EWC/EWCA Alumni Awards

Congratulations to this year’s alumni award recipients, who will be presented with their awards at the alumni conference in Seoul in August. The honorees are being recognized for their outstanding personal accomplishments and service toward the Center’s mission of helping to promote better relations and understanding among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and the United States.

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Manila Conference Report

Dear East-West Center Alumni:

Many participants have remarked that our recent 2016 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Manila, Philippines was one of the Center’s most informative and enjoyable alumni conferences to date! Close to 300 EWC alumni, friends and colleagues from 22 countries gathered at the historic Manila Hotel for the conference held on January 15-17 (view photo galleries and videos).

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East-West Center to Honor Distinguished Alumni at Manila Conference in January

HONOLULU (Dec. 16, 2015) – The East-West Center has announced the names of EWC alumni, volunteers and alumni chapters that will be honored at the Center’s upcoming international alumni conference in Manila, Philippines Jan. 15-17, 2016. The honorees are being recognized for their outstanding personal accomplishments and service toward the Center’s mission of helping to promote better relations and understanding among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and the United States.
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Deadline approaching – 2016 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Manila

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Date: January 15-17, 2016

Venue: Manila Hotel, located at One Rizal Park, 0913, Manila, Philippines

Theme: “Bridging Diverse Cultures towards an Inclusive Asia Pacific Community”

Make plans to join international colleagues at the East-West Center/East-West Center Association international conference in Manila, Philippines.

Deadline for Early Registration and Call for Papers is August 15, 2015.

Register now to guarantee the early registration rate of $300 for EWCA members. Registration fee includes Opening Ceremony, Welcome Reception, Cultural Performances, Aloha Dinner, Lunches, Coffee Breaks, a Half-Day Tour, all Program Sessions and Conference Materials. Rate increases on August 16th.

If you are interested in presenting a paper during the conference, be sure to submit your abstract by August 15th. You must be a registered conference participant for your abstract to be considered.

To register and for information about the conference, go to www.eastwestcenter.org/manila2016.

Questions – Email: manila2016@eastwestcenter.org Phone: 1-808-944-7506
Organized by the East-West Center (EWC), East-West Center Association (EWCA), and EWC Alumni Association Philippines (EWCAAP).

Okinawa Conference Report

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More than 300 EWC alumni, friends and colleagues from 28 countries gathered at the 2014 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Naha, Okinawa on Sept. 17-19, 2014.The conference program on the theme of “Developing a Peaceful and Sustainable Asia Pacific Community” featured more than 100 presenters involved in substantive panels and expert discussions on a range of key regional topics, as well as a special luncheon honoring EWC’s 2014 distinguished alumni and volunteers.

(View videos from the conference.)
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“The very first EWC student to step off the boat in 1960, the late Abdul Zia … once observed that at the East-West Center there are no foreigners,” Center President Charles E. Morrison said in the conference’s keynote address. “I always found that very apt, both as a description of a reality and as an aspiration for how we want it always to be … we are one family, sharing a dream together as we navigate toward a destiny of a better region and better world.”

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Asia Pacific Scholars,Officials and Business Leaders Gathered at East-West Center Conference in Beijing

About 300 scholars, officials, educators and business leaders from more than 25 areas all over Asia, the Pacific and the U.S. gathered at Peking University in Beijing Sept. 1-3 for an East-West Center international conference on the theme of “Community Building and Leadership in Asia Pacific.”

The conference featured more than 100 substantive presentations and panels on current regional topics, including international relations, economics, environment, education, arts and culture, health, and much more. The Honorable Gary Locke, United States Ambassador to the PRC, gave the keynote address.
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East-West Center Honors Distinguished Alumni

The East-West Center and EWC Alumni Association will recognize six outstanding alumni and two alumni chapters for their exceptional accomplishments and service at the EWC/EWCA International Conference in Beijing, Sept. 1-3 at Peking University.

Recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award are:
Senen Bacani, former Philippines Secretary of Agriculture under President Corazon Aquino and current Chairman and President of La Frutera, Inc., the Philippines’ largest banana exporter.  Bacani established his successful company in the autonomous region of Mindanao helping to bring jobs to the war-torn region. He envisioned La Frutera as a model of how Muslims and Christians can work together.

Amanda Ellis, New Zealand’s Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in charge of international development. Ellis formerly served as Lead Specialist for Gender and Development for the World Bank, where she played a vital role in economically empowering women in an impressive number of the world’s developing countries.
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