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Capt. Kurt A. Mole and UH President David Lassner shake hands after the letter acknowledges UH Mānoa in the NSA Featured Schools Program.

The National Security Agency (NSA) acknowledged the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as one of its select featured college campuses on September 3, becoming one of just four campuses nationwide. The official start to the program is September 4.

NSA Hawaiʻi commander Captain Kurtis A. Mole delivered a letter of recognition for the work that UH Mānoa has been involved in since 2007. UH Mānoa is also an NSA/Department of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research.

“The University of Hawaiʻi is very honored to have been selected by NSA as a featured school,” said UH President David Lassner. “We have developed an exceptionally strong partnership with NSA that is helping students at every level from K—12 to higher education develop interests and skills in cybersecurity. This not only prepares Hawaiʻi students for great jobs with NSA, one of our major employers, but also helps strengthen Hawaiʻi’s overall cybersecurity across the public and private sectors.”

“We view our relationship with UH Mānoa as critical to developing the talent necessary to address the national security challenges of the future,” said Mole. “In addition to helping military and civilian employees improve their language skills, UH Mānoa is collaborating with us on cutting edge research, and they are training the next generation of cybersecurity experts.”

UH Mānoa has trained nearly 275 NSA employees in a specialized cohort program in Korean and Chinese in the past five years. The intensive six-week courses improve skills in language and culture, and can yield up to 16 credits toward a college degree. More than 60 UH Mānoa graduates currently work at NSA.

Learn more about the partnership at the NSA featured schools website.