The unique Frontier Market Scouts® program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies has won the Ashoka U - Cordes Innovation Award, given to innovative university programs focused on promoting social entrepreneurship.
The Monterey Institute community celebrates 2012 as a year of great achievements and is looking forward to a new year filled with possibilities and promise.
Picking the top five news stories of the year was especially difficult this time around, but we have chosen five important stories, listed by date:
At 59, Steve Hoberg had built his own successful manufacturing company and seen his three children through college. After turning management of the company over to his partner, he felt he was ready for a new chapter in his career and the Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program at the Monterey Institute seemed like the perfect fit.
In the spirit of the season of giving thanks in the United States, members of the Monterey Institute community are sharing expressions of gratitude. We continue our series with a common sighting on the Monterey campus – friends from different continents.
For many Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience and a deeper understanding of a particular subject, and/or to enhance their language skills. The courses and immersive learning opportunities offered for the 2013 winter (or “J-term”) are a wonderful reflection of the vibrant academic environment created by the unique Monterey Institute community.
Monterey Institute students flocked to a wide range of workshops and discussions offered across campus all day on Career Focus Day. They took advantage of opportunities to explore their strengths, learn about different career paths, improve presentation skills, get tips on alumni networking and starting they own business, learn about incorporating social media into job searches, and stretchwork in sessions throughout the day.
"One of the things I love most about MIIS students is their extreme hunger for practical advice," says Kent Glenzer, associate professor of organizational behavior and development. Despite impressive academic credentials such as a Ph.D. and an Ivy League degree, until he got the call from the Monterey Institute last year, Kent had not seen himself as an academic.
The moment I stepped onto Tobacco Caye, I felt like I had found a small slice of paradise. The vibrant, yet small fishing community off the southern coast of Belize is amazingly beautiful and astounding.
The Frontier Market Scouts program at the Monterey Institute selects and trains aspiring professionals who are seeking a career in social venture and impact investing. This year, the program has placed over 20 people in 13 countries, working with social enterprises, impact investment funds and social accelerator programs for a period of two to six months.
The fall 2012 class at MIIS is one of the largest incoming classes in the 57-year history of the Institute, at 420 students. The group includes students hailing from 35 countries and speaking 28 languages.