Mufi Hannemann, mayor of the City
and County of Honolulu, met recently with a group of Fulbright
Scholars in Hawai‘i, including several from HPU, to affirm
his strong support for international educational exchange.
Dr. Carlos Juárez, dean of the College of International
Studies and professor of political science, helped to facilitate
a meeting of Fulbright Scholars with the Mayor. Hanneman was
a Fulbright Scholar himself at Victoria University in Wellington,
New Zealand, and took office as Honolulu’s 12th mayor
in January 2005.
The Harvard-educated leader and former star athlete has the distinction
of having served in the administrations of four U.S. Presidents:
Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.
Before his election, Hannemann held posts as director of Hawai‘i’s
Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, chief
of the state’s Office of International Relations, and chairman
of the Honolulu City Council.
The flagship international educational program sponsored by the
United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to “increase
mutual understanding between the people of the United States
and the people of other countries...” It provides grants
for graduate students, scholars and professionals, and teachers
and administrators from the U.S. and other countries to study,
teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to
finding solutions to shared international concern.
HPU has hosted visiting Fulbright Scholars in recent years from
Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Slovenia, and this current academic
year is hosting four graduate students, three from Germany (MBA
students Sandra Rohrbach, Niklas Helleman, and Ingmar Hoetschel),
and a Fulbright foreign language teaching assistant in Arabic
from Morocco, Ms. Imane Bimazough. Dr. Juárez has been
a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and the Czech Republic and serves
as the Fulbright Program advisor.
He is peer review chair for
the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program and past president of
the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Other
HPU Fulbrighters include Dr. Grace Cheng, Dr. Marc Gilbert,
Dr. Ed Klein, Sally LaLuzerne-Oi, Dr. Shaun Moss, Catherine
Charles Sasaki, Dr. Art Whatley, Dr. James Whitfield, and Dr.