As the first agricultural college in the English-speaking world, the RAC/RAU has been in a strong position to draw students from overseas since its foundation in 1845.
The ‘History of International Students at the RAC/RAU’ display, housed in the library foyer, casts a brief look over the history of international students at the RAC, and some of the things these students have done on completing their time here.
Even in the late 19th and early 20th century, some of the wealthiest students travelled from the Far East to study at the RAU – as can be seen from the College Notes in the Agricultural Students’ Gazettes of the time.
From 1914-1926 & 1939-1946 the RAC was closed due to the 2 World Wars.
From 1946-1980, the list of overseas students is very impressive – particularly for the 1960s and 70s.
In 1990 there were 69 overseas students from 20 countries at the RAC, and in 2013 there were 90 studying on campus plus a further five visiting from China for two terms.
The image below shows the RAC College Group, Summer 1890, with Prince Johan Kuhio Kalaniana’ole of Hawaii 2nd from left in bottom row.
Prince Johan Kuhio Kalaniana’ole of Hawaii, RAC student in 1890, became an eminent politician in the US Congress.