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Edison Lau

Honolulu, Hawaii

Shidler has given me the opportunity to expand my network and develop myself both personally and professionally. Through joining the UH Accounting Club and working with the Pacific Asian Management Institute (PAMI), I was fortunate to meet many great people who had a positive influence on me. Through these organizations, I took every opportunity presented to me and came away having learning indispensable skills in leadership, public speaking, and project management. 

Russell Kaya

Russell Kaya

The MHRM program opened doors for me that I never knew existed. The experience you gain and the people you meet are superb. Shidler has the most organized and relevant HR programs in the state.

Michael A. Merz

Michael A. Merz

The Doctoral Program at the Shidler College of Business prepared me well for my professional academic career. At Shidler, I had the privilege of learning from internationally renowned faculty and highly talented peers. I had the opportunity to publish with my professors, teach a diverse student body, and take a wide array of courses within and outside of the college. Similarly important, being at Shidler helped me grow personally. It allowed me to experience a unique and multicultural environment where East meets West. I was able to educate my mind and my heart. For that, I will always be grateful.

Clayton Ham

Clayton Ham

Aiea, HI

Shidler has given me the opportunity to network with local professionals and other outstanding students. Without my experiences at Shidler, I would not be the same person I am today.

Melissa Archpru Akaka

Melissa Archpru Akaka

The Shidler College of Business Doctoral Program was instrumental in guiding my pursuit of a career that is centered on my passion for marketing. The array of Faculty expertise within the College provided a unique opportunity for me to explore different viewpoints and fields of study within marketing and related disciplines. This enabled me to identify interesting intersections among consumer behavior, strategy, international and service-centered research, and paved the way for my ongoing efforts to study and teach others about collaboration and value creation in markets.

Ivy Yeung

Ivy Yeung

Honolulu, Hawaii

I chose to attend Shidler because it is a top ranked program for studying International business. I received my BBA from Shidler and always knew I would return because the Faculty are very knowledgeable and their courses provide invaluable tools to understanding the dynamic business environment in the Asia-Pacific region.

Christopher Elledge

Christopher (Kit) Elledge

Lund, Sweden

Shidler has given me the opportunity to intern in Japan and at two different companies in Honolulu. I was also fortunate to work with a variety of businesses in Hawaii in several of my classes which helped foster relationships not only with my fellow classmates but with local business leaders as well. 

Ric Becker

Ric Becker

Honolulu, Hawaii

Shidler has given me the opportunity to meet so many people I never would have met otherwise. It has provided me with a skill set that I can apply in any position I serve. I can reach out, thanks to my network of Shidler Alumns, almost anywhere in the world, should I need a hand, a place to catch my breath, or to catch up with old friends.

Denis Melnik

Denis Melnik

Moscow, Russia

Shidler has given me the opportunity to acquire impressive competitive advantages, such as Japanese language, exposure to Japanese culture, deep understanding of Asian markets and working experience in Tokyo, and, the most important, I've found new close friends.

Ning (Tony) Tang

Ning (Tony) Tang

The Doctoral Program at the Shidler College of Business changed my life. My adviser and other faculty members at Shidler taught me how to be a researcher, an instructor, and more importantly, a hard working honest individual. The Program gave me rigorous training and at the same was flexible enough to allow me to develop my own research interests. I was exposed to various finance topics due to the diverse research interests of the Faculty members, who were always ready to help and welling to work with doctoral students. The entire school was very supportive to doctoral students. I benefited tremendously from the friendly environment. Without all the supports and guidance, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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Prof. Mary Lai Ping Chai

Macau (SAR)

The MAcc degree was a dynamic and broad-based program that allowed me to position myself for flexible career opportunities. The interdisciplinary training awakened my interest in conducting both analytical and empirical research. The learning experience was enriching and inspiring!

Daoping He

Daoping He

The Shidler College of Business Doctoral Program played a crucial role for my career transition to academia. A wide variety of seminars challenged the limits of my intelligence, trained my research methodology, and made me a rigorous and insightful researcher. I was able to observe renowned professors lecture and share their insightful teaching experience. I also had opportunities to teach classes and received encouraging feedback from other professors. Most importantly, I had chance to work with world-class faculty and publish with them. The professors in Shidler are enthusiastic in their research and teaching and are my role models in my academic career.

Valerie Rosenblatt

Valerie Rosenblatt

Joining the Ph.D. program at the Shidler College of Business was a life changing experience. I was given a chance to learn from the faculty who are not only world-class scholars but amazing mentors. They inspired me to develop my own research streams and provided many opportunities to collaborate on a variety of research projects. Shidler’s interdisciplinary doctoral program and expertise in international business gave me a strong and broad foundation in research and teaching, gave me a big picture and global perspective, and allowed me to develop connections across fields and countries. I was also fortunate to be a part of a multicultural and intellectually stimulating community of PhD students who became great colleagues and friends.

Brian Haagen

Brian Haagen

Vancouver, Washington

I chose to attend Shidler because I wanted to receive the best MBA education possible while also studying and developing a professional network in a place that I would love to live. Shidler is the best MBA program in Hawaii and is consistently ranked nationally as a top school for international business. All of this combined with a generous academic scholarship made the Shidler MBA the absolute best choice for my professional and personal goals.

Isaac Kaopua

Dr. Isaac Kaopua, OD

Why would a self-employed optometrist go back to school to get a Master’s in Human Resource Management? For me, it was a professional necessity. Understanding the diverse aspects of human resources is critical to running any successful business. The MHRM program helped me to create my first employee handbook. It gave me greater confidence handling human resource issues and the knowledge gives me greater peace of mind to run my business. I recommend this program to all business owners, no matter how small.

Lihua Keating

Lihua (Sandy) Keating

Shaoguan, China

I chose to attend graduate school at Shidler because of the 3/2 MAcc Program. I believe the Master’s of Accounting Program provided me a well-rounded perspective of the accounting field. Also, it allowed for a natural transition from the Bachelor’s Program into the Master’s Program at Shidler.

Ashley Kawagishi

Ashley Kawagishi

Makawao, Maui

Shidler has given me the opportunity to build a strong professional network and to develop my leadership skills through its many student organizations.

Joann Yang

Joann Yang

Honolulu, HI

Shidler has given me the opportunity to apply myself as a student before beginning my career as a professional through networking, internships, study abroad, case competitions, and leadership opportunities in clubs or Business Night.

Thomas Mattson

The PhD program at the Shidler College of Business provided me with an excellent foundation to begin my academic career. While pursuing my degree, I had the opportunity to work with excellent scholars from a variety of disciplines before focusing on information systems management. The ITM department at UH Manoa has a passion for technology and technology-related research. Much of my education came from the wonderful conversations about systems and technology I had with the faculty as a part of formal classes as well as informal discussions. Even after graduation, the ITM faculty are still offering tremendous support for me in all aspects of my academic career.

Steve Chan

Monterey Park, CA

I chose to attend Shidler because I was stationed here previously and determined that I would eventually like to start my post military career in Hawaii. The Shidler College of Business has an excellent reputation within the local business community and has a very active network of alumni and contacts that I felt would be critical in any future endeavor I would pursue here.

Robert Saito

Robert Saito

Kihei, Maui

The Shidler College of Business has given me the opportunity to pursue my entrepreneurial curiosities and improve my overall business acumen. I have met so many smart and talented people here who have inspired me to grow as a professional as well.  Through the college's resources, I have had the opportunity to participate in PACE’s entrepreneurial 6 week Summer Launchpad Program as well as a 15-week accelerator program, XLR8UH. Funding gained by these programs have helped me launch a garden tool start-up. We recently won the UH Business Plan Competition which was an excellent way to end the MBA Program!

Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson

Ithaca, NY

I chose to attend Shidler because I wanted to live and work in Hawaii and meet people who are/would be involved in the community here while receiving training and an education around some of the more technical parts of running a business.

Jason Reyes

Jason Reyes

Honolulu, HI

I chose to attend Shidler because I wanted to return to Hawaii and transition to the business side of operations. Attending Shilder allows me to gain experience and an understanding of doing business in Hawaii.  I hope to combine these skills with those that I acquired in my previous experience to contribute to Hawaii businesses and the Green Energy Initiative.

Ji Woo Kim

Ji Woo Kim

Seoul, South Korea

Shidler has given me the opportunity to network with experienced professionals, be a leader, create everlasting friendships and learn valuable lessons that have guided me and will guide me.

Skylar Powell

Skylar Powell

I was very fortunate to study in the PhD program at the Shidler College of Business. The program offers a strong theoretical and international focus coupled with top-notch methodological training. At the heart of the Shidler PhD is a faculty that truly cares about the students and can mentor and inspire you. Pursuing a PhD is a transformative experience, and if you are prepared to open your mind and put forth your best effort, the Shidler PhD program is an excellent opportunity to push yourself to achieve great things!

Kim Shima

I am grateful for the help and guidance of Dr. David Yang and the other professors that I had while going through the Doctoral Program at the Shidler College of Business. The outcome of the College’s graduate program relies on the knowledge and passion of the faculty who teach and guide the students through the process. With their help, I was able to move on to the next chapter in my life and for this I am forever in their debt.

Kristi Inkinen

Kristi Inkinen

After making the difficult decision to return back to school to further my education in 2002, I was please to discover the newly created MHRM program at the University of Hawaii and was honored to be a member of the first graduating cohort class. The MHRM program gave me the extensive human resources knowledge to be successful as an HR professional in the staffing industry. The accelerated timeframe of the program with evening and weekend class schedules accommodates my work priorities perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for a better Master’s program!

Jori-Anne Jasper

Jori-Anne Jasper

Lihue, Kaua’i

Shidler has given me the opportunity to be apart of the Asian Field Study Program - Summer 2012. Traveling abroad was a great experience and one I will never forget. I was able to make lasting relationships with people in the business sector here in Hawai’i, which has made all the difference as I start my own career. The many events helped me connect with Shidler Alumni and business professionals. I am truly honored to now call myself a Shidler Alumni, and I can’t wait to give back to this wonderful college!

Amanda Anderson

Amanda Anderson

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Shidler has given me the opportunity to expand my education in topics I never thought I could have mastered. I was able to take mandarin, travel to Vietnam to work with a Vietnamese company, interact with alumni and top executives here in Hawaii, and intern with the Small Business Development Center.

Fayez Rumi

Fayez Rumi

Honolulu, Hawaii

My time at Shidler has truly been a defining experience that I am now able to leverage towards my current ambitions and initiatives.

Bowha Kang

Bowha Kang

Honolulu, Hawaii

Shidler has given me the opportunity to grow as an individual while providing me with the appropriate tools to excel in a classroom setting and by providing opportunities to help develop myself as an accounting professional. During my years at Shidler, I have met many great people that made a positive impact on my life and as I enter the business world I look forward to giving back to the college as a professional.

Greg Stone

Greg Stone

The University of Hawaii’s PhD program is great! There was never a dull moment while I was in the program, whether it was rushing to class, cramming late at night for test or trying to get to the beach for a couple hours of fun on the weekend. There was a lot of camaraderie among the participants and we all still keep in contact. UH is a great place to study!

Lan Yao

Lan Yao

Beijing, China

I worked in the Hotel/Tourism industry for 4 years before joining Shidler’s MBA program. The program has given me an opportunity to strengthen my knowledge to the other business functions such as economics, finance, and business policies. With the skills that I have built through this program, I was able to find a new career path with financial services.

Aurencio Seguritan

Aurencio “Ren” Seguritan

New York, NY

I chose to attend Shidler because Hawaii represented a unique opportunity in terms of its location and business culture.  Its location provides the potential to develop business relationships not only in Hawaii but also in Asia.  I wanted the challenge of entering into the business community in Hawaii while having access to the global reach of its network in Asia. Shidler represented the best network of alumni and friends of the College for me to enter into the Hawaii business community.