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quote from MRC Greenwood

January 2011

Innovation symposium is a success

I’d like to thank everyone who attended and helped put together our E Kamakani Noi‘i innovation symposium held Jan. 13–14. We had a tremendous turnout and we continue to receive very positive feedback from people who attended.

As you know, at the symposium I presented the recommendations of our advisory council on innovation and technology advancement on what the University of Hawai‘i needs to do to create the 21st century capability for innovation and technology transfer.

An implementation plan will be developed based on the symposium discussions and the feedback we receive. I’d like to thank the advisory council for the time and effort they put into this.

As I said at the symposium, we know what we need to do to move forward, and the time is now. I’m very excited by the support expressed by the national experts and local business and government leaders who attended our symposium, and I am sure we will have more exciting developments to share with you in the coming months.

Speaker summaries, video of their presentations and supporting slides are available online.

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UH West O‘ahu News

West O‘ahu, Tokai University sign partnership

MRC Greenwood and Kiyoshi Yamada standing behind tqble

A formal memorandum of understanding signed between the University of Hawai‘i System and Tokai University Educational System features a unique partnership.

The agreement paves the way for the permanent relocation of Hawai‘i Tokai International College to Kapolei, within steps of the new West O‘ahu campus, and the agreement formalizes the understanding between one of Japan’s largest private university systems and the University of Hawai‘i, allowing students from Japan and Hawai‘i to live in the same dormitories while taking greatest advantage of synergies between the two campuses, such as shared programs and other facilities.

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