Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Tsuneo Akaha: Promoting the Monterey Way in Russia and Kyrgyzstan

March 8, 2010

Over the last several years, I have introduced the Monterey Way of teaching and learning at universities in Russia and Kyrgyzstan as advisor to newly established International Relations programs in Perm, Ekaterinburg, and now Bishkek. The Monterey method promotes innovative teaching methods to facilitate active student learning through presentations, debates, panel discussions, group research projects, simulations, and other interactive methods.

It is so gratifying to see the Monterey model energizing Russian and Kyrgyz faculty and students as they learn to discuss international and global problems in an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance. "Top-down" lectures are being replaced by "mutual teaching and learning." After a workshop with students at Bishkek, a student came up to me to tell me, “I am so glad we can learn from each other, not just listen to the lecturers reading their notes.” Yes, that’s the Monterey way!

Tsuneo Akaha
Professor Akaha (center) with his students from Perm, Russia. He will visit Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in April to continue promoting the Monterey Way.

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