International Student enrollment up sharply at UH Hilo: Cultural diversity to be showcased at "International Nights 2001" next month

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Feb 22, 2001

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has recorded a sharp increase this year in its international student enrollment. Two-hundred and forty students from 33 countries are enrolled this year, up 14 percent from last year's enrollment of 211.

Japan contributed the largest number of students with 63, followed by the Federated States of Micronesia with 58. By region, 49 percent of UH Hilo's international students come from the Pacific Islands, while Asia constitutes the second biggest region with 37 percent.

"We're very pleased with this increase in enrollment," said Dr. Ruth Robison, international student advisor. "International students add so much to the diversity of perspectives and ideas on campus, making them a valuable asset both inside and outside the classroom."

The diverse cultures of the UH Hilo campus and community will be showcased next month when the International Student Association presents "International Nights 2001" March 2-4 at the UH Hilo Theatre. The event, which has sold out in past years, has been expanded to include a Sunday matinee, in addition to the two evening performances.

The first night's presentation on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. is tentatively scheduled to include performers representing the cultures of Hawaiʻi, Ireland, Palau, the United States, Colombia, Tahiti, Chuuk, Japan, Kosrae and American Samoa.

Saturday night's program, again at 7:30 p.m., is expected to include performances from Hawaiʻi, Mexico, the Philippines, Chile, Pohnpei, the Marshall Islands, United States, Okinawa, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Tonga.

The matinee, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, will include selected performances from the two evening programs.

Tickets are available from the UH Hilo Theatre box office Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $3 for students; $5 for UH Hilo and Hawaii CC faculty and staff, elementary and secondary students, and seniors; and $6 for general admission.

For more information, phone the Theatre Box Office at 974-7310.