Dec 022016
 

The agreement is a natural partnership to work collaboratively in a wide range of fields: business, pharmacy, traditional medicine, disaster resilience, technology, and sustainability.

By Don Straney.

The University of Hawai‘i System has entered into a formal agreement with the Tsuzuki Education Group to advance collaborative education and research with several universities in Japan. Last month I traveled with UH President David Lassner to Fukuoka, Japan, where the group is based, to sign the agreement. Dean of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Carolyn Ma joined us on the trip.

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Seated with Carolyn Ma, dean of UH Hilo College of Pharmacy, in front of group from the Yokohama University of Pharmacy. Location: Totsuka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Courtesy photo, click to enlarge.

The Tsuzuki Education Group includes more than 20 private universities and colleges, as well as high school and middle schools, in multiple locations across Japan.

The agreement is a continuation of a 35-year relationship between Hawaiʻi and Fukuoka, established by former Governor George Ariyoshi, whose father came from Fukuoka Prefecture.

The agreement under Gov. Ariyoshi was Hawaiʻi’s first sister-state international relationship, and it was a perfect choice given that we are island communities with deep familial, cultural and economic connections between us.

Fukuoka City is now designated as an Innovation Hub for Japan, which parallels nicely to the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative where UH is working with the private sector and government to build an innovation, research, education and training enterprise in Hawai‘i.

It’s within this context that the new agreement with the Tsuzuki Education Group is a natural partnership, building on the longstanding relationship between Fukuoka and Hawai‘i  to work collaboratively on common, modern challenges in a wide range of fields: business, pharmacy, traditional medicine, disaster resilience, technology, and sustainability.

This new system-to-system partnership builds on already existing agreements between UH Hilo and Tsuzuki including exchange programs with the Yokohama University of Pharmacy and Japan University of Economics.

UH Hilo’s Conference Center is already arranging study trips for Japanese students. Representatives from Yokohama University of Pharmacy came to visit us here and we put together a series of short visits for students—Japan students can see how we do things and vice versa for our students. We hope now to expand these types of exchange opportunities for students both ways.

The trip to Japan

The following video highlighting the research and academic strengths of the UH System was presented at the celebration of Tsuzuki Educational Group’s 60th anniversary during our trip. This is the English version:

During our trip, Carolyn Ma and I visited the different campuses and pharmacy facilities to look at ways we could establish and expand research exchanges and collaborations.

The pharmacy schools in Japan are researching traditional medicines, which dovetails nicely with the research being done on natural products at our pharmacy college.

Three campuses in Japan are working on business and economic issues—faculty there are very interested in the impact of Japanese tourism and are doing innovative work on economic development. Our new dean of the College of Business and Economics, Drew Martin, will be traveling to Japan to discuss different opportunities to collaborate on programs of benefit to both Japan and Hawai‘i.

Another area of shared interest is with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for data collection—we can share strategies for approaching challenges such as natural disaster response, collecting geographic data, and mapping areas such as agricultural lands and conservation areas.

I’m excited about the education and research opportunities this partnership will bring as we work together through collaborations with faculty and students to create a better future of mutual benefit for both the people of Japan and Hawai‘i.

For photos from the trip and more information, visit the post on my blog: Chancellor Straney visits universities in Japan.

Aloha,

Don Straney

Nov 182016
 

Students will have the opportunity to explore indigenous ways of knowing and ideas of health and well-being through various platforms.

EVENT: I Ala Mauliola Indigenous Health and Wellness Student Symposium.
DATE: Dec. 2, 2016.
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: University Classroom Building, room 127, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (campus map).

Free and open the UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College communities.

Summary

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Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele. Photo: flicker

Students will have the opportunity to explore indigenous ways of knowing and ideas of health and well-being through various platforms including:

  • Kipaepae Wehena (opening ceremony).
  • Keynote: Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele.
  • Student Panel.
  • Faculty Panel.
  • Off-Campus Huakai (excursions).
  • Hoe Wa‘a (paddling): Ola Kino.
  • Loko Ia (fishpond work): Kane i ka Wai Ola.
  • Forest Restoration: ‘Āina Ola.

It is preferred that participants attend the full-day of the event, however, other arrangements are possible.

Register

Register online.

Contact

Yolisa Duley.

Sponsors

Sponsored by Mokaulele Program, the Office of the Chancellor at UH Hilo and the Office of the Chancellor at Hawai‘i CC. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Grant. Co-sponsored by the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center.

Nov 182016
 

Message from the UH Hilo Diversity Committee:

Aloha kākou

zach

Zach Street

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Diversity Committee is pleased to announce our Spring 2017 call for proposals for the UH Hilo Diversity Funds. Information regarding the funding opportunity, as well as the application form, can be found here.

Proposals for Spring 2017 must be submitted by Dec. 1, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

UH Hilo Diversity Funds are awarded on a competitive basis.

Dana-Lynn Ko‘omoa-Lange

Dana-Lynn Ko‘omoa-Lange

Please submit to:
The UH Hilo Chancellor’s Office
Attn: Dana-Lynn Ko‘omoa-Lange and Zach Street, UH Hilo Diversity Committee.

Or via email to Dana-Lynn Ko‘omoa-Lange.

More information can be found at this link.

Mahalo,

Zach, Dana and the UH Hilo Diversity Committee

Nov 042016
 

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Don Straney is in Japan this week.

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Seated in front of group from the Yokohama University of Pharmacy are Carolyn Ma, dean and associate professor at the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy, and Don Straney, chancellor. Location: Totsuka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Courtesy photos, click to enlarge.

UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Carolyn Ma are in Japan this week. Among other activities, they visited Yokohama University of Pharmacy and Nihon University.

UH Hilo holds an exchange agreement with Yokohama University. The agreement allows UH Hilo students to train with an approved licensed pharmacist in Japan, and in turn, students in Japan can come to UH Hilo to earn their academic requirements.

More photos, click to enlarge:

Touring lab.

Touring lab.

 

Touring simulation room.

Touring simulation room.

 

At Nihon University

At Nihon University, a private research university in Japan.

Nov 022016
 

UH and the Tsuzuki Education Group entered a formal agreement on Nov. 1 to advance collaborative education and research.

UH President David Lassner participates in part of the signing ceremony.

UH President David Lassner participates in part of the signing ceremony.

University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner, UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney, and more than 800 invited guests including educational leaders from Japan and Europe, Japanese government officials and representatives from Japanese industries, attended ceremonies in Japan for a formal collaborative agreement yesterday.

UH and the Tsuzuki Education Group entered a formal agreement on Nov. 1 to advance collaborative education and research. The Tsuzuki Education Group includes more than 20 private universities and colleges in multiple locations across Japan.

Through the agreement, any part of the UH System may build on the initial relationships developed by UH Hilo to expand Hawaiʻi-Japan student exchange programs with Tsuzuki campuses and explore compelling initiatives across a wide range of interests such as business, pharmacy, traditional medicine, disaster resilience, technology, volcanology and sustainability.

President Lassner signed the memorandum of understanding with Tsuzuki Chancellor Kimiko Tsuzuki at a ceremony in Fukuoka, Japan. The signing ceremony was a highlight of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Tsuzuki Educational Group’s founding.

“Besides our deep cultural and economic connections, both Hawaiʻi and Japan are island communities,” says Lassner. “We share many common challenges and opportunities to create a better future that we can address together through collaborations with our faculty and students.”

This new system-to-system partnership builds on agreements between UH Hilo and Tsuzuki including exchange programs with the Yokohama University of Pharmacy and Japan University of Economics.

Chancellor Straney is continuing to meet with Tsuzuki officials and campuses to explore further opportunities for collaboration for UH Hilo and other UH campuses.

The partnership is also a new chapter in the relationship between Hawaiʻi and Fukuoka, where the Tsuzuki Educational Group is based. Spearheaded by former Governor George Ariyoshi, whose father came from Fukuoka prefecture, the Hawaiʻi-Fukuoka partnership was established 35 years ago as Hawaiʻi’s first sister-state international relationship.

 

-Adapted from UH System News

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