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hawaii, university of

state university system of Hawaii, U.S., consisting of three universities and seven community colleges. Its main campus is the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Originally known as the College of Hawaii, it opened in 1907 in temporary headquarters in downtown Honolulu and offered instruction in agriculture and the mechanical arts. The college moved to Manoa Valley in 1912. In 1920, with the addition of a college of arts and sciences, it was elevated to university status. Manoa is a comprehensive land-grant university offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctorates in more than 50 fields. The campus is also home to a law school and the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Institutes include the Pacific Biomedical Research Center and the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Total enrollment at the Manoa campus is about 18,000.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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