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International Engagement at UH

A primary purpose of the University of Hawai‘i is to serve the people of Hawai‘i by preparing its students to be internationally engaged citizens, by enriching the educational experience of students and faculty, and by connecting the citizens of Hawai‘i with ideas, talent, and economic opportunity from the vibrant cultures and economies of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Across its ten campuses, the University of Hawai‘i is committed to being a preeminent international center of learning, discovery, application, and service in Oceania, the Asia-Pacific region, and beyond.  It also fosters among students and faculty global perspectives and attitudes, and adaptability to a rapidly changing environment.

-From the University of Hawai‘i System Mission Statement and Strategic Directions for International Engagement, 2010-2020

“Ma luna a‘e o na lahui a pau ke ola o ke kanaka - Above all nations is humanity" These words, inscribed on the Founders’ Gate at our oldest campus, reflect the native Hawaiian spirit of aloha and values that foster openness, respect, and collaboration, as well as the ethnic diversity of the population of Hawai‘i and the University community. Hawai‘i is perhaps the most isolated land on earth, yet it has long been the crucible of international interaction.


The Office of International and Strategic Initiatives (OISI) is part of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA).  At the system level, OISI encourages cooperation and collaboration among the 10 campuses to promote international engagement.

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