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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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APEC higher education project planned

We have received approval from Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to lead a project on quality in higher education in the Asia-Pacific region.

The project will address quality education and training as a foundation for long-term inclusive growth and prosperity by identifying ways in which quality initiatives are being defined, developed and practiced within higher education programs, institutions and governments in the region.

Solicited papers from universities, governments and stakeholders throughout the APEC region will be presented at an invitational symposium in Honolulu in August 2011. Invited participants will discuss case studies and specific practices as well as issues related to scaling up and sustaining quality efforts throughout the region. The Honolulu discussions are intended to establish an ongoing network for discussion and continued development of best practices and sustainability within national and local higher education environments.

I’d like to thank the project steering team of Vice President Linda Johnsrud, Regent John Holzman, Terry Bigalke of the East-West Center, Mangmang Brown of the UH Foundation and Joanne Taira, who is serving as the project overseer. We are also grateful for the support of UH Manoa Professor Emeritus Deane Neubauer and UCLA Professor Emeritus John Hawkins, who are consulting on the project.