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Ka Umeke Noweo for 2019

Post Series: Ka ʻUmeke Nōweo
  • 1.Ka Umeke Noweo for 2019

Advancing a community of skilled professionals and leaders – our career creators – is a vital mission of UH West Oʻahu (UHWO). To ensure that we meet this mission our faculty and staff continue to cultivate unique and differentiated learning opportunities through advancing an integrated and transdisciplinary curriculum of dynamic learning and teaching, discovery and innovation, and scholarly engagement with community partners. Indeed, we believe that “Learning, Discovering, and Engaging is the pathway to 21st Century Community-Based, Transformative Leadership!” This is our value proposition! We know that if we live into these values, if we do it well, 30 years from now, our legacy will be one of great prosperity! Prosperity born from investing in people who do extraordinary things!


‘Umeke for 2019

Aloha mai kākou!

1st Public Baccalaureate Institution in growth.The University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu (UHWO) is the premier comprehensive, undergraduate university within the 10-campus UH system. Located in Kapolei, we serve our west-side region as well as all Oʻahu and our neighbor island communities through on-campus, hybrid, and fully online courses and programs. Our students pursue a variety of degree and certificate programs, participate in value-added professional internships, and pursue civic and service learning in the communities that we serve. Indeed, our partnerships with area businesses, entrepreneurs, and public organizations push boundaries and create new career opportunities that enrich the lives of our students. Our strategic action plan is focused on student success, inclusion, academic distinction, and the public good.

We have, since opening our doors at our new campus in 2012, enjoyed record growth. In fact, UH West Oʻahu has been the fastest growing school of its type in the nation for the past two years, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual almanac. Enrollment surged 239 percent between 2006 and 2016, or, the most by any public baccalaureate granting institution. In 2017, UH West Oʻahu also led the list of fastest growing colleges. At UH West Oʻahu, we are “Pueo Strong” because we offer so much more than a degree and/or certificate. Here are just three (3) top news stories that speak to the exemplary achievements and influence of our students:

So, to all our graduates, current students, and potential students who share their talents with us and so much more, “Mahalo nūnui for all you do, for the caring and compassionate way you serve, and for your commitment to discovery, innovation, and leadership that honors cultural diversity! This is the essence of PUEO STRONG!

Please visit our website and come visit us soon to meet the brilliant people who work day in and day out to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to kūlia i ka nuʻu! Strive for the summit! Become a part of the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu ʻohana!

E mālama pono!
Chancellor Maenette K.P. Ah Nee – Benham, Ed.D.

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