Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Studies Center

The APEC Studies Center was formed in July 1994 as a joint venture of UH Manoa 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 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 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 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 Mânoa 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.