The APDR3 delegation visit the Sultan of Yogyakarta’s Keraton Palace. The palace became a refuge after the 2010 Mount Merapi eruption. We learned about community resilience and cultural preservation measures.
The APDR3 delegation studies laharic (mud and debris) flows from the Mount Merapi eruptions. Gadjah Mada University representatives describe a multidisciplinary program developed in conjunction with the University of Hawai’i’s Pacific Disaster Center, to support early warning systems that combine the latest technologies with community practices. Such partnerships and concepts have been the central focus of discussion of this week’s APDR3 Symposium in Indonesia.
President Greenwood rides a traditional becak, or rickshaw, during her visit to Indonesia, where she and the APDR3 delegation are learning about urban resilience practices.
UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng and the APDR3 delegation visit major infrastructure interventions by Indonesia’s Central Government. The project reduces the risk of landslides from laharic (mud and debris) flows from Mount Merapi. The local government has also worked with the community to develop early warning and monitoring systems.
The APDR3 delegation poses at a lahar flow site. This visit highlighted partnerships between the government and the communities.
Communities welcome the APDR3 delegation to the upper slopes of Mount Merapi. The community has developed sophisticated early warning systems and evacuation plans that coordinate with scientists from Gadjah Mada University. We sampled snakefruit, guava, oranges and other local treats from a recent harvest.
UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng speaks to a small village on the slopes of Mount Merapi, where she commends the community on the impressive efforts it has made to create disaster risk reduction plans.
UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng talks to the local media at a small village on the slopes of Mount Merapi. She discusses the sophistication of community resilience efforts that have stretched across various disciplines to reduce disaster risk.
Standing in the ruins of an old palace that was devastated by the 1867 earthquake. Indonesia experiences about a third of all high casualty earthquakes in the world. The site visit was the centerpiece for a discussion on coping mechanisms, natural hazards and building resilience.
A local government official and the APDR3 delegation discuss expanding efforts to build resilience at the ruins of past natural disasters.
UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and the APDR3 delegation enjoy a Ramayana performance in the courtyard of a 9th century temple.
Me and the APDR3 delegation conclude their urban resilience tour outside the old entrance to the Taman Sari Palace, one of the key symbols of the Yogyakarta Sultanate.
Associate Professor of Engineering at UH Manoa, Roger Babcock, tries his hand at batik, a traditional wax print method that has gained widespread popularity in Hawai’i and the world.
I led a discussion on bilateral cooperation and enhancing collaboration opportunities with the Rector of Gadjah Mada University, one of Indonesia’s largest and most prestigious universities.
I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gadjah Mada University Rector Pratikno, to enhance cooperation and exchange between the University of Hawai’i and Gadjah Mada University.
UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan shakes hands with Gadjah Mada University’s Dean of Economics, to mark enhanced cooperation and exchange between the universities.
Here we are fielding media questions from Indonesian reporters. UH Manoa College of Education professor Maya Soetoro-Ng, UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan, UH Manoa College of Arts and Humanities Dean Peter Arnade, Gadjah Mada University’s Vice Rector Dwikorita Karnawati and I answered questions about bilateral cooperation and APDR3 Symposium events.
I am joined by Gadjah Mada Rector Pratikno and Maya Soetoro-Ng as we address an auditorium full of students. Maya Soetoro-Ng also gave the crowd a wonderful lecture entitled Education for Peace.
Maya Soetoro-Ng and I toured the Gadjah Mada University Museum, which was once faculty housing that hosted UH alumna Ann Dunham Soetoro and her children, Maya Soetoro-Ng and U.S. President Barack Obama.
Maya Soetoro-Ng looks at a tribute to her brother Barack Obama in a room that he stayed in as a child. The home once belonged to the person who was instrumental in creating the vision for Gadjah Mada University.
Maya Soetoro-Ng meets with the Governor of Papua province to discuss future collaboration in education.
I also had the pleasure of meeting with the Governor and First Lady of Papua province to discuss future educational collaboration.
Maya Soetoro-Ng and I join Gadjah Mada University’s faculty for a photo at the opening of their new museum. The museum was built at a home that Soetoro-Ng and her brother U.S. President Barack Obama often stayed at during their childhood.
Maya Soetoro-Ng discusses education with the Governor, legislature and regency heads of Papua province.
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!
Speaking to more than 500 students at the Islamic University of Indonesia about new initiatives in the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency(APDR3) network and its role in building resilience. I highlighted the growing partnership between the University of Hawai’i and the Islamic University of Indonesia.
With UH Manoa assistant professor Maya Soetoro-Ng and UH Manoa Dean of the College of Social Sciences Denise Konan, discussing the expanding partnership in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience with Rector Edy Suandi Hamid and Mochamad Teguh, Dean of Civil Engineering and Planning at Islamic University of Indonesia.
The UH delegation and APDR3 Network team at the Islamic University of Indonesia where Maya Soetoro-Ng addressed more than 500 post-graduate students. As part of the theme Education for Peace, Soetoro-Ng discussed tolerance and place-based education, values that she says she learned during her youth in Yogyakarta.
Dean Denise Konan speaks to UH Manoa and Islamic University of Indonesia faculty. Participants explored further opportunities to expand educational relationships.
UH Manoa Professor of Economics Nori Tarui leads a discussion on expanding international educational partnerships with faculty from the Islamic University of Indonesia.
Our delegation at the Pustakasala Museum within the Islamic University of Indonesia library. The museum holds an ancient Buddhist temple that is more than a thousand years old and discovered beneath 10 feet of earth during the construction of UII’s library in 2009. The temple is adorned with intricate designs that were buried during a volcanic eruption long ago. UII decided to restore the archaeological find and incorporated the feature as a museum within the library.
Denise Konan and members of the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency network (APDR3) discuss initiatives with local microfinance institutions to support local farmers. The 2010 Mount Merapi volcanic eruption created the impetus for designing innovative financial systems to develop resilience mechanisms in the event of disasters such as volcanic eruptions.
Denise Konan talks to a snake fruit farmer from the slopes of Mount Merapi. The APDR3 network team examined the impact of the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.
With Maya Soetoro-Ng, Denise Konan, other UH officials and the APDR3 network delegation at Gadjah Mada University where we enjoyed student performances of Acehnese Saman dance and a scene from the Ramayana. The University of Hawaiʻi and Gadjah Mada University are looking to develop exchange programs and seek opportunities for supporting Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience initiatives under the APDR3 network.
With APDR3 delegates and officials from the Islamic University of Indonesia listening to a presentation about successful resettlement programs dedicated to relocating villagers from communities that were badly impacted by the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.
Traveling with Maya Soetoro-Ng to Pagar Jurang village to hear stories about communities that were rebuilt after the volcanic eruptions. These site visits provide context for this week’s Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (APDR3) Symposium in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Visiting resettled villagers affected by the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.
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.
The University of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Island community broke ground on the long anticipated Hawaiʻi Community College Pālamanui in Kona on May 28. It was a proud moment considering Pālamanui was first conceived of more than two decades ago and has been in the planning stages since 2004.
West Hawaiʻi is the only major community without a permanent higher education facility. Pālamanui will be the first permanent, physical University of Hawaiʻi campus in the area. This is a powerful example of our mission to make higher education accessible to all communities in the state.
Our new campus will be a state-of-the-art, energy independent campus with a large photovoltaic system. The first phase will include 24,000 square feet of classroom space, learning kitchens, science labs, library and learning commons.
There are so many people to thank, but a special thanks goes to Jim Lally, who has been a great friend of Pālamanui and has believed in us from the beginning. He knew that a community college in West Hawaiʻi would plant the seeds for something much larger.
So let’s think of this as a commencement. We have just completed the commencement season, so let’s think of this as our commencement from planning to doing. There is a great deal of work yet to be done before we complete our PhD. Let’s do it!
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.
We presented a congratulatory plaque to outgoing Vice President for Student Affairs and University and Community Relations and incoming UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas on May 1, his first official day in his new position.
I nominated Freitas and the Board of Regents approved the nomination this spring. He is the first Native Hawaiian to serve as chancellor of a four-year university in the state of Hawaiʻi and the nation.
I had a wonderful experience speaking to the Coast Guard Diversity and Women’s Leadership group on April 9. They invited me to speak at a luncheon celebrating Women’s History Month.
The theme was near and dear to my heart: “Women inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” It was an honor to share my personal journey and perspective on being a woman in a leadership position in the scientific community.
I also really enjoyed the videos of the Kalani High School and Sacred Hearts robotics teams competing in the national championships. It was great to meet the students and I invited them to take a tour of our new Cancer Center so they can see, first hand, state-of-the-art, scientific and research laboratories.
Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.
UH Day 2013
Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.
UH Day 2013
A curious youngster studying an anatomical model alongside President M.R.C. Greenwood and staff of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at the John. A. Burns School of Medicine.
UH Day 2013
President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.
UH Day 2013
President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.
UH Day 2013
State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.
UH Day 2013
Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.
UH Day 2013
A baton twirler, cheerleaders and musicians from the UH Band kicked off UH Day with a mini pep rally.
We had a wonderful time at UH Day at the State Capitol, where various University of Hawaiʻi programs were on hand to promote this year’s theme Healthy People, Healthy Pets.
Quite a few legislators participated in UH Day, including Senate Education Chairwoman Jill Tokuda, Senator Mike Gabbard and Representative Mark Takai. Governor Abercrombie brought his dog Kanoa to get checked out by Windward Community College’s veterinary technician students. He also visited with two newborn lambs that were part of the Windward exhibit.
UH Hilo offered blood pressure checks and information on it’s excellent program, Kapiʻolani Community College offered a variety of services, including balance tests with the physical therapy assistant program and flossing, brushing and other demonstrations by its health sciences, nursing and emergency medical programs. UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources offered advice on nutrition, wellness, diet, exercise and childhood obesity. The John A. Burns School of Medicine featured members of the family medicine and community health program and the Center for Native Hawaiian Excellence, who were on hand to provide blood pressure tests and information on illness prevention. The UH Cancer Center featured a Jeopardy Game consisting of health questions with prizes to boot!
UH Day was part of Education Week at the State Legislature, organized by Senator Tokuda. It was a good and educational time for all!