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.