Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Studies Center

The APEC Studies Center was formed in July 1994 as a joint venture of UH Mānoa and 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 21 member economies that currently comprise APEC constitute about half of the world’s total annual output in terms of GNP and represent almost 50 percent of the world’s total merchandise trade.

Asia-Pacific Financial Markets (FIMA) Research Center

FIMA Research Center conducts academic and policy research on financial markets in the Asia-Pacific region. It 362 Shidler College of Business 2024-2025 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.

Executive Education Center

The Executive Education Center is responsible for the Shidler College’s executive degree 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 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 Mānoa curriculum, including an undergraduate major and graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship. In addition, PACE supports new entrepreneurs by providing experiential startup training, guidance and funding for new ventures.

Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business Education and Research (PACIBER) Diploma

Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business Education and Research (PACIBER) was created in 1988 as a consortium of 27 leading universities dedicated to bridging the gap by establishing linkages to promote international business education, research, and exchange of information among faculty and students. UH is a founding member and Secretariat of PACIBER. 

The PACIBER Diploma is a program for undergraduate and graduate students studying business who wish to develop international skills through a combination of courses, study abroad, and internship experience. The bearer of the PACIBER Diploma will be recognized as one who is an internationally attended management individual with the requisite academic credentials, overseas experience, language capability, and cross-cultural training to be immediately productive upon accession to any Asia-Pacific-related position.

For more information on PACIBER and the PACIBER Diploma, please contact and visit and

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–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 Mānoa 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 36 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 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

Undergraduate Students

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 Career Services Office at (808) 956-6972 or (808) 956- 9330. Questions regarding graduate-level internships and career development should be directed to (808) 956-6972. Visit the internship and career development website at for an active list of internships and jobs, along with valuable career links.

Graduate Students

Students have access to internships, career development assistance, and strong networking opportunities with fellow students, alumni, and the business community at large. The Office of Graduate Career Services and Professional Development provides career planning and professional development services for Shidler graduate students and alumni. The office offers career strategy and planning workshops, individual coaching and career management services, mentorship programs, and guest speaker events. Graduate students, who participate in the Professional Development Series, are exposed to a variety of industries and occupations by the Shidler College of Business’ employer partners and Graduate Career Services. Students are also equipped with basic professional development tools to support their career planning. 

Shidler graduate students and alumni will have lifetime access to the Career Services Platform, Shidler Career Links. Students will be able to post their resumes, and search for internship and job opportunities posted by Shidler’s employer partners. Students will be able to access career related announcements. Access Shidler Career Links at:

The Office of Graduate Career Services and Professional Development offers lifetime services to support the Shidler student and alumni career efforts and ambitions. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Career Services and Professional Development at (808) 956-6972.

International Study

In addition to the study abroad programs offered through the UH Mānoa Study Abroad Center and the UH Mānoa’s International Exchange (MIX) Office, 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 476/676), 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. IB major, entrepreneurship major, and management major electives, and BUS 675/676/677 qualify for the entrepreneurship certificate. Consult with your academic advisor to determine applicability. 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 Shidler College of Business and overseas partner universities. These international universities include:

Chulalongkorn University in Thailand;
City University of Hong Kong;
Copenhagen Business School in Denmark;
ESC Rennes School of Business in France;
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology;
Keio University in Japan;
Keio Business School (MBA) in Japan;
Korea University;
National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan;
National University of Singapore;
Seoul National University in Korea;
Shanghai Jiao Tong University-Antai College in China;
SKEMA Business School of France;
Thammasat University in Thailand;
University of Hong Kong;
Waseda University in Japan;
WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany;
Yonsei University in Korea.

Other UH Mānoa partner universities that are AACSB-accredited include:

Chinese University of Hong Kong;
Ewha Womans University in Korea;
Fudan University in China;
Kyungpook National University in Korea;
Monash University in Australia;
National Taiwan University;
Sogang University in Korea;
University of Auckland in New Zealand;
University of Otago in New Zealand;
University of Technology, Sydney in Australia;
University of Waikato in New Zealand;
Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

In most cases, business courses are offered in English, language training is available, and the host schools often plan excursions for exchange students. Undergraduate students must enroll in IS 099 at UH Mānoa and Graduate students must enroll in BUS 667 as full-time students at UH Mānoa, therefore, the host school tuition is waived. Travel awards and Shidler Scholarship programs (e.g., Freeman Asia Abroad, Johnson International Scholarship) are available on a competitive basis to help defray costs. To be nominated to a Shidler partner university, students must apply through the UH MIX program. Upon nomination, the student will make travel arrangements and coordinate housing requests directly with the partner university. For more information, visit or contact the Office of Student Academic Services in BusAd B-101 or call (808) 956-8215.

Student Organizations

Active student organizations within Shidler College provide students with opportunities to interact socially, academically, and professionally. These organizations include Accounting Club, American Marketing Association, Beta Alpha Psi, Business Executive Society of Tomorrow, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, Financial Management Association, Information Technology Management Association, InterBusiness Council, International Business Organization, and Society of Human Resource Management. Students with superior academic records are invited for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society for business majors, and Beta Alpha Psi for accounting majors. 

The Graduate Business Student Association is a focal point of graduate student life at Shidler College. All graduate business students are members. Its purpose is to foster student leadership ability and promote socially responsible business practices. 

Guest speakers, tours of local businesses, workshops, seminars, and internships are supported by the various student organizations—many of which have earned national recognition and awards for their contributions to the professional development of Shidler College students.

Honors and Awards

Shidler College of Business and its departments provide scholarships and awards to exceptional students. For a list of these scholarships, see the “Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid” section of this Catalog. Detailed information on scholarships can be obtained at