UH institute taps business for board of advisers
By Katherine Nichols
Advertiser Staff Writer
The University of Hawai'i's Pacific Asian Management Institute will celebrate its 25th anniversary next month with a new advisory board and fresh vision for its role in executive education worldwide.
The Pacific Asian Management Institute, or PAMI, is a part of the College of Business Administration at the University of Hawai'i and organizes outreach to executive clients for the college.
PAMI recently formed a 12-member global advisory board that will conduct its inaugural meeting in Honolulu in early August. The new board is made up of executives who do business in the Asia-Pacific region, said Shirley Daniel, director of PAMI.
The College of Business Administration's primary goal is to position the state and the University of Hawai'i as a leading institution that provides management expertise and high-quality education for executives in international business, "particularly those who are trying to be successful in the Asia-Pacific region," said Daniel, who is also the Henry A. Walker Jr. distinguished professor of business enterprise at the University of Hawai'i.
PAMI wants to help the UH College of Business Administration elevate its U.S. News & World Report ranking from the top 20 to the top 10 schools for international management education.
"We would like to raise the profile," Daniel said. She plans to do this with the aid of eight new faculty members hired last year.
Plans for the college also include increasing program fees from the current $1 million to $2 million annually to $5 million and finding donors for both PAMI and the Pacific Asia Center for Entrepreneurship at $5 million each in the next three to five years.
To kick off the institute's new focus and structure, Tom Plate will speak at the annual Paul Chung Memorial Lecture. Plate, an internationally syndicated newspaper columnist who writes about economic and political issues in Asia and whose column appears in The Honolulu Advertiser, will discuss "The Globalization of Hawaii the Hawaiianization of the Globe."
He will explain how Hawai'i can more effectively deliver key business information vital to global corporations competing for pivotal markets in Asia and North America. The event will also introduce the global advisory board members, including Corey Xu, head of corporate banking in Southern China for Credit Agricole Indosuez; Martin Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of advertising agency Christy MacDougall Mitchell; and Gerald Sumida, general counsel for Asian Development Bank in the Philippines.
Plate will speak at noon August 6 in the South Pacific Ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. For more information, visit www.cba.hawaii.edu/pami. To register, contact Jayna Reynon at 956-8041 or PAMI@cba.hawaii.edu.