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West Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Tokai International College to Share Dorms, Programs

Posted on | January 21, 2011 | Comments Off on West Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Tokai International College to Share Dorms, Programs

M.R.C. Greenwood and Kiyoshi Yamada

From left, M.R.C. Greenwood and Kiyoshi Yamada

The University of Hawaiʻi System and Tokai University Educational System signed a formal memorandum of understanding on Jan. 15 paving the way for the permanent relocation of Hawaiʻi Tokai International College to Kapolei, within steps of the new UH West Oʻahu campus.

The agreement formalizes the understanding between one of Japan’s largest private university systems and the University of Hawaiʻi, allowing students from Japan and Hawaiʻi to live in the same dormitories while taking advantage of synergies between the two campuses, such as shared programs and other facilities.

“Our agreement with Tokai University Educational System is a benefit to our state and certainly to the UH System,” says President M.R.C. Greenwood. “By placing one of Japan’s outstanding institutions of higher education alongside our newest and most modern university campus, together we will offer opportunities to enhance education that benefit both campuses.”

The new HTIC campus is set to open shortly after UH West Oʻahu’s fall 2012 opening. Students at HTIC will have an opportunity to finish their first two years at HTIC and later attain a bachelor’s degree at UH West Oʻahu.

“I am very glad that HTIC will be moving next to the new UH West Oʻahu campus,” says Naoto Yoshikawa, HTIC chancellor. “I believe that our institution, with an international student body from Japan, Hawaiʻi, the U.S. mainland and other countries, will enhance the global atmosphere of the UH West Oʻahu campus to the mutual benefit of students at both HTIC and UH West Oʻahu.”

“Our new campus features programs that are both relevant and highly regarded by our students and graduates,” says West Oʻahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni. “What makes our relationship with HTIC so special are cultural experiences and education that students from both campuses will share and take with them around the world.”

Read the news release.