UH Mānoa, Auckland University of Technology sign collaborative agreementUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: May 31, 2011
Academic leaders of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Student/Staff Exchange Agreement, signifying a commitment by the two institutions of higher education to promote collaborative research and cooperation. AUT is UH Mānoa’s fifth partner university in New Zealand.
At a signing ceremony on the UH Mānoa campus on May 26, Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw welcomed AUT Chancellor and former Governor-General of New Zealand Sir Paul Reeves, and a visiting group of senior academic representatives. Also at the ceremony were representatives from the UH Mānoa campus and the East-West Center, including College of Social Sciences Richard Dubanoski, Political Science Department Chair Nevzat Soguk, and Darrell Kicker, coordinator of Mānoa International Exchange (MIX), a unit within the Office of International and Exchange Programs.
MIX provides an opportunity for UH Mānoa undergraduate and graduate students to study overseas, while allowing students from overseas partner universities like AUT to study at the Mānoa campus. An exchange may be for one or two semesters.
In addition to student exchanges, AUT’s work in indigenous studies through Te Ara Poutama (Māori Development) will provide unique research opportunities for UH Mānoa faculty and students of Political Science, Linguistics, the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, among others.
Said Chancellor Hinshaw, “Our goal at UH Mānoa is to provide a multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning, so international partnerships, like this new exciting relationship with Auckland University of Technology, are highly valuable in enhancing our campus’ global perspective and connections. New Zealand and Hawai‘i have long been connected and we have learned so much by working together, so we look forward to many years of productive exchange with the Auckland University of Technology.”
For more information on Mānoa International Exchange, see the website at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/international/mix/.