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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

Hawai‘i Pacific University is truly a global learning community, bringing together students from more than 100 countries. A global perspective is also at the core of our College of International Studies. Established in 1998, the College brings together academic programs in the social sciences, modern languages, and teacher training that all focus on international affairs and studies. It offers majors in anthropology, international relations, international studies, political science, and teaching English as a second language; minors in geography, Japanese, and Spanish; and an MA program in teaching English as a second language.

The College of International Studies plays a leading role in developing awareness and understanding about global issues at HPU. In addition to offering rigorous academic courses on such topics as conflict and peacemaking, culture and language, population dynamics, Islam and politics, faculty members in the college also sponsor a variety of forums to engage students in ongoing discussion of international affairs.

A few weeks ago the College hosted a visiting group of eight Korean security scholars, co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and the U.S. Pacific Command. The scholars came from government agencies, think tanks, and universities in Korea to discuss differing perceptions of the crisis on the Korean peninsula. They were able to share their expertise with a class on Asian political systems, and students were able to experience a valuable form of diplomacy in action.

During October, the College will sponsor three election forums that address local, national, and international aspects of the Nov. 2 U.S. presidential election. The forums will include a brief presentation by a faculty member, but are primarily designed for student discussion and dialogue.

On Oct. 30, the College will participate in the third Student Symposium on Global Citizenship, a student-centered and student-driven program that brings together faculty and students to address some of the challenges and responsibilities of living in a global society. It’s a valuable opportunity to learn from the many perspectives offered by our diverse faculty and student body. I hope you can participate.

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