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Chancellor Straney visits universities in Japan

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

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.
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Chancellor in Japan, attends ceremonies for new UH international agreement with Tsuzuki Education Group

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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2016 Chancellor’s Scholars announced

Fifteen students from public and private high schools in Hawai‘i have been awarded the prestigious 2016 Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Hilo sealThe 2016 recipients and their high schools:

  • Brooke Adamson, Hawai‘i Technology Academy
  • Keion Anderson, Leilehua High
  • Kateleen Caye Bio, Maui High
  • Lucas DeRego, Kamehameha Schools – Hawai‘i Island
  • Savannah Directo, Kea‘au High
  • Orion Friels, Kealakehe High
  • Kristie Hirai, Mililani High
  • Austin Inouye, Kaimuki High
  • Kristen Ishii, Mililani High
  • Yukio Ishii, Kamehameha Schools – Hawai‘i Island
  • Mary Kealaiki, Kea‘au High
  • Lorelei Taylor Padasdao, Kea‘au High
  • Jodie Tokihiro, Waiakea High
  • Zoe Whitney, Maui High
  • Ivana Yoon, Waiakea High

Valued in excess of $26,500, the award covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawai‘i high school who earned either a grade point average of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

All Chancellor Scholars are required to enroll as full-time students and earn a minimum of 24 credits each academic year. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community services with other Chancellor Scholars.

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Chancellor Straney visits students at the UH Foundation call center

The annual UH Foundation Fall Calling Campaign began this month.

Chancellor Straney visits with students at the UH Foundation call center on O‘ahu.

Chancellor Don Straney recently visited the UH Foundation call center on O‘ahu to visit with student fundraisers and share information about the various programs and activities at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The annual UH Foundation Fall Calling Campaign began this month.

Chancellor Straney encourages the UH community to donate and support UH Hilo.

For more information, contact Dale Hagadone at the UH Foundation.

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UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC awarded $3.9 million for cooperative Native Hawaiian program

The purpose of the project is to promote and sustain a Hawaiian worldview on the UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College campuses.

Campuses across the University of Hawaiʻi System will receive grants for the Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Program totaling about $6 million a year from the U.S. Department of Education for an anticipated five years. The five year total for the eight grants is more than $31 million.

These funds will be used for priority projects that fit within the University of Hawaiʻi’s Strategic Directions and individual campus mission goals. Federal legislation mandates that these federal grants must be specific to campuses.

David Lassner
David Lassner

“These awards are a credit to our hard working, dedicated faculty and staff across the UH system who are working collaboratively to advance the University of Hawaiʻi’s goal of becoming a model indigenous serving institution. We also thank our congressional delegation for their critical support of Native Hawaiian education,” says UH President David Lassner.

UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC cooperative award

Donald Straney
Donald Straney

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, in a cooperative award with Hawaiʻi Community College, will receive $3,984,894 over five years for UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC Cooperative Arrangement Development Grant.

Donald Straney, chancellor at UH Hilo, is principal investigator. Co-investigator is Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, an assistant professor and coordinator at Hawaiʻi CC.

The purpose of the project is to promote and sustain a Hawaiian worldview in the UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC campuses’ environments, programs, services and leadership to increase the success of Native Hawaiian students. Faculty will be the focus of this cooperative arrangement development grant.

Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani
Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleo- haililani

The three grant activities proposed are building capacity through leadership development, strengthening campus and community engagement, and facilitating Hawaiian language, culture and knowledge learning pathways.

To learn about other grants awarded throughout the UH System, see story at UH System News.

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