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

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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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APEC expected to boost tourism

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor of Economics Denise Konan discusses the potential impact of the 2011 Asia Pacific Cooperation summit in Honolulu on Hawaiʻi tourism.

Konan, senior advisor to University of Hawaiʻi President MRC Greenwood on APEC, appeared on KITV television.

APEC Certificate Programs

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In addition to a summer slate of courses focused on advancing the Asia-Pacific region, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Summer Sessions is offering APEC Certificate programs for undergraduate and high school students to provide an advanced understanding of international issues and relationships specific to Asia and the Pacific.

The certificate programs are administered by Outreach College; certificates will be issued by UH Mānoa’s APEC Studies Center.

The programs are Intended for students interested in international relations, geopolitics, political science, economics, business, ethnic studies, the environment and leadership. College courses will be combined with lectures, films and opportunities for interaction with distinguished faculty and experts to furthering students’ educational goals and employment potential.

Summer Sessions is drawing on diverse resources of the university and community to also offer an array of programs focusing on the Asia-Pacific region’s potential for peaceful, inclusive and sustainable growth.

A dynamic summer of lectures, films, performances, noncredit workshops provide venues for learning about issues, discussing a wide variety of viewpoints and achieving greater international understanding.

Program information will be regularly updated on the Summer Sessions website.