Make Way for the Neighbors
By: Laura McDowell
Have you ever noticed that big empty dirt lot next to the main parking lot while driving onto the West O’ahu campus this morning? Believe it or not my friends, that lot will be the new Hawai’i Tokai International College campus. UH West O’ahu’s new neighbors will not only build a fully functional college campus on their six-acre lot, but a residential area as well. The apartments and townhouses are said to house up to 200 students at a time and half of the complex will be reserved for HTIC students only. Tokai College purchased the acres from UH for approximately $6 million. The new college is one of the largest private college systems in Japan, reaching 10 campuses total.
Although Tokai will have a completely separate campus from UH West O’ahu, it is planned that the two campuses will offer classes that are easily transferrable. These classes are not set in stone yet, but the possibilities could be Japanese language or cultural art classes. HTIC is open to students from any country. U.S. students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher can be eligible for a tuition deduction of up to 50% and U.S. students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher are eligible for a tuition deduction of 75%.
Some quick facts about HTIC are that their graduation rate is at 89.5% and 92% of all of their credits offered are transferrable to other Hawai’i universities and mainland colleges. Tokai also offers three programs. First is the college prep program, where out of state students will learn English as their second language. Secondly, they offer an Associates of Arts degree (Liberal Arts) and lastly, there are international programs. These programs include but are not limited to traveling abroad in Japan, Korea and China. Students are also offered to finish their first two years at HTIC and then continue to get their Bachelor’s degree at another college institute. The date for the completion of the new campus has not been yet determined.
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