For most students at the University of Hawaii College of Business, the most exciting thing about their program is "its proximity to Asia and the large number of Chinese and Japanese students." Because so many students plan to go on to work in the rapidly growing markets of Asia, the program is not only helpful to their education, but also to their manners. Through a variety of exchange programs, as well as friendships with students from so many different cultures, students learn how to interact with cultures not their own, and, in many cases, learn how to avoid embarrassing social gaffes that could spoil a deal. As one student says, "[The school's] greatest strengths are the international business ties the school has with countries around the Pacific Rim. The MBA program offers exchange opportunities like the PACIBER program, which requires fluency in a language spoken in the Pacific region other than English, one semester of study abroad, and an internship with a focus on international business." UHM's MBA program is a general one, and its classes are all taught at night to accommodate the needs of its many working students. Students can choose part-time or full-time courses of study and can pick from the following departments: financial economics and institutions, information-technology management, management and industrial relations, marketing, and the school of accountancy. In addition, the school offers a variety of dual degree programs (MBA/MA, or MBA/MS, and JD/MBA) and a Japan- or China-focused MBA: a full-time, 15-month specialized program. As far as students are concerned, however, all of the departments have one strength in common: "The professors! They are the ones who point you in the right direction and help with the networking process." Another student concurs, adding that the school is home to "great and knowledgeable faculty. My classmates are also excellent." And because of the nontraditional curriculum and the small program, "in general, the environment is noncompetitive." Although there are few complaints about the curriculum, some students feel that "the offerings of noncore classes could be increased, especially in the areas of finance and marketing." Others make the case that "academically, the school could make the course work more vigorous, but with more than 50 percent of the students working full-time, those students may not be able to accommodate more rigorous work." Another student agrees and adds that "though the classes require a lot of work, I think that in general they should be more challenging." In keeping with the multinational tone of the school, one of the more popular aspects of the College of Business Administration is their study-abroad program. The school has multiple exchange programs with universities in Asia and Europe and a summer Asian field-study elective, which "enables students to earn six credits while visiting factories and other businesses in four Asian countries." As one student says, " I went on a three-week long field study, where we visited Korea, Japan, and Thailand. As a group of 15 students with a well-known advisor, we were able to visit with executive managers at companies such as Nissan, POSCO, and K. Cotton." UHM also offers a number of different international activity groups, such as the Academy of International Business; the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center, the Asia-Pacific Financial Markets Research Center, the Family Business Center of Hawaii, the Pacific-Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business, and the Native Hawaiian Leadership Project.
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