I am really lucky to have a job and even more lucky to have one in the field I wanted to work in, doing the work I enjoy in a way that follows my values.
After earning an undergraduate degree in economics, I spent two years in Jamaica with the Peace Corps. When I returned to the U.S. in 2005, I worked for a non-profit that was not internationally focused. While the experience was worthwhile, I felt a desire to get back into international development work.
Winter Commencement at the Monterey Institute of International Studies was held at the historic Golden State Theater on Saturday, December 11th. Friends and family of the 102 graduates from 21 countries celebrated on a gorgeous sunny day in Monterey.
Mahabat Baimyrzaeva, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management, spent her youth in the libraries of Kyrgyzstan, reading whatever she could get her hands on. While her interests varied, her passion for learning drove her to obtain a doctorate degree in the U.S. Considering Maha's eclectic background, it’s no surprise she is attracted to the Casa Fuente Building.
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For some, the value of combining an MBA degree with service in the Peace Corps might seem less than obvious. At the Monterey Institute of International Studies, however, the two have been combined successfully for 15 years now under the auspices of the Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) program and the Fisher International MBA program.
Yu-ling connects her illicit trade coursework with the issue of urban-rural migration in China.
Originally from Hong Kong, Yu-ling Elaine Lai is currently an anthropology major at Skidmore College. She has studied abroad in the Czech republic, learning to speak Czech almost fluently, and volunteered in many countries. In the future, she hopes to conduct further research on Chinese rural-urban immigrant workers.
The Monterey Institute‘s Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) and the American University in Cairo (AUC) will launch a new joint 10-day training program next January. The program will be hosted and sponsored by the AUC as part of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by MIIS President Sunder Ramaswamy and AUC President David Arnold last spring.
Three nationally-recognized leaders will address current issues in international trade policy, including America’s global economic engagement, the significance of manufacturing and the future of U.S. – China trade, in a public lecture series hosted by the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Global Trade and Development Initiative. Each speaker will address the topic of “American Business in the World Today” from individual perspectives informed by their extensive experience within both government trade policy circles and private industry.
Four Monterey Institute students on three continents worked to give a voice to the voiceless this summer through the 2010 Fellowship for Peace program linking promising graduate students to social change projects in the developing world. Their fellowships were organized and supported by the Advocacy Project, a Washington D.C. based non-profit with the mission of helping marginalized communities tell their story, claim their rights and produce social change.
It had been a long day of working with country paper authors as part of the project Making Infrastructure Work for the Poor, funded by the government of Japan through UNDP in New York. I had written a background paper and was advising country authors from Bangladesh, Senegal, Thailand and Zambia.