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The College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts of the Territory of Hawaiʻi was founded in 1907 and became the University of Hawaiʻi in 1920 with the addition of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1972 the original campus in the Mānoa Valley of Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu was designated as the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to distinguish it from the other units in the growing statewide University of Hawaiʻi System. Today UH Mānoa is the flagship unit of the ten campus UH System and the only institution in Hawaiʻi with a Carnegie Classification of R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and Universities Commission. A total of 58 professional programs are also accredited by appropriate agencies.


The mission of the University of Hawai‘i System is to offer quality college and university education and training; create knowledge through research and scholarship; provide service through extension, technical assistance, and training; contribute to the cultural heritage of the community; and respond to state needs. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is the leading research institution in the state of Hawaiʻi. Its leaders and faculty strive for excellence in teaching, research, and public service.

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Leadership for UH Mānoa is provided by a Chancellor and four Vice Chancellors with responsibilities for academic affairs, research, students, and administration, finance & operations. The instructional and research responsibilities are carried out in 18 colleges and schools each headed by an academic dean and 55 organized research centers, institutes, programs and offices headed by a director.

Selected Areas of Excellence

UH Mānoa has widely recognized strengths in tropical agriculture, tropical medicine, oceanography, astronomy, electrical engineering, volcanology, evolutionary biology, comparative philosophy, comparative religion, Hawaiian studies, Asian studies, Pacific Islands studies, and Asian and Pacific region public health. UH Mānoa offers instruction in more languages than any U.S. institution outside the Department of State.


In the fall semester of 2015, 18,865 students were studying at UH Mānoa towards bachelor’s degrees in 100 different bachelor degree programs, 85 master’s degree programs, 58 doctorate programs and first professional degrees. Of this total, 13,689 were undergraduates and 5,176 were enrolled in graduate and/or professional degree programs such as architecture, law, and medicine. The self-reported racial/ethnic breakdown of the undergraduate students was: Black 226; American Indian or Alaska Native 43; Hispanic/Latino 297; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2,347; Asian 5,464; White 2,737; and Multiracial 2,077. Fifty-four percent of the undergraduate students are female.


The educational, research, and service role of UH Mānoa is carried out by a staff of 6,259 that includes 2,689 faculty, 1,405 Administrative, Professional and Technical (APT) staff, 88 Executive and Management personnel, 1,290 Graduate Assistants and 787 Civil Service staff. The academic staff is well qualified, with 90.2% of instructional faculty holding a doctorate or other terminal degree. In addition, 45.8% of the instructional faculty at UH Mānoa are female and 48.3% are members of minority groups. In the fall semester of 2015, the faculty to student ratio for undergraduates was 12.7 to 1.


As the only publicly funded institution of higher education in the state, the University of Hawai‘i System receives the bulk of its operating budget via an annual appropriation from the Hawai‘i State Legislature. For Fiscal Year 2016, total operating expenses for the UH Mānoa campus are estimated at $600,244,228. Of this amount, $219,617,318 will be from state general funds and the remaining $380,626,910 will come from tuition and fees, research & training funds, and other special and revolving funds.

Research Funding

During Fiscal Year 2015, the University of Hawai‘i System received $425 million in extramural grant and contract awards for research and training, an increase of 8.5% over the previous year. Of this amount, $306 million or 72% was award to UH Mānoa. The largest supporters of research include federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Commerce, Energy, Interior and Agriculture. In Fiscal Year 2015, the largest recipient of extramural funding was the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST) followed by the John A. Burns School of Medicine, the College of Natural Sciences, and the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center.

Research Support

Faculty and staff in the academic colleges, professional schools, and organized research units are assisted by a range of research support services including the Office of Research Services (ORS), the Office of Research Compliance (ORC), the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (OTTED), and the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi (RCUH). Additional guidance to research investigators is provided by the Human Studies Program (HSP), Biosafety Program (BSP), Animal Welfare Program (AWP), and Responsible Conduct of Research Program (RCRP).

Information Technology

A new $41M, 74K square foot state-of-the-art Information Technology Center opened in December 2013. This six-story Information Technology Center houses enterprise information and communications technology systems and services that support modern teaching, administration and research for all ten UH campuses and students throughout the state of Hawai‘i. The building features an energy-efficient disaster-hardened, 8,000-square-foot data center for enterprise servers, storage and communications, high-quality space for faculty to develop digital content, meeting and training rooms with teleconferencing capabilities and an emergency situation room to support UH disaster response. The sustainable building design meets LEED Silver certification standards and houses the UH Information Technology Services (ITS) support staff.

A new $1.8M high performance computer cluster is available for researchers across the UH System. The Cray CS300 cluster consists of two types of nodes: 178 standard nodes each with two Intel Xeon E5-2680v2 “Ivy Bridge” 10-core, 2.8GHz processors, a total of 20 cores, 6.7GB memory/core and 128GB total memory. Six “high-memory nodes” have four E5-4640v2 “Ivy Bridge” 10-core, 2.2GHz processors, 40 cores total, 25GB per core, 1TB/node. The system has 3,600 processors and 22.7TB memory. Raw performance is over 380 teraflops and 70 teraflops of LINPAC benchmark performance. Short term storage consists of a 600TB Lustre parallel file system with a 4.5GB/s average of read and write performance. The system has been designed with expansion capabilities to include both GPU nodes and accelerators.

Library and Special Collection

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library contains 3.1 million books and bound serial volumes housed in two buildings, the Hamilton and Sinclair Libraries. Another 132,374 E-books, 49,391 electronic journal subscriptions and 237 active databases are available online for the use of students and faculty. The Hamilton Library contains the majority of the research collections in all subjects including the Rare Books and Special Collections. Sinclair Library contains the Wong Audiovisual Center and the music collection. In addition, the library houses one of the primary collections of research reference materials on Asia and the Pacific in the United States. This collection receives materials in 17 Asian languages, as well as English and other Western languages. The Pacific Collection contains more than 100,000 volumes and is particularly noteworthy for its legal publications from Pacific Island nations. The UH Mānoa Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and ranks 88 out of 115 institutions on its Libraries Investment Index. The two libraries are maintained by a staff of 47 faculty librarians, 89 support staff and 46 student assistants and a $14.4 million annual operating and acquisitions budget.

International Focus

UH Mānoa has been involved in international education and research for more than 90 years. The university’s role in global exchange of academic and technical knowledge and resources builds upon its multinational faculty, institutional competence in selected fields, and the comparative advantages provided by the location and environmental diversity of Hawaiʻi. In addition, UH Mānoa ranks among the leading American institutions of higher education in terms of the number of foreign scholars on its staff and foreign students enrolled in its various academic programs. Currently over 1,200 international students from 82 countries are enrolled at UH Mānoa with the majority coming from the Asia and the Pacific region. UH Mānoa maintains international exchange and partnership agreements with 138 overseas universities and research centers. In 2013, UH Mānoa became a member of APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities), expanding and strengthening its ties with other top-ranked comprehensive research universities in Asia, Oceania, and the west coast of the Americas.

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The College of Social Sciences (CSS) is located in Honolulu on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. CSS is comprised of 14 departments and programs: Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Sciences Research Institute, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, and Women's Studies and offers a doctoral degree in 8 of these programs. As one of the larger units on campus, CSS has approximately 1,820 undergraduate and graduate students and 150 faculty members and staff. CSS is also the academic lead of the Daniel K. Inouye Initiative for Democratic Leadership which is designed to inspire and advance public understanding of Hawai'i and U.S. political history, democracy and government, public service leadership, democratic ideals and global awareness.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE Research institute


The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) serves as the sponsored research division of the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences. As such, all contracts and grants awarded to faculty in the College of Social Sciences are administered by SSRI. SSRI also facilitates and supports interdisciplinary, applied research that addresses critical social, environmental, and economic problems primarily in Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific region. This is done through collaboration with faculty and students throughout the University of Hawaiʻi and with other educational and research institutions, regional and international organizations, the private sector, and federal, state, and county agencies. It is supported largely by contracts and grants from public agencies and private organizations. SSRI provides practical experience to students at UH Mānoa through involvement in research, planning, and training projects. Institute staff provide county, state, and federal agencies and local community groups in Hawaiʻi with training and technical assistance. SSRI also works with instructional units to integrate their research efforts into courses offered at UH Mānoa.

Currently, SSRI projects focus on these areas of inquiry: telecommunication and information policy; crime, drug abuse and public safety; resources and sustainable development; health services and health policy; and culture, language and social problems. SSRI cooperatively manages the UH Economic Research Organization (UHERO) with the Department of Economics and the Hui ʻĀina Momona program with the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. The Telecommunications and Social Informatics Research Program (TASI), Center for Oral History, Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative Research Program, and the Office for Evaluation and Needs Assessment Services, which provides needs assessment and research evaluation services, are also administered by SSRI.


SSRI is housed on the 7th Floor of Saunders Hall on the UH Mānoa campus. The Institute maintains a full complement of PC and Macintosh computers and has direct access to the UH System's UNIX computer network and the World Wide Web. The Institute also supports a Video Conference Center and is tied to the Hawaiʻi Interactive Television system (HITS). SSRI is a hosting site for the Pan-Pacific Education and Communication Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT), a public service satellite telecommunications network linking educational institutions, regional organizations, and governments in the Pacific Islands region. The Institute maintains some of the most extensive collections of materials on futures research, disaster mitigation, coastal zone management, oral history, and juvenile delinquency, in Hawai‘i.

Staff and Extramural Funding

SSRI is staffed by eleven fulltime FTE, which includes the director, associate director, assistant to the director, contract and grants specialist, grant development specialist, three fiscal administrators, and three fiscal and administrative support specialists. The volume of research and training contracts and grants have been increasing steadily for the Social Science Research Institute and currently stands at $16.5 million per year.

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