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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 Hawaiʻi at Hilo. The CoBE is one of Hawaiʻi’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. Choosing the right business school for you is the most important decision, and attending an AACSB-accredited institution ensures you are choosing one of the best business schools in the world.

Multiculturalism and learning by doing are infused into our curriculum. Your education at the College is personalized and enhanced through small class sizes, applied learning, and participation in a variety of business clubs. You may participate in internships, individual research with faculty mentors, and class projects that provide for the application of business principles. The capstone course in business administration helps you integrate the functional knowledge acquired in the core business classes through decision making in challenging case studies.

Higher education is the gateway to a lifetime of personal and professional growth. Island living also provides unique opportunities to learn about the Hawaiian culture and importance of sustainable businesses practices. Community-based class projects provide you with service opportunities combined with experiential learning in Hawaiʻi. I invite you to seize the opportunity to start your personal and professional journey at our CoBE and to prepare yourselves for a rewarding career in business and economics.

Tam Vu
Interim Dean, College of Business and Economics