Foreign Journalists Converge in Hawaiʻi

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An organization of 28 public and private schools, colleges and universities dedicated to increasing the enrollment of international students in Hawaiʻi along with the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and the Study Hawaiʻi Educational Consortium, announces a press and media tour of six journalists from Asia, Europe and South AmericaThe tour will take place during the week of Nov. 12 to 18, during International Education Week.

Journalists from Ei! Magazine by Belta of Brazil; EL Gazette and PIE News of the UK; Ryugaku Journal and Mainichi Newspapers of Japan; and Studying Abroad Online China will participate in the mission.

In honor of International Education Week, Gov. David Ige will sign a proclamation to recognize the contributions of foreign students to Hawaiʻi’s economy and culture.

The signing will take place on Nov.14, in the Ceremonial Room, Governor’s Office, Hawai‘i State Capitol.


According to DBEDT’s 2017 Hawaiʻi International Education Survey, Hawaiʻi hosted 10,800 students from 27 institutions during the 2016-17 academic year, down from 12,200 students from 31 institutions during the 2015-16 academic year.

The total direct economic financial impact of international students for the State of Hawaiʻi was an estimated $225.3 million in 2016-17, down from $302 million in 2015-16.

This amount includes tuition and fees plus living expenses. In addition to the direct impact, other economic benefits of international students in Hawaiʻi for the 2016-17 period included:

  • $484 million added to the state’s total economic output, including direct, indirect, and induced effects
  • $32 million in state taxes generated from the total economic output
  • $192 million in household earnings attributed to foreign students
  • 5,093 jobs supported by foreign students’ spending
  • $24,139 overall average annual per student spending

The journalists’ mission is designed, in part, to counter the downward trend in international students studying in Hawaiʻi, by showcasing Hawaiʻi’s educational assets and unique features under the overall theme—“Hawaiʻi, the Best Classroom in the World!”


The group will visit various sites including Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Iolani School for presentations by Study Hawaiʻi member institutions, Coconut Island Marine Research facility, MidPacific Institute, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, UH Maui College, the Institute for Astronomy at Haleakalā, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Hawaiʻi Prep Academy and Hawaiʻi Community College.

“Hawaiʻi’s educational institutions host a diverse group of students from all over the globe,” said DBEDT Director Luis Salaveria. “While Japan remains the top country of origin for Hawaiʻi’s international students, students from Korea and China show tremendous potential for growth.”

DBEDT recently established the Study Hawaiʻi Ambassador Program, which is estimated to host to more than 25,000 students for school excursions and other education-related travel from Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea.  As a result, the students become well aware of the various educational offerings and institutions available in Hawaiʻi.

“Students who participate in the program receive an official certificate recognizing them as Study Hawaiʻi Ambassadors,” said Dennis Ling, administrator of DBEDT’s Business Development and Support Division. “This approach spreads the word on Hawaiʻi with authentic peer-to-peer, often viral, multiple channel distribution of information about Hawaiʻi as a premiere study destination.”


More information about Study Hawaiʻi may be found at

The “Economic Impact of International Students in Hawaiʻi – 2017 Update” may be downloaded here.

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