Six students from the Monterey Institute will receive U.S. Fulbright scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, the most in the Institute’s 57-year history. This surpasses last year's record of five, which had MIIS students landing more U.S. Fulbrights on a per capita basis than every top-ten school in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, with a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools. A seventh Fulbright applicant from the Monterey Institute is an alternate and may still be selected.
For 25 years students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies have joined together in groups to prepare and offer food representing their cultural heritage at the International Bazaar. Traditionally held in April, this cherished event always draws a large crowd, and this year was no exception, as over 300 Monterey Institute faculty, staff, students, friends and family members gathered for an event that truly showcases and celebrates the diverse cultures of MIIS.
Showing once again the relevance of the degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute, employers flocked in unprecedented numbers to the annual MIIS Career Fair, held on Friday, February 24 at the Monterey Conference Center. A record 109 employers participated in the Career Fair this year, representing large corporations such as Apple, eBay and HSBC as well as government agencies and local and international non-profit organizations.
The Monterey Institute takes pride in its success in preparing students for a professional international career so that they can hit the ground running after graduation. A large part of that success can be attributed to the many immersive learning opportunities offered to students in all degree programs, varying from smaller projects involving the local Monterey community to longer-term internships with non-profit and international organizations around the world.
17 students from the Monterey Institute are training and preparing to head off around the world as part of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program.
As participants in IPSS, they will be working as junior professional staff members for 6 months with international organizations like the UN and the U.S State Department. The students will also receive credits toward their degree for completing an academic project related to their job assignment.
Monterey Institute Professor and CNS Senior Fellow Avner Cohen received very favorable reviews in the New York Times and other publications for his newest book “The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb” (Columbia University Press).
“I left my comfortable job as an accountant because I wanted to make a difference for the people in my country,” said student commencement speaker Rawan Bannoura (MPA ’11) from Bethlehem, Palestine, at the 2011 Monterey Institute Winter Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 10. With her new Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Rawan has the skill set and training she needs to fulfill her dream of starting a non-profit organization and truly “be the solution.”
A BBC News story on the tense situation in Syria on December 7 featured a live in-studio interview with Bilal Saab, a visiting fellow in the Washington, D.C. office of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). BBC News Anchor Jane O’Brien asked Saab to comment on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s claim in a recent TV interview that he is not responsible for the brutal crackdown on popular dissent in Syria.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies has received a $500,000 gift from the Milliken Foundation to support student recruiting and retention, as well as general promotional efforts of the Institute. The gift was made on behalf of one of the foundation’s directors, a member of the Middlebury College class of 1965.