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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

 

Governor Linda Lingle, in her recent State of the State, said: “The future economic fortunes of our state will be determined by the capabilities and creativity of our people … and by their ability to work and communicate effectively with others around the world.”

HPU is uniquely qualified to accomplish Lingle’s implied charge. The University is unique not only in its mission and its embrace of both traditional and innovative approaches to learning, but also in the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff who come from more than 100 countries around the world and from all 50 U.S. states. Such diversity affords us opportunities to observe and apply some of the many changes that are occurring in Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, and the world.

Living and working in a globally connected society affords opportunities that were not present for even our own parents. For example, for the past few years it’s been possible to earn a Master’s degree in Organizational Change without ever coming to Hawai‘i. The MAOC program has students taking classes from their homes and offices in Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain, England, Australia, Afghanistan, and several mainland states.

We similarly embraced innovation in our course offerings. Mr. Richard Chepkevich recently created a course in systems forensics that is a one-of-a-kind offering bringing together the best aspects of systems engineering and criminal investigation.

Dr. Dolly Samson teaches students about innovations in mobile and wireless communications. Dr. Cathrine Linnes created a course in Advanced Software Engineering that gives students a look at how the most sophisticated software systems are created, tested and evaluated. Our Computer Club used sensors to transform a simple vacuum cleaner into a robot capable of changing programs and carrying out elaborate tasks.

A new degree, the Masters in Global Leadership, encourages study of the opportunities and challenges associated with the continuous need to deal with change on a global scale.

Education is the best prescription for building a creative, innovative, and flexible generation of problems solvers. We’re confident HPU’s graduates will be well equipped to lead the way into the exciting future foreseen by Governor Lingle.


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