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New master's and B.A. degrees established at UH Hilo

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Date: Monday, February 4, 2002
Contact: Dr. Bill Chen, (808) 974-7707

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents (BOR) recently announced the establishment of a Master of Arts Degree in China-U.S. Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. The announcements were made at the Board's monthly meeting held January 18, 2002 on O'ahu.

"The master's program in China-U.S. Relations has been developed to build on existing strengths of the University, as well as a long-standing academic relationship between UH Hilo and Peking (Beijing) University," said UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng.

"It provides an academic foundation for the proposed China-U.S. Center at UH Hilo, a unique cooperative partnership between business and academic interests in both Taiwan and the Peoples Republic of China."

Based on surveys and discussions in the Peoples Republic of China and Taiwan, the UH Hilo administration is confident of significant Chinese student participation in this program. Initially, 6-10 Chinese students are expected per year, growing to 15-20 per year within five years.

The BOR also established a B.A. in Administration of Justice at UH Hilo's College of Arts and Sciences. The program has existed at UH Hilo as a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Administrative Justice. This new development will drop the Liberal Studies designation and approve the program as a B.A. The program is designed to prepare graduates for entry into professions associated with the administration of justice, including, but not limited to, law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, and law. It is also designed to qualify those already in these professions (except law) for promotion to supervisory positions, as most state law enforcement and corrections positions require such a degree for promotion.

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