- Associated Press - Friday, December 5, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Two universities in Hawaii and Indonesia are going to jointly offer dual degrees from their institutions.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa said Thursday it is partnering with Indonesia’s first private university, Universitas Islam Indonesia, on the project.

Students who complete the 2-and-a-half-year program will receive both a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Manoa and a Master of Science in Earthquake Engineering Management from UII.

The program will rely on UII’s strengths in structural, geological and transportation engineering and Manoa’s expertise in social, economic, environmental and policy issues.

Manoa Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Reed Dasenbrock says the program will prepare students to meet crucial needs in disaster prevention and mitigation in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country.

The program is scheduled to begin next fall.

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