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Dean’s Message


Welcome to our community of students, faculty, and staff in the College of Business and Economics (CoBE) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. CoBE is one of Hawaii’s two business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction shared by less than 10 percent of business schools world-wide. Accreditation serves as a means to move the College toward our goal of preparing people to join the workforce in Hawaiʻi and beyond.

Your education at the College is personalized and enhanced through small class sizes, applied learning, and participation in a variety of business clubs. Multiculturalism, entrepreneurship, and learning by doing are infused into our curriculum. Island living also provides unique opportunities to learn about the Hawaiian culture and importance of sustainable businesses practices.

Few places offer an opportunity to swim over a coral reef, watch lava flow, and snowboard—all in the same day. Hawaii’s Big Island is a living laboratory with endless opportunities for exploration.

Higher education is the gateway to a lifetime of personal and professional growth. I invite you to seize the opportunity to start your personal and professional journey at our College.

Tam Vu
Interim Dean, College of Business and Economic