UH Manoa graduate programs named among top in nation

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gregg Takayama, 956-9836
Community and Government Affairs
Posted: Apr 24, 2009

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa‘s graduate programs at the Shidler College of Business and in Library and Information Science are recognized among the best in the nation, in U.S. News and World Report‘s "America‘s Best Graduate Schools 2010."

The Shidler College of Business was ranked 21st in international business. "We are extremely pleased that our graduate program in international business is recognized among the best in the nation," said V. Vance Roley, dean of UH Mānoa‘s Shidler College of Business. Its undergraduate program currently ranks 19th in International Business by U.S. News and World Report along with top business schools such as Berkeley, University of Michigan, New York University and University of Pennsylvania.

UH Mānoa‘s Library and Information Science (LIS) program is ranked by its peers 29th out of 50 accredited programs nationwide. The program's School Library Media Specialization is among the nation‘s top 10 for the third year in a row, placing 8th nationally.

"We are deeply pleased to once again receive this recognition from our peers. This is terrific testimony to both the LIS faculty, who have built a rigorous and nationally respected graduate curriculum, and to the LIS students, who are emerging leaders in the school library field," said Violet H. Harada, Professor and Associate Program Chair of the Library and Information Science Program.

Established in 1965, the LIS program promotes international scholarship and instruction, as well as fostering emerging information technologies. It is the only professional school that is part of UH Mānoa‘s Department of Information and Computer Sciences.

Adds Dean Roley of the Shidler College of Business: "In the past few years, we‘ve strengthened our country-specific MBA programs and continued to explore other international opportunities. In 2007, the College launched several new programs including a Full-Time Day MBA, the China International MBA with Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, and a Vietnam Executive MBA in Ho Chi Minh City, in addition to the College‘s already successful Japan-Focus MBA and Vietnam Executive MBA in Hanoi, Vietnam. Combined with our internships and study abroad opportunities, we have made a concerted effort to provide students with a quality international education for successful careers in the global marketplace."

Other notable achievements:

· There are more than 500 graduate business students enrolled at the Shidler College of Business.

· This fall, the College will launch several new programs including a Master‘s of Financing Engineering degree and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) major in entrepreneurship.

· One of the College‘s distinguishing features is its focus on the Asian/Pacific business culture.

· The College offers country-focused MBA programs which consist of traditional MBA classes, international business electives focused on specific Asian countries and an intensive language program. Students also do a three-month internship in their focus country.

· It has been reported by Financial Times that 25 percent of Vietnam‘s gross domestic product is controlled by graduates of the Shidler Vietnam-focused Executive MBA. Over 120 top-level managers and executives have graduated from the Vietnam-focused MBA program.


For more information on the U.S News and World Report rankings of America's Best Graduate Schools, visit www.usnews.com/grad