Winter Commencement Sees 88 Students from 16 Countries Graduate from MIIS

“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.”

Milliken Foundation $500,000 Gift to Support MIIS Recruitment, Scholarship, Marketing

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.

Local High School Students Introduced to Different Languages, Cultures at MIIS Event

Monterey Institute students, faculty and staff embrace every opportunity to engage with the local community and introduce them to the fascinating world that is to be found in our campus community. For four years the Institute has invited local high school students to participate in a series of workshops in connection with International Education Week.

MIIS Students Land More Fulbright Awards Per Capita than Students at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton

Good things can come in small packages. According to data released this week by the U.S. Department of State, students from the Monterey Institute landed more Fulbright awards per capita than every top ten university in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, and had a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools.

MIIS to Expand Campus Footprint with Van Buren Purchase

The Monterey Institute today announced the purchase of the building and property at 499 Van Buren Street, on the corner of Jefferson and Van Buren Streets. The 10,490-square-foot building currently houses the professional offices of the law firm of Horan, Lloyd, Karachale, Dyer, Schwartz, Law & Cook.

Information Fair Helps New Students Get Established in Monterey

Local businesses and student service providers offering everything from food and transport to banking and recreational opportunities introduced themselves to new and returning students at the Monterey Institute’s second annual Student Information Fair on Wednesday, August 24. The event drew a steady crowd of new and returning students and was a great success, connecting students, many of them new to the Monterey Peninsula, to service providers in the local community.

New Class Includes Citizens of 33 Countries, Speakers of 22 Native Languages

The fall is always an exciting time at the Monterey Institute where faculty, staff and returning students welcome a diverse group of new students from all over the world. This year the incoming class includes citizens of 33 countries and speakers of 22 native languages. What they discover during the first week of orientation is that now they all have one important thing in common—they are all citizens of the Monterey Institute community.

8/19 GSIPM Expo to Highlight Immersive Learning, Student Achievements

The Monterey Institute of International Studies will showcase the local and international achievements of its graduating students at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management’s second annual research and consulting projects expo (“GSIPM Expo”) on Friday, August 19.

Graduates Embrace Challenge to “Leave the World a Better Place”

Addressing the 247 graduates at the Monterey Institute’s May 21 commencement ceremony, President Sunder Ramaswamy spoke of the road ahead: “Like any proud parent, we have high expectations for you, but only because we know the great things you are capable of accomplishing.” The president talked about the different backgrounds of students hailing from places like “Belarus and Brazil, India and the Ivory Coast, Malta and Mexico, Pakistan and Paraguay, China and Russia” and the common goal that they each have of making a difference i

Five Monterey Institute Students Land Prestigious Fulbright Awards

Five students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies will receive Fulbright awards for the 2011-2012 academic year, the most U.S. student awards received in the Institute’s 56-year history.