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Hawaii Tokai International College

Hawaii Tokai International College

Hawaii Tokai International College


Established in 1992 as an American two-year liberal arts college, Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC) is located in the city of Kapolei. HTIC, which is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), is the only American campus of the Tokai University Educational System of Japan. HTIC reflects the combined educational philosophies of TES founder, Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae, and Dr. Richard Kosaki, University of Hawaii Chancellor Emeritus, former professor and founder of the UH Community College System. Both men shared a strong belief in active education through which students not only acquire knowledge, but also develop critical thinking, communication skills, and the intellectual curiosity to be lifelong learners.

As a scientist, Dr. Matsumae believed that a strong liberal arts education would contribute to a moral and social consciousness necessary for an increasingly technologically advanced world. His experiences in World War II led him to also believe that an internationally oriented education was the best route to lasting world peace. As such, the Tokai University Educational System (TES) is an extensive network of educational and research institutions throughout Japan, with facilities also located in Denmark and Austria. Hawaii’s unique geographic location and rich multicultural milieu have made it the perfect place for TES’s American campus.

Thus it is that HTIC exemplifies and reflects Dr. Matsumae’s beliefs. Although Japanese owned, HTIC is an accredited American liberal art junior college. In founding HTIC, Dr. Kosaki drew upon the Tokai mission of world peace and set as the College’s goal an international student body that would study and live together in a learning community.

Community Participation

All students at HTIC are encouraged to participate in the local community and over the years have volunteered at community centers, schools, daycare facilities, farmers markets, beach cleanups and at events such as the Hawaii International Film Festival, the Great Aloha Run and the Honolulu Marathon. Opportunities for firsthand observation and participation in the business community and local government exists as well.

In addition to HTIC’s educational programs, the college participates in the life of the community by sharing its facilities with groups wishing to hold workshops, seminars, conferences, and training.

As Hawaii moves deeper into the 21st century, institutions such as HTIC will play a vital role creating the international bridges required for all who seek to become articulate and culturally aware of the “global village.” Just as HTIC is young, energetic and committed to providing students with these bridges to improve their lives, HTIC is dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas among scholars, researchers, government, and business leaders on a variety of topics and issues. In doing so, HTIC hopes to continue to be an active part of the West Oahu community, contributing in many positive ways to its dynamism and growth – just as multicultural Hawaii has provided HTIC’s international students and visitors a venue in which to experience the warm spirit of Aloha.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

HTIC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes are rooted in its mission to nurture students to become productive global citizens. These learning outcomes are an integral part of the courses, programs, services, and activities of the College. All courses offered at HTIC incorporate, as appropriate, these learning outcomes.

(In addition, selected classes are designated each term as “intensive” classes and stress these three specific outcomes: writing, oral communication, and/or cooperative learning.)

Effective Communication Skills

Students read analytically, listen discerningly, and communicate clearly, effectively, and creatively in both written and oral forms in a manner appropriate to the audience, situation, and context.

The areas of skills, knowledge, and values comprising this Institutional Learning Outcome in which students must achieve are:

  • Oral
  • Written
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Intellectual and Practical Skills

Intellectual and Practical Skills

Students demonstrate intellectual and practical skills in different contexts and fields, interpreting and offering reasoned solutions to problems encountered both in the classroom and beyond.

Students conduct quantitative and scientific analyses and evaluate reasoning, claims, or information. Students also demonstrate creativity and an informed appreciation of the arts.

The areas of skills, knowledge, and values comprising this Institutional Learning Outcome in which students must achieve are:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Creativity
  • Information and Technology Literacy
  • Aesthetic Appreciation
  • Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship

Students demonstrate a sense of awareness beyond the self that includes an appreciation of diversity and multilingualism. Students also practice cooperation, ethical behavior, and other behaviors that contribute to global understanding and world peace.

The areas of skills, knowledge, and values comprising this Institutional Learning Outcome in which students must achieve are:

  • Cross-cultural Understanding
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Second-language Proficiency
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Understanding Issues of World Peace


HTIC offers four academic terms each year. New students may choose to begin their studies at the start of any our four 10-week terms: Fall (September/October), Winter (January), Spring (April) or Summer (June/July)


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    Farrington Highway,91-971, 96707, Kapolei