Hawaii's World

By A.A. Smyser

Thursday, October 17, 1996


UH School of
Business Administration

IF you believe the world is going global. If you believe Asia is where the major growth will be. If you want to take part in the opportunities that will be out there. Then think about one of Hawaii's underappreciated assets - the School of Business Administration at the University of Hawaii. It ranks among the best anywhere.

Its credits can be transferred even to the Ivy League. It has an internationally oriented international faculty. It plays a significant part in so many international programs and activities that reading the list tends to glaze the eye. It has assorted recognitions to show it's first class.

For business education it is Hawaii's best window on the future.

Even some of its faculty members see value in going out of state for at least part of your education if you have grown up here - just to broaden your perspectives and mature.

But staying at home here is better than staying at home other places because we already have a cultural mix that makes us more appreciative of internationalism, they say.

People from outside Hawaii come here to take part in its programs. Mid-career businessmen from all around the Pacific join its summer management programs.

"A lot of people in Hawaii don't realize that Hawaii can be so competitive," says Professor Shirley Daniel. She heads up both the summer Pacific-Asian Management Institute (PAMI) and Center for International Business Education and Research. CIBER is one of 27 college programs getting federal funds to enhance U.S. global competitiveness. She is the current president of the national CIBER network.

A separate Pacific CIBER, founded by PAMI in 1988, links 29 business schools in Asia, Canada and the U.S. It is the leading association of its type on the Pacific Rim.

The strongest international economic organization in the Pacific is APEC, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. Presidents and prime ministers from all around the Pacific, even from China and Taiwan, turn out for its annual meetings. UH Professor David McClain will be the 1997 coordinator of its human resources network. He already is U.S. representative to its business management network. McClain is co-director of the APEC Studies Center at UH.

All this and more at the UH College of Business Administration, including a multicultural faculty with professors from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Nepal and Singapore plus exchange programs.

IT'S a work-hard place, its professors say. Know-how is there if you reach out to get it, says McClain, but students ultimately must take responsibility for themselves, just as they will have to do later in the business world.

Arthur Richardson, a former advertising executive, who is now a research fellow, took a hand in creating a vision of Hawaii's future for brainstorming purposes: "Develop Hawaii to be the West's world-class knowledge center on Asia-Pacific."

The resources are all around us at UH and elsewhere in know-how about languages, history and cultures, economies, population, demographics, business practices, and consumer and industrial markets.

They need harnessing into a team all pulling in one direction. It could be done.



A.A. Smyser is the Star-Bulletin's contributing editor.
His column runs Tuesday and Thursday.




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