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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

 

One reason students choose HPU is that we are, as our mission statement says, “set in the rich cultural context of Hawai‘i.” And when many of you think “rich cultural context,” what comes to mind are good weather, surfing, and our multicultural society. All of those are important, but they are just the beginning. Hawai‘i also boasts a vibrant professional life that enriches the educational context for HPU students.

Every part of the University has programs that take advantage of our location to create professional opportunities for students that will be invaluable in both future careers and graduate school.

For example, because of our strategic location, a number of foreign policy organizations make their homes here in Hawai‘i. One of these is the Pacific Forum CSIS, a foreign policy research institute that is part of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. Our College of International Studies has teamed up with them and the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council to develop the Hawai‘i Emerging Leaders Program. Through this program, HPU students have a golden opportunity to participate in monthly breakfast seminars led by internationally recognized experts on U.S. foreign policy, hear their views, and acquire unique insights into the foreign policy-making process. In addition, they can talk with these leaders about career-related questions and begin to develop networks that will serve them well in their future endeavors.

Another opportunity comes from our downtown location in the heart of the Honolulu’s financial community—a real advantage for our College of Business Administration. Thanks to the generous support of HPU Trustee and Morgan Stanley Executive Director Paul Loo, the HPU Investment Club will soon be able to invest in the stock market with real money. After Mr. Loo meets with Club members and gives them his philosophy on stock trading, the students will work together to buy and sell stocks. But unlike other investment clubs, where the trades are done on paper without real money, Mr. Loo wants the HPU Club to work with real money and is pledging $50,000 to this end. The Club even gets to keep a percentage of the profits. This way, HPU students will be directly connected with the downtown business community and will have an opportunity to use what they’ve learned in the classroom on real world business problems.

These are just two examples of the many professional opportunities available to HPU students. Keep your eyes open for others, or better still, talk with your professors or the dean of your school or college to find out what’s available for you.


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