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by Carlos Juarez, Dean, college of international studies

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 Sajna, Charles Sasaki, Dr. Art Whatley, Dr. James Whitfield, and Dr. Nitivillinger.




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