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Economic Development @ Mānoa

Our Strategic Imperatives


Our share of the Gross State Product increases from 3 to 4 percent.

The percentage of adults in Hawai‘i with post-secondary degrees increases annually.

Our rates of invention disclosures and intellectual property commercialization agreements rank in the top quartile of universities surveyed by the Association of University Technology Managers.

  • Educate a highly skilled, flexible, world-class labor force.
  • Enhance human capital and knowledge infrastructure, technology, and the integration of Hawai‘i into the global economy.
  • Expand the funded research enterprise.
  • Strengthen public and private partnerships.
  • Promote research applications, commercialization of intellectual property rights, and entrepreneurship.
  • Create employment opportunities for students both on campus and in the community.
  • Respect indigenous intellectual and cultural property rights.
  • Promote environmentally and culturally sensitive economic development in services, high technology, diversified agriculture, tourism, and emerging sectors.
  • Increase student enrollment and recruit a greater percentage of non-residents.
  • Partner with the Department of Education to improve the overall effectiveness of public education in Hawai‘i.
  • Manage all funds efficiently and effectively.