We hosted education ministers and officials from 20 of the 21 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies at the APEC Symposium on Quality in Higher Education at the East-West Center early thismonth, attended by U.S. delegate Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, and other key education ministers.
As a member of the APEC Hawaii Host Committee, I’ve called upon our faculty, staff and students to help get ready for APEC in a myriad of ways. UH was selected to train the volunteer and hospitality staff for the November conference. We’ve been busy over the summer organizing manpower to service not only the official delegates and their entourages, but also the 2,000-plus international journalists expected to cover the conference. Thank you to Honolulu Community College and Windward Community College for opening their facilities for training. This Saturday’s training will be at themedical school, and two sessions in September will be at our Leeward and Manoa campuses.
Thanks to the support of Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, our Maui, Kauai, and Big Island campuses will start training airport employees and TSA personnel on their islands next month.
Last week, Vice President Rockne Freitas and I, along with other members of the host committee, participated in a protocol ceremony at Maunaala, the Royal Mausoleum, to pay respect to the ancestral leaders of Hawaii on behalf of APEC. This event was sponsored by the Hawaiian Cultural Host Committee for APEC and we were happy to participate.
University and campus news
- UH/PACOM initiative
- Kuali update
- Hilo opens new building
- Students participate in field archeology
- Hawaii offers photovoltaic course
- Johnson Hall remodeled
- Bookstore offers textbook rental
- Awards convocation scheduled
UH Hilo News
Hilo opens new building
Students at UH Hilo are enjoying all the great features of the new Sciences and Technology Building. A blessing and dedication of the building was held earlier this month.
New Big Island Regent Barry Mizuno joined the president, Gov. Abercrombie and some Big Island legislators and special guests in touring the $25 million building, which spans more than 42,000 square feet and fulfills the need for additional classrooms, office space and state-of-the-art laboratories for UH Hilo’s expanding physics, astronomy and chemistry programs.
The facilities will accommodate classes in biology, math, geography, history and communication. Based on projections, the building will serve more than 1,700 students in various classroom venues daily.