Education Program Overview

Student Programs: Funding to participate in the residential, educational, cultural, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study (and for selected programs, undergraduate study) at the University of Hawai‘i.


   Leadership Programs:  Innovative, graduate-level certificate programs  
   that combine the development of regional expertise with the  
   enhancement of individual leadership skills.


The AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools: Supports teaching and learning about Asia and the Pacific region across the K-12 curriculum.


The Asian Studies Development Program: Designed for faculty in primarily undergraduate institutions who seek high quality opportunities for faculty development to expand their intellectual and pedagogical horizons beyond their academic training.

   The Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP)
   developed out of the Center's International Forum for Education 2020,
   which was initiated to address the need for new paradigms in education
   that will respond to transforming economic, social and cultural changes.

The Brunei-U.S. English Language Enrichment Program for ASEAN is a new initiative aimed at strengthening ASEAN's integration and global engagement by raising the level of English language skills and regional knowledge in ASEAN countries.

The East-West Center (EWC) is at the forefront of educating people of the Asia Pacific region to meet the evolving demands of global change. Since its founding in 1960, the Center has promoted the development of a stable, prosperous, and peaceful Asia Pacific community through programs of cooperative study, training, and research.

As the ever-expanding reach of globalization presents societies with newfound opportunities and unfamiliar challenges, the need for regional cooperation and community building among nations has never been greater. This is an era of increasing social, economic, and technological interdependence in which leaders in every arena must possess regional literacy, knowledge based on multi-cultural perspectives, and a shared sense of community.

The thread of cooperative study runs through all Education programs, whether conducted on campus or off, in the classroom or in the field, for students or for professionals. This concept views learning as a collaborative process to which each person contributes knowledge, experience, and perspective to benefit all participants. It recognizes the importance of establishing a basis for the comfortable exchange of ideas by building an environment of openness and trust, of shared community.

The EWC is unique among international institutions in its focus on community building at the campus level as a stepping-stone to community building at the regional level. While at the Center, participants learn, work and live together, and together extend helping hands to the local community. The East-West Center experience is one of grassroots relationship building, cultural exchange, shared experiences, and communal preparation for future leadership roles throughout the region.

Under the leadership of the Director of Education, the Education Program offers a range of educational opportunities for students, professionals, and educators. A distinctive aspect of the Center's educational program is its emphasis on the value of international dialogue on regional issues and common problems in the Asia Pacific. The pursuit of knowledge in specific fields is enhanced through activities that foster understanding across disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries.