Mission and Vision

We are an academic community achieving international excellence in business education, research, and practice utilizing Hawai‘i’s unique multicultural and geographical advantages.

Mission Strategic Concepts

Academic community

– We are a community of scholars, learners, and practitioners. We value each other, our different cultures, our interactions, the knowledge we exchange, and a sense of belonging and mutual commitment. We create knowledge that informs our teaching and improves practice.

International excellence

– Our striving for excellence has propelled us to be a business school of choice with an Asia-Pacific focus. Knowledge seekers come to learn; employers seek our graduates; academics come to join in our research and training initiatives; and the broader community values our counsel.

Hawai‘i’s unique multicultural and geographical advantages

– We leverage Hawai‘i’s environment for creating and disseminating knowledge. Our environment reflects not only the Hawaiian culture, but also the cultures of our Asian and Pacific neighbors and is therefore inviting to them. Our location provides convenient access. Our location also enables us to see the importance of sustainability, and offers a laboratory to work towards it. We leverage the University’s linguistic and scientific competencies, and the expertise of our Asia-Pacific colleagues in other Hawai‘i-based organizations.

Background

The College of Business Administration at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa was established in 1949. It was named in 2006 after alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group. In 2014, Mr. Shidler increased his initial gift of $25 million to $100 million, making it the largest donation to the University of Hawai‘i from a private donor. Today, the Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international business education with an Asia-Pacific focus. It is consistently ranked among the nation's top 25 schools for international business by U.S. News & World Report.

The Shidler College of Business is a professional school that offers a wide variety of degree, certificate, and executive programs. It places a strong emphasis on the development of management skills, entrepreneurship, and the management of business information technology. The Shidler College of Business is the only graduate program in the State of Hawai‘i accredited by AACSB International.