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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Studies Center

Asia-Pacific Financial Markets Research Center

The Center for International Business Education and Research

Executive Education Center

Family Business Center of Hawaii

Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business

Pacific Asian Management Institute

Pacific-Basin Finance Journal

Pacific Business Center Program

Pacific Research Institute for Information Systems and Management

International Study

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Studies Center

The APEC Studies Center was formed in July 1994 as a joint venture of UH Manoa and the East-West Center and is one of the founding members of the U.S. APEC Study Center Consortium. APEC has become the primary vehicle for developing a sense of economic community in the Asia Pacific region. The 18 countries that currently comprise APEC constitute about half of the world’s total annual output in terms of GNP and represent more than 40 percent of the world’s total merchandise trade.

Asia-Pacific Financial Markets (FIMA) Research Center

The FIMA Research Center conducts academic and policy research on financial markets in the Asia-Pacific region. It serves the securities and banking industries, academia, and government sector through four major programs:

The Asian Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (ASFRC) is a group of independent experts on economic policy issues relevant to financial markets and the financial industry of the Asia-Pacific region. ASFRC members are independent of any of the members’ affiliated institutions. The policy recommendations of ASFRC are its own. Typically, ASFRC tries to translate concepts drawn from academic literature into concrete policy recommendations.

The Pacific-Basin Finance Journal publishes the highest quality theoretical and empirical research on financial markets of the region.

The FIMA Financial Executive Program is intended for market regulators and financial executives to develop a better understanding of the financial markets in the region as well as in the developed economies in light of state-of-the-art finance theories.

The PACAP Databases Program creates, maintains, and distributes capital market databases of Asia, including China, Hong Kong (SAR), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. The program is jointly undertaken by FIMA and the University of Rhode Island PACAP Research Center. The FIMA Research Center assumes a leadership role as the front office by acting as a liaison with participating financial institutions from the region. The PACAP Research Center, in turn, provides the back office function of maintaining, updating, and distributing the databases.

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

The UH CIBER goal is to promote international business research and development activities within the UH System and the community. As one of 31 such centers at major universities across the U.S., the UH CIBER serves as a national resource for improved international business techniques and strategies as well as a regional resource providing training and research designed to meet the needs of companies doing business with the Asia-Pacific.

Working with faculty and researchers from various disciplines across the Manoa campus and from the UH System, CIBER has promoted the creation of interdisciplinary courses, research and programs. Other activities supported include the innovative Field Study in Asia course, the annual PAMI Summer Program, faculty research projects on international business topics, studies abroad and overseas internships by students and travel support for faculty and doctoral students to present papers at national and international conferences. Outreach initiatives include working with various community organizations to sponsor workshops and other training activities.

Executive Education Center

The Executive Education Center is responsible for the Shidler College’s executive masters programs as well as custom and open-enrollment programs. Our programs develop the critical skills and leadership capacities of individuals, teams, and organizations to sustain a competitive advantage in a global economy.

We design and deliver custom programs to support organizations in achieving their strategic goals. Our open-enrollment programs are offered to flexibly serve individuals and organizations seeking breakthrough learning opportunities. For more information, or to speak with an executive education staff member, please email execed@hawaii.edu or call (808) 956-8135.

Family Business Center of Hawai‘i

The Family Business Center of Hawai‘i is a partnership between Hawai‘i’s family business community and the UH’s Shidler College of Business. The mission of the Family Business Center is “equipping, educating, and celebrating families in business.” The center provides opportunities for the families to address many of the challenges they face by providing educational seminars and a forum for the exchange of information between families so that they can survive and thrive into and through the 21st century.

Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business (PACE)

The goal of PACE is to foster the entrepreneurial spirit among students, faculty and the community. The center supports the inclusion of entrepreneurship-related courses in the UH Manoa curriculum and offers a summer certificate in international entrepreneurship. In addition, PACE also supports the student Entrepreneurship Club and numerous outreach programs, including statewide business plan competitions at the high school and college levels, the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Internship Program, a distinguished lecture series, the Hawai‘i Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, and programs for Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs.

Pacific Asian Management Institute (PAMI)

PAMI was established in 1977 as an institute of international management education and research bridging the East and the West. Students, faculty, managers, and government officials from more than 170 companies and 200 institutions in 22 countries have attended cross-cultural, international management courses, and training programs developed by PAMI.

For a modest fee in addition to the summer course tuition, two certificate programs—in International Management and International Entrepreneurship—are offered by PAMI during the Summer Sessions. The curriculum features traditional (classroom-based) and online international business courses in management, marketing, finance, business economics, entrepreneurship and human resource management. These are taught by faculty from UH Manoa and from some of the best business schools in the U.S. and around the world. The certificate programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline, to Americans and foreigners, who are admitted by the Summer Session Office.

The Pacific Asian Lecture Series (PALS), open to the public, is part of the PAMI summer program, as are occasional field trips and site visits. The highlight of PAMI’s summer is the annual N.H. Paul Chung Luncheon and Lecture, held in honor of PAMI’s founder and features a renowned international business speaker.

PAMI is the secretariat for the Pacific Asian Consortium on International Business Education and Research (PACIBER), with 33 member universities in the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Oceania.

Pacific-Basin Finance Journal

The Pacific-Basin Finance Journal is an academic journal published five times a year by Elsevier Science publishers B.V. (North-Holland) in collaboration with the Shidler College of Business. The journal provides a specialized forum for the publication of the highest quality theoretical and empirical research on capital markets of the Asia-Pacific region and represents a significant milestone in the FIMA Research Center’s program and objectives as it effectively reaches a broader audience in terms of current developments in Asian and Pacific capital markets. Its primary emphasis will be placed on the following areas:

  • investment and portfolio management
  • theories of market equilibrium
  • valuation of market equilibrium
  • behavior of asset prices in financial sectors
  • normative theory of financial management
  • capital markets development
  • market mechanism

Pacific Business Center Program

The Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP), sponsored by UH Manoa and the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides businesses, government agencies, and community groups, a variety of business consultant services at moderate cost. PBCP offers university students opportunities to work with its staff to assist its clients solve a wide variety of business problems. Such work includes market research, feasibility studies, product development, strategic and financial planning, loan packaging, and management consultation. PBCP serves clients in Hawai‘i, the Territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republics of Palau and of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Pacific Research Institute for Information Systems and Management (PRIISM)

PRIISM is a center for research and educational activities. Drawing on a variety of academic disciplines, PRIISM focuses on information systems and technologies and management of organizations. Its primary objective is to promote research on the development, implementation, and use of information and communication technologies in organizations.

Career Development & Internships

The Office of Internships and Career Development at Shidler College of Business provides career-related internships to gain real world experience while earning academic credits. Through the internship program, students strengthen their employment opportunities in the marketplace after graduation and gain greater insight into the selection of a career path, and network with professionals in their chosen field.

The Career Development Office provides extensive on-campus interview programs, career fairs, and workshops. The office is dedicated to assisting students in their career growth and development, and to helping employers identify and select highly qualified candidates. A broad range of services are offered to enhance our students’ employment marketability. From career search and information sources to skills development workshops, we seek to educate, train, and advise our students to ensure successful preparation for entry in the business job market, and assist students in making the right career decisions.

The office maintains a business and alumni network that provides a link between recruiters and students, to maximize the potential for successful internship and permanent job placement.

For more information on the various programs, contact the director Rick Varley at rvarley@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-6972. Questions regarding graduate-level internships and career development should be directed to Verna Wong at vernaw@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-3122, and questions on undergraduate career placement directed to Patrick Stuart at jpstuart@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-9330. Visit the internship and career development website at career.shidler.hawaii.edu for an active list of internships and jobs, along with valuable career links.

International Study

In addition to the study abroad programs offered through the UH Manoa Study Abroad Center (see the “Student Life” section for more information), the following Shidler College sponsored programs are available.

Asian Field Study

Shidler College offers two Asian Field Study courses, a summer 10 week, 6 credit course (BUS 477/677) which includes three weeks in Asia, and a variable credit course (BUS 476), which includes a required preparatory course (BUS 475/675) followed by one to three weeks in Asia. Students visit companies, factories, economic agencies and government offices to learn more about organizational structure, government policies and international competition and their effect on these units. Classes are held on campus before and after the field study. BUS 475/476/477 are approved IB electives. Some Shidler College scholarships are available on a competitive basis to help defray the costs.

Shidler College International Exchange Agreements

Shidler College students can apply to study abroad in connection with several official exchange agreements between the Shidler College and foreign universities. These universities are: Aarhus School of Business in Denmark; Chulalongkorn University in Thailand; Copenhagen Business School in Denmark; Hitotsubashi University in Japan; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Keio University (Keio Business School) in Japan; WHU Koblenz-Otto Besheim Graduate School of Management in Germany; Korea University School of Business; Reims School of Management in France (summer only); National Sun Yat Sen University in Taiwan; National University of Singapore; Seoul National University in Korea; Thammasat University in Thailand; Waseda University in Japan; and Yonsei University in Korea. In most cases, courses are offered in English for international students, language training is available, and the schools plan instructional excursions for visiting students. Students enroll in BUS 099/667 at UH Manoa and host school tuition is waived. Some scholarship assistance is available on a competitive basis to help defray travel costs. The student arranges his or her own travel and housing. For more information, contact the Office of Student Academic Services in BusAd B-101 or (808) 956-8215.