the implications of China’s assertiveness on the complex geopolitical relationship involving this rising power, the Philippines, a weakened United States and the rest of Asia.

For more information, email Fred Magdalena, UH Mānoa Center for Philippine Studies or call (808) 956-6086.

Chinese media cover APEC climate symposium

New York City-based New Tang Dynasty (NTD) television covered the recent APEC Climate Symposium held in Honolulu Oct. 2011, for a broadcast to mainland China.

It features UH Mānoa professor of meteorology Kevin Hamilton (00:36 seconds into the video) speaking about the role of the scientists at the symposium.

The NTDTV report also showcases some of the natural beauty of Hawaiʻi for Chinese audiences.

Organized by the International Pacific Research Center, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Climate Symposium 2011 brought together more than 50 climate scientists from around the Pacific Rim.

APEC Climate Center symposium

Eight scientists on balcony

From left, Brian Taylor and Kevin Hamilton, UH Mānoa; Chin-Seung Chung, APEC Climate Center; keynote speakers Rosina Bierbaum, Neil Plummer, Jagadish Shukla, In-Sik Kang, Bin Wang

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As part of the 2011 APEC activities in Honolulu, the APEC Climate Center holds its annual symposium at the East-West Center’s Keoni Auditorium on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus October 17–20.

The University of Hawaiʻi is the local host along with the International Pacific Research Center, the climate center at Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

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APEC on higher education

Three people talking over coffee

Conference delegates, from left, Zhou Nanzhao, of East China Normal University; Antony Stella,of Australia’s Asia-Pacific Quality Network; and Molly N.N. Lee, UNESCO Bangkok

About a hundred leaders from government agencies, educational institutions and international organizations gathered in Honolulu for a three day Asia Pacific Economics Cooperation conference on higher education quality co-hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi Aug. 4–6.

About 40 delegates presented papers identifying best practices in higher education. Presentations focused on four themes—

  • Defining quality and quality assurance and identifying compelling and dominant models
  • Examining the controversial issue of rankings and clarifying the role of rankings within quality assurance
  • Sharing regional and country examples of what works well (particularly in achieving access and equity), identifying why and exploring how to scale them up
  • Creating de facto standards of excellence for creating global universities

Visit the conference website for more information.

Northeast Asia economists

Denise Konan and Lee-Jay Cho talking

Economists Denise Konan and Lee-Jay Cho

The 20th Annual Northeast Asia Economic Forum takes place August 8–9 in Waikīkī. Northeast Asian and North American policymakers, business leaders, academics and members of nongovernmental organizations will discuss trade and economic partnership, energy, cross-border infrastructure and financing as a precursor to the APEC Summit in Honolulu in November.

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Quality in higher education

four students sitting on the lawn at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Key higher education officials, scholars and experts from throughout the Asia-Pacific region will meet in Honolulu Aug. 4–6 to discuss the issue of higher education quality at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference on Quality in Higher Education, organized by the University of Hawaiʻi System in cooperation with the East-West Center.

Economic growth and development in the Asia-Pacific region depend on the quality of education and training available, and higher education is central to building capacity, equity, access, and an ability to adapt to rapid and profound economic change. Defining and identifying quality, and seeking to assure it, are a challenge in higher education.

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