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APEC, Hawaii and Vietnam

UH President Greenwood addressing APEC workshop in Hanoi

In addition to meeting alumni and addressing preliminary meetings and workshops to the APEC summit in Honolulu next month, my trip to Vietnam has afforded opportunities to remind our Vietnamese hosts of Hawaiʻi’s unparalleled position bridging East and West, both culturally and geographically. Above, I am addressing an APEC workshop in Hanoi. Below, Shidler College of Business Professor Tung Bui showed UH Foundation President Donna Vuchinich and me around the college’s popular Vietnam Executive MBA program, which was featured recently in Mālamalama magazine.

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UH President Greenwood promotes Hawaii in Vietnam

Discussing collaboration with Hue University

Tung Bui, MRC Greenwood, Nyugen Van Toan at Hue University

We have now moved to Hue. Here Professor Tung Bui and I are meeting with the distinguished President Nyugen Van Toan. We also visited with Professor Chien who leads their Learning Center and with a graduate of our Vietnam EMBA program who is an executive in the center.

After an excellent discussion about possible future collaborations in international affairs we exchanged gifts. We were well hosted by these excellent colleagues.

Hue is an ancient Vietnam city with a national heritage site, the Citadel (Hue Imperial City). In the afternoon we visited both the Citadel and the Royal Tombs of Hue.

Thoughts from Vietnam

Around 120 business leaders and government officials including representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President’s office gathered at Thang Long Ballroom, Melia Hotel in the center of Hanoi on October 4 for an impressive dialogue on how to expand investment and trade and to reduce barriers to businesses through the upcoming APEC Forum in Honolulu in November. The informational seminar, APEC 2011—Exploring New Opportunities for Vietnam, was sponsored and organized by the APEC 2011 Hawaiʻi Host Committee, National Committee for International Economic Cooperation of Vietnam, Foreign Trade University, APEC Study Center, University of Hawaiʻi and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was great to be a part of such stimulating discussion.

Hoang Van Chau and M.R.C. Greenwood

I also had a chance to meet and visit with Foreign Trade University President Hoang Van Chau (left), who leads what many refer to as ”The Harvard of Vietnam.“

A group of us, including some UH alumni posed at the main entry to campus (below).

UH graduates are everywhere throughout Asia and Southeast Asia!

It is rewarding to see our students serving their home countries and peoples.

More to come from Vietnam…

Group standing by outdoor sign

From left with President Greenwood, UH Shidler Vietnam EMBA Director Tung Bui, MBA alumna Pham Thi Hong Yen, FTU President Hoang Van Chau, UH Foundation President Donna Vuchinich, UH alumna DaoThi Thu Ha and Tho Dinh Nguyen

The Sky is the Limit

It was my honor to address the recent Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference annual gathering on the island of Maui. One of the topics I covered was the continuing need to open science and related fields to more women. We’ve come a long way, but we could always be better in this area! Here’s an excerpt:

M.R.C. Greenwood at podium

“Sixty percent of the undergraduates in colleges and universities across the nation today are women. In many fields, they exceed the number of men. Although the numbers may still lag in astronomy and related disciplines, it is clear that if we want to maintain and continue to build upon our level of expertise in science and technology in the future, we must successfully engage females in the scientific fields. It is gratifying that here in Hawaiʻi we have leading programs that reach out and draw women and girls into the sciences, such as Maui’s Women in Technology Project and others. We need to recognize these trends will continue to increase, and we must continue to plan for these societal shifts or we will fall behind.”

Read the speech.

Parvin Fellows observe PBS Hawaiʻi panel

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Parvin Fellows, from left, Guo Likun, Zhao Lina, Hu Yongqi, Cai Muyan, Peng Yining and, far right, Nie Xiaoyang with President Greenwood and Professor Kato

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor of Journalism Gerald Kato brought six visiting Chinese journalists, the 2011–12 class of Parvin Fellows, to the PBS Hawaiʻi studio recently. Insights on PBS Hawaiʻi, with host Dan Boylan, featured a live, one hour call-in dialogue focusing on the University of Hawaiʻi and the latest exciting activities on our 10 campuses. Joining me as Dan’s guests were UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni, UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻinuiākea College of Hawaiian Knowledge Dean Maenette Benham, and it was a lively and engaging hour! You can watch the show online at (the show was on at the same time as Wahine Volleyball!). The journalists from China are here to learn more about American media and culture, and they sat in on our live program to see how U.S. television works. It was a pleasure to meet them and to have the live studio audience as well!

Seeds of Service

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From left in American Savings Bank t-shirts, executives Kaulana Park, Terence Yeh, Kimmie Park, Natalie Taniguchi and Dustin Matsudaira join Mānoa student life director Jan Javinar and the presdient

Mānoa’s annual pre-semester spruce up got a little help thanks to our friends at American Savings Bank, which has a branch on campus.

Volunteering as part of the bank’s Seeds of Service program to invest “sweat equity” in local schools and non-profit organizations, bank employees joined Mānoa students and staff in the sixth annual campus beautification project.

Mary Walshok and the San Diego experience

Mary Walshok gesturing while talking to a man

Mary Walshok talking with RCUH Executive Director Michael Hamnett

Member of President Greenwood’s Council on Science and Technology Mary Walshok of San Diego Connect was in town to speak to the Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable and other key corporate supporters about how the city of San Diego and specifically the University of California at San Diego helped build from scratch a strong and vibrant partnership between the business community and their institution of public higher education.

Mary helped lead the effort to develop a common sense of purpose and to revitalize a stalled economy there, lessons we could certainly put to use in the islands! As a major institution with a presence on all islands, what a role UH could play in this collective activity!

You can download Mary’s PowerPoint presentation at UH’s Innovation Initiative webpage.

Higher education conference convenes

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College accrediting agency official Ralph Wolff, Vice President Linda Johnsrud and Chancellor Rota on arrival for the conference

The University of Hawaiʻi was honored to be chosen by APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation) and the U.S. State Department to host the officially sanctioned APEC Higher Education Conference August 4–6, hosting delegates from the education ministry and other high-level government officials from 20 of the 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. delegate to the APEC Higher Education Conference, was among the first day’s keynote presenters. Delegates considered the theme of the conference, Quality in Higher Education and what that means to colleges and universities in their home countries, among other topics related to their higher educational systems.

Read more about the conference.

New science building for Hilo campus

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Gerald De Mello and Donald Straney with M.R.C. Greenwood and Mary Wolshak

group of people inside building

From left, university officials Randy Hirokawa, Gerald De Mello, M.R.C. Greenwood and Donald Straney; student Ashlee Kalauli; Mayor Billy Kenoi; Gov. Neil Abercrombie; Senators Gilbert Kahele and Malama Solomon; Rep. Jerry Chang; Chancellor Emeritus Rose Tseng

During the blessing for UH Hilo’s new Science and Technology building, I shared the inspiring testimony of a Native Hawaiian Big Island student who wants to be an astronomer.

Read my remarks. For more about the facility, read the news release.