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FIGURE 1 Hawaii’s predominant industries, 1806-2009.

SOURCE: Carl Bonham, Presentation at January 13-14, 2011, National Academies Symposium on “E Kamakani Noi’i (Wind that seeks knowledge).”

THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AS AN ENGINE OF GROWTH

In her conference presentation, University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood noted that her institution is seeking to become a major driver of innovation and commercialization in the state by initiating an institution-wide effort to enhance awareness of the potential applications of research and encourage entrepreneurship in its curriculum design, course content, and faculty incentives.

Setting Objectives

Dr. Greenwood listed three objectives in defining her institution’s mission. The first objective, she said is to increase the number of educated citizens through the Hawaii Graduation Initiative. The second is to “create a 21st-century capability for innovation and technology transfer” supported by “a billion-dollar research industry for Hawaii.” The final objective is to renovate and rebuild the university’s infrastructure and to stimulate the creation of small businesses based on University of Hawaii technology developments.



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