Just about everyone recognizes the importance of the opportunities
presented by student clubs, athletics, and social events such
as dances. But, here at HPU, we have carefully designed our
academic offerings to foster the building of meaningful relationships,
Today, it is possible to take classes in a variety of formats:
traditional face-to-face lectures and labs; distance education
courses using the Internet; internships and service projects
working in the community; exchange study in other countries;
and directed studies where selected small groups of students
work closely with their professor to pursue special knowledge.
One can also elect different types of programs: associate, bachelor,
and master degrees; majors and minors, and concentrations; concurrent
and joint programs where students work on more than one degree
at a time; and, certificates in specialized areas such as electronic
commerce or knowledge management.
So, don’t be surprised if you find yourself making friends
with a person from Madrid, Spain, while participating in a group
project helping to build a better client-tracking system for
a Honolulu not-for-profit organization. Your friend might be
here, or he or she might still be located in Spain while you
are here in Honolulu.
Another friend might be a humanities major while you’re
in computer science. And still another might be speaking a foreign
language when he participates in class discussions. No matter.
So are you.
We encourage you to take advantage of the many chances to really
get to know people from other cultures, academic disciplines,
and places on this very small planet. Truly educated men and
women are those that develop a deep appreciation for the richness
of human life and at HPU we have tried to make it very difficult
for you to avoid such opportunities.