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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

 

The Global Citizenship Student Symposium was held on October 20th, so this seems like an ideal time to tell you more about HPU’s College of International Studies. One of the core elements of HPU’s mission is to prepare graduates to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society. This global perspective is also at the core of international studies, which brings together a number of academic programs that focus on international affairs: majors in anthropology, international relations, international studies, political science; an undergraduate and graduate program in teaching English as a second language (TESL); and minors in geography, Japanese, and Spanish. Courses in other languages are offered as well, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Hawaiian, and Korean. During the 2007-2008 academic year, HPU is hosting a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in Arabic. Ms. Imane Bimazough is from Morocco and serves as a cultural ambassador to promote greater understanding of the Arabic language and the Muslim world.

The College of International Studies plays a leading role in developing awareness and understanding about global issues at HPU. The College offers courses on such topics as the history of the English language, the politics of terrorism, economic geography, the impact of tourism on local culture, and Chinese foreign policy. Faculty members sponsor a variety of forums to engage students in an ongoing discussion of international affairs. The College holds a monthly breakfast meeting on contemporary Asian affairs and, together with student organizations like the UN Club and Amnesty International, co-sponsors speakers on a number of topics.

Students in the College of International Studies also gain valuable experience in internships, such as one done this last summer by Britta Klint, an international relations major, who worked as a U.S. State Department intern at the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica.

Recent graduates from the College include Zuleika Candan, a 2002 international relations major who is now a field officer in London for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Lauren Chitwood, a 2005 international relations graduate, completed her masters degree in Latin American Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is now the Government Relations Assistant at the Hispanic Communications Network in Washington, DC. Ann-Marie Puryear, a 2005 political science and economics graduate, is serving the U.S. Peace Corps in Lesotho, while Leysilie Williams, a 2003 international relations graduate, is now group sales manager for the Honolulu Symphony.


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