I am in Washington, D.C. attending the APLU (Association of Public Land Grant Universities) Summer Council of Presidents meeting. The council presented me with a Waterford Crystal award for my service to the APLU executive meeting. I served as chair-elect this year and would have moved to chair if I had not retired as University of Hawaiʻi President. To my knowledge, this is the first time anyone from the UH has served on APLU‘s executive committee.
After an exciting and productive week in Indonesia, UH Mānoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and I took a flight to Manila.
The city was teeming with cars, people and lights. It took some time to reach the hotel, and by then we were ready for some rest.
On Monday morning, we began a very intense set of meetings with our Philippine colleagues. We began with a meeting at the Asia Pacific Bank. We met there with Stephen Groff, Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific at Asian Development Bank, and James Nugent, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank. We discussed areas of common interest in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, especially on higher education and capacity-building initiatives in the region.
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Our work in Indonesia continues during a very eventful second day.
I’m currently traveling in Indonesia with a UH delegation that includes College of Arts and Sciences Dean Denise Konan and Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng. Here are some details and pictures of this very productive trip, which has exceeded our expectations in many ways.
More updates coming soon!
The University of Hawaiʻi System’s Pearl Iboshi took part in a White House Symposium called iCount: Equity Through Representation, on June 6, 2013.
Iboshi is director of the UH System’s Institutional Research and Analysis Office and was invited to join a dynamic group of data specialists, education policy experts, foundation partners and high-level federal officials at the symposium to identify the barriers, challenges, and obstacles to achieving educational equity. The group also discussed best practices, systems and solutions.
The White House says it is working to achieve educational equity in the face of our nation’s increasingly diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student population, which is a critical civil rights issue of our time. iCount is ensuring that every single student is counted and the diversity of the multi-faceted AAPI student population is identified.
Learn more about this important issue and the work of the participants: Asian groups, White House seek better race data (Associated Press, Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
We are hosting the presidents of 15 state colleges and universities in the Philippines this week. They are taking an Executive Course in Education Management and Leadership and are learning from the experiences of foreign universities, including the University of Hawaiʻi.
The Development Academy of the Philippines says it selected UH as one of the learning sites because of the strength of our system approach and the key strengths of the university.
The educational leaders are especially interested in our contribution to Hawaiʻi’s economy and research, how we improved education delivery and access across the state and our marine and agriculture programs and community college innovation. They are also interested in the East-West Center and the Philippine Consulate.