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University of Hawai'i

This article is about the University of Hawaii system. For the flagship campus at Manoa, see University of Hawaii at Manoa.
University of Hawaii System
Seal of the University of Hawaii System
Motto Ma luna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Hawaiian)
Motto in English Above all nations is humanity
Established 1907
Type Public University System flagship
Endowment $175.9 million[1]
President David Lassner (interim)
Students 50,310
Location United States University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Honolulu
, Hawaii
Campus 3 Campuses, 7 Community Colleges, 5 research centers, 3 University Centers, 4 education centers
Affiliations ASAIHL
Website www.hawaii.edu

The University of Hawaii System, formally the University of Hawaii and popularly known as UH, is a public, co-educational college and university system that confers associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees through three university campuses, seven community college campuses, an employment training center, three university centers, four education centers and various other research facilities distributed across six islands throughout the state of Hawaii in the United States. All schools of the University of Hawaii system are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The system's main administrative offices are located on the property of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu CDP.[2][3][4]

Colleges and universities

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, founded as a land grant college under the terms of the Morrill Act of 1862 for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts in the United States, is the flagship institution of the University of Hawaii system. It is well respected for its programs in Hawaiian/Pacific Studies, Astronomy, East Asian Languages and Literature, Asian Studies, Comparative Philosophy, Marine Science, Second Language Studies, along with Botany, Engineering, Ethnomusicology, Geophysics, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics, and Medicine. The second-largest institution is the University of Hawaii at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, with over 3,000 students. The smaller University of Hawaii-West Oahu in Kapolei primarily serves students who reside on Honolulu's western and central suburban communities. The University of Hawaii Community College system comprises four campuses on Oahu and one each on Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii. The schools were created to improve accessibility of courses to more Hawaii residents and provide an affordable means of easing the transition from high school to college for many students. University of Hawaii education centers are located in more remote areas of the state, supporting rural communities via distance education.

Universities

Colleges

  • University of Hawaii - Maui College

Community colleges

Professional schools

Research facilities

University centers

  • University of Hawaii Center West Hawaii
  • University of Hawaii Center Kauai
  • University of Hawaii Center Maui

Education centers

  • Molokai Education Center
  • Lanai Education Center
  • Hana Education Center
  • Waianae Education Center
  • Lahaina Education Center

Demographics

In the entire University of Hawaii system, there are approximately 50,317 students of which 44,122 are undergraduates. On average, the student body is 42% male and 58% female. 20% are Caucasian, 20% are Japanese, 15% are Filipino, 13% are Hawaiian or part Hawaiian and 32% are from other ethnicities. 89% of the professors reside in Hawaii while 6% are from the United States mainland. A total of 616 programs are offered throughout the University of Hawaii system with 123 devoted for bachelor's degrees, 92 for master's degrees, 53 for doctoral degrees, 3 for first professional degrees, 4 for post baccalaureate degrees, 115 for associate's degrees and various other certifications.

University seal

The University seal contains a torch and a book titled Mālamalama (the light of knowledge) in the center of a circular map of the Pacific, surrounded by the state motto, Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono ("The life of the land is perpetuated in (by) righteousness".) The University motto, inscribed in both the Hawaiian and English languages on Founders' Gate at the Mānoa campus is Ma luna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola o ke kanaka ("Above all nations is humanity").

Board of Regents

In accordance with Article X, Section 6 of the Hawaii State Constitution, the University of Hawaii system is governed by a Board of Regents, composed of 15 unpaid members who are nominated by a Regents Candidate Advisory Council, appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the state legislature. The Board oversees all aspects of governance for the university system, including its internal structure and management. The board also appoints, evaluates, and if necessary removes the President of the University of Hawaii.[5]

Student regents

The University's governing board includes a current student appointed by the Governor of Hawaii to serve a two-year term as a full voting regent. The practice of appointing a student to the Board was approved by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1997.

Notable alumni

Alumni of the University of Hawaii system include many notable persons in various walks of life. Senator Daniel Inouye and Tammi Duckworth both are veterans of the US military who were injured during in the line of duty then later entered government service. Bette Midler and Georgia Engel are successful entertainers on the national stage. President Barack Obama's parents, Barack Obama, Sr., and S. Ann Dunham, and half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, also earned degrees from the Mānoa campus, where his parents met in a Russian language class. His mother earned three degrees from the University of Hawaii including a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Jason Tom is Hawaii's premier beatboxer, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and mentor. He founded the Human Beatbox Academy, Hawaii's first beatbox school, to reach out to Hawaii's youth and communities.[6][7] Jason has performed for TEDxHonolulu conferences in 2009 and 2011.[8][9] He was also a First Thursdays' Hawaii Slam 2012 Grand Poetry Slam Finalist.[10] His YouTube video dubbed "Jason Tom from Hawaii" went number one on the Beatbox Battle TV network (the world's largest beatboxing archive).[11][12]

Notable faculty

The University of Hawaii system has had many faculty members of note. Many were visiting faculty or came after they won major awards like Nobel Laureate Dr. Georg von Békésy. Dr. Ryuzo Yanagimachi, principal investigator of the research group that developed a method of cloning from adult animal cells, is still on the faculty.

See also

Further reading

References

External links

  • University of Hawaii System
  • University of Hawaii Athletics
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