Winter Commencement: 102 Students from 21 Countries Celebrate Degrees

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.

Holiday Spirit: MBA Students Support the Monterey Boys and Girls Clubs

For graduate students at the Monterey Institute, December is a time of long days and nights spent writing papers, studying for exams, or preparing for group presentations. But most students still find time to get into the holiday spirit and for a group of MBA students, that means giving back to the community.

Conservation Leadership Practicum Slideshow

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Maha Baimyrzaeva: What will you do at the Casa Fuente Building?

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.


Casa Fuente
449 Pierce St
Monterey, CA 93940
United States
36° 35' 58.1568" N, 121° 53' 48.1164" W

Caitlin Cali: MBA Alumna Discovers the Power of Storytelling through Social Media

Whether one voice or a thousand voices, there is always a story to be told.

A typical day at The Women's International Perspective begins in the best way possible: with a hug from baby Daniel. Founder and CEO of The WIP, Kate Daniels, is not only a motivated entrepreneur but also a proud mother to the most beautiful 1-year old I've ever seen. But perhaps I'm a little biased.


Seattle, WA
United States
47° 36' 22.356" N, 122° 19' 55.4556" W

Adriana Taboada: Who Will You Meet at the Morse Building?

Adriana Taboada (MPA '11) was born in Peru and spent two years in the field working with immigrants from Latin America before pursuing a Master's in Public Administration.  Because the Monterey Institute is one of the most diverse campuses in the United States, our community is important to Adriana.  The first thing you will notice about the Morse Building is its crown made of 50+ flags from all corners of the world, each symbolizing the different citizenships that comprise our student body.


Morse Building
426 Van Buren St.
Monterey, CA 93940
United States
36° 36' 0.6768" N, 121° 53' 51.5148" W

YuFei Wang: Meet a Digital Media Commons Graduate Assistant

In 1999 YuFei Wang (MPA '11) emigrated from Shanghai, China to the San Francisco Bay Area. Today as a public administration graduate student, he teaches workshops on different digital media tools at the Digital Media Commons.  A wizard with both design and data, YuFei has combined the two to utilize cutting edge collaboration technologies and to create compelling presentations that stand out at whatever class or conference he may be attending.


Digital Media Commons
472 Pierce St.
Monterey, CA 93940
United States
36° 35' 56.4108" N, 121° 53' 48.8652" W

Fisher International Business Forum Brings Leaders Together to Discuss Innovation and Sustainability

On Sunday, November 14, the 2010 Fisher International Business Forum brought together industry and thought leaders for a discussion focused on sustainability and innovation. “It was a truly inspirational event because everyone involved was so genuinely interested in focusing on solutions, on how we can pull ourselves out of the recession through innovation and sustainable solutions,” says Carter Chapman (MBA ’11) who was in charge of marketing for the forum, which was held at the Monterey Museum of Art.

Peace Corps, Rep. Sam Farr Celebrate 15 Years of PCMI-MBA Program at MIIS

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.

MIIS Welcomes Three Iraqi Students as Part of New Iraqi Government Initiative

Waleed Khalid Abdulabbas is so keen to get started on his proposed graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) that he couldn’t help feeling disappointed to find the Institute closed on the day he arrived in Monterey—September 6, Labor Day. His enthusiasm for study is not lost on anyone in the Intensive English Program, where Waleed is preparing to pass the high standards in English required for enrollment in the Institute’s TESOL program.