University of Hawaii
|Motto||Ma luna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Hawaiian)|
Motto in English
|Above all nations is humanity|
|Type||Public University System flagship|
|Location||University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
|Campus||3 Campuses, 7 Community Colleges, 5 research centers, 3 University Centers, 4 education centers|
The University of Hawaiʻi System, formally the University of Hawaiʻi and popularly known as UH, is a public, co-educational college and university system that confers associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees through three university campuses, seven community college campuses, an employment training center, three university centers, four education centers and various other research facilities distributed across six islands throughout the state of Hawaiʻi in the United States. All schools of the University of Hawaiʻi system are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The system's main administrative offices are located on the property of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu CDP.
- 1 Colleges and universities
- 2 Demographics
- 3 University seal
- 4 Board of Regents
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 Notable faculty
- 7 See also
- 8 Further reading
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Colleges and universities
The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, founded as a land grant college under the terms of the Morrill Act of 1862 for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts in the United States, is the flagship institution of the University of Hawaiʻi system. It is well respected for its programs in Hawaiian/Pacific Studies, Astronomy, East Asian Languages and Literature, Asian Studies, Comparative Philosophy, Marine Science, Second Language Studies, along with Botany, Engineering, Ethnomusicology, Geophysics, Law, Business, Linguistics, Mathematics, and Medicine. The second-largest institution is the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, with over 3,000 students. The smaller University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu in Kapolei primarily serves students who reside on Honolulu's western and central suburban communities. The University of Hawaiʻi Community College system comprises four campuses on Oʻahu and one each on Maui, Kauaʻi, and Hawaiʻi. The schools were created to improve accessibility of courses to more Hawaiʻi residents and provide an affordable means of easing the transition from high school to college for many students. University of Hawaiʻi education centers are located in more remote areas of the state, supporting rural communities via distance education.
- Hawaiʻi Community College
- Honolulu Community College
- Kapiʻolani Community College
- Kauaʻi Community College
- Leeward Community College
- Windward Community College
- Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
- School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
- John A. Burns School of Medicine
- William S. Richardson School of Law
- Shidler College of Business
- Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi
- East-West Center
- Haleakalā Observatory
- Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute
- Institute for Astronomy
- Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
- Institute of Marine Biology
- Lyon Arboretum
- Mauna Kea Observatory
- W. M. Keck Observatory
- Waikīkī Aquarium
- University of Hawaiʻi Center West Hawaiʻi
- University of Hawaiʻi Center Kauaʻi
- University of Hawaiʻi Center Maui
- Molokaʻi Education Center
- Lānaʻi Education Center
- Hana Education Center
- Waiʻanae Education Center
- Lāhainā Education Center
In the entire University of Hawaiʻi system, there are approximately 50,317 students of which 44,122 are undergraduates. On average, the student body is 42% male and 58% female. 20% are Caucasian, 20% are Japanese, 15% are Filipino, 13% are Hawaiian or part Hawaiian and 32% are from other ethnicities. 89% of the professors reside in Hawaiʻi while 6% are from the United States mainland. A total of 616 programs are offered throughout the University of Hawaiʻi system with 123 devoted for bachelor's degrees, 92 for master's degrees, 53 for doctoral degrees, 3 for first professional degrees, 4 for post baccalaureate degrees, 115 for associate degrees and various other certifications.
The University seal contains a torch and a book titled Mālamalama (the light of knowledge) in the center of a circular map of the Pacific, surrounded by the state motto, Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono ("The life of the land is perpetuated in (by) righteousness".) The University motto, inscribed in both the Hawaiian and English languages on Founders' Gate at the Mānoa campus is Ma luna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola o ke kanaka ("Above all nations is humanity").
Board of Regents
In accordance with Article X, Section 6 of the Hawaiʻi State Constitution, the University of Hawaiʻi system is governed by a Board of Regents, composed of 15 unpaid members who are nominated by a Regents Candidate Advisory Council, appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the state legislature. The Board oversees all aspects of governance for the university system, including its internal structure and management. The board also appoints, evaluates, and if necessary removes the President of the University of Hawaiʻi.
The University's governing board includes a current student appointed by the Governor of Hawaiʻi to serve a two-year term as a full voting regent. The practice of appointing a student to the Board was approved by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 1997.
Alumni of the University of Hawaiʻi system include many notable persons in various walks of life. Senator Daniel Inouye and Tammi Duckworth both are veterans of the US military who were injured during in the line of duty then later entered government service. Bette Midler and Georgia Engel are successful entertainers on the national stage. President Barack Obama's parents, Barack Obama, Sr., and S. Ann Dunham, and half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, also earned degrees from the Mānoa campus, where his parents met in a Russian language class. His mother earned three degrees from the University of Hawaiʻi including a Ph.D. in anthropology.
The University of Hawaiʻi system has had many faculty members of note. Many were visiting faculty or came after they won major awards like Nobel Laureate Dr. Georg von Békésy. Dr. Ryuzo Yanagimachi, principal investigator of the research group that developed a method of cloning from adult animal cells, is still on the faculty.
- Robert, Kamins (1998). Mālamalama: A History of the University of Hawaiʻi.
- David, Yount (1996). Who Runs The University? The Politics of Higher Education In Hawaiʻi, 1985-1992.
- Magin, Janis L. "Land deals could breathe new life into Mōʻiliʻili." Pacific Business News. Sunday July 1, 2007. 1. Retrieved on October 5, 2011. "Dobelle at that time had even suggested moving the University of Hawaiʻi system offices from the Mānoa campus to office space in Mōʻiliʻili, something the current administration is not actively considering."
- "Office of the President." University of Hawaiʻi System. Retrieved on October 5, 2011. "Office of the President 2444 Dole Street Bachman 202 Honolulu, HI 96822"
- "Office of the Board of Regents." University of Hawaiʻi System. Retrieved on October 5, 2011. "Executive Administrator and Secretary of the Board of Regents 2444 Dole Street, Bachman Hall, Room 209 Honolulu, HI 96822"
- Ocean Engineering & Law Programs
- "Description of Duties of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaiʻi". 9 August 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
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