UH Mānoa and Fulbright Canada officials in front of Hawaiʻi Hall

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, in partnership with Fulbright Canada, has announced the establishment of the state’s first Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair. To be housed in the College of Social Sciences under a five-year arrangement beginning in the fall of 2016, the program will support regional cooperation on issues including energy and the environment, Asia-Pacific engagement, indigenous issues, ICT, health disparities, policy and migration.

Said College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Eby Konan, “Hawaiʻi is strategically positioned to lead a dialog on international affairs across North America and the Asia Pacific. We are so pleased that this collaboration is being launched with Canada, the U.S.’s largest trading partner and closest ally. This visiting chair will greatly enhance research at the college and encourage dialogue between students and faculty from various academic disciplines, as well as the university and the wider community.”

Added Michael K. Hawes, CEO of Fulbright Canada, “The Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs Program currently has more than 60 visiting chairs throughout Canada and the United States. Our university partners in the program include many of the major research universities and colleges in both countries. The addition of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to this august group expands this consortium to address key issues, particularly in the areas of Asia-Pacific engagement, indigenous issues, and international strategy and policy.”

In addition to the visiting research chair, the Fulbright Canada and College of Social Sciences partnership brings a host of opportunities for American scholars and graduate students. For more information, read the College of Social Sciences news release.