HPU Welcomes Two Additional Fulbright Recipients
August 02, 2012
HONOLULU - Two newly announced Fulbright scholarship recipients will raise to four the number of those scholars at Hawai‘i Pacific University this fall and add to the university’s legacy of success with Fulbright programs.
Ola Al-Kinani, from Iraq, has been accepted into HPU’s MBA program, while Kristin Wolff of Germany will be a study-abroad participant at HPU for two semesters.
Another recent Fulbright recipient, Kelly Ratana of New Zealand, will begin this fall as a Marine Science graduate student at HPU. Also this fall, returning Fulbright student Tanja Kaiser of Germany continues graduate studies in the Communication program.
Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. The program actively seeks out individuals of achievement and potential who represent the full diversity of their respective societies and selects nominees through open, merit-based competitions. Selection for the Fulbright program emphasizes leadership potential, academic and professional excellence, and commitment to mutual understanding.
“We look forward to welcoming these international students to our HPU ohana this fall,” said Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Andrew Brittain. “These four outstanding global citizens from Germany, Iraq and New Zealand will add to the rich diversity of cultures already present at HPU, and join more than 1,000 international students from nations around the world.”
HPU’s multicultural population has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, which lists it as one of the top universities in the western region with the most international students.
According Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., HPU’s Fulbright program advisor and incoming president of the Fulbright Association’s Hawai‘i chapter, “All Fulbrighters share a strong academic background, leadership potential, a passion for mutual understanding among nations and cultures, and the adaptability and flexibility to pursue their proposed Fulbright project successfully.”