“A supportive culture of innovation exists at MIIS,” says Professor Jeffrey Langholz of the International Environmental Policy program, who this weekend won the main prize of $50,000 and title of Innovator of the Year at the Monterey Bay Startup Challenge along with graduate student Maeve Murphy (MBA/MAIEP ’15). Their idea is called Water City and it helps make water conservation easy and profitable for the public.
The Monterey Institute Community Innovation Challenge is the brainchild of Professor Kent Glenzer of the Development, Practice and Policy program. “Complex social problems require interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches,” he says, adding that addressing these so-called “wicked problems” requires expertise from across many disciplines – in the case of MIIS, many degree programs – to tackle them.
Malcolm Johnson is a graduate student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, pursuing a degree in International Environmental Policy with a focus in ocean and coastal resource management.
In this 60 second snapshot of his experience at MIIS, he talks about a fellowship he had through the Center for the Blue Economy in Monterey working with Oceana, one of the leading marine ocean NGOs. During the fellowship, he helped to plan and organize the first ever Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Summit.
"The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds" features a different student each week from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In these short videos, the students elaborate on topics such as why they chose to come to MIIS, what has surprised them about the Monterey Institute, what kinds of cool things they've been involved in—both on and off campus, and more.
This week is Amy Kessler, a graduate student pursuing a degree in pursuing a joint MBA and MA in International Environmental Policy.
The Hult Prize is described as “the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good.” This year, more than 10,000 teams from 350 universities in 150 countries sent in proposals focusing on the 250 million slum dwellers suffering from chronic diseases.
Four Monterey Institute MBA students traveled to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January to compete in the final round of the international Business for a Better World competition, sponsored by Corporate Knights and the Schulich School of Business. The MIIS quartet beat out teams from 20 other universities around the world to reach the final three.
Growing up in hot and dry Austin, Texas gave Michael Murphy (MBA/MAIEP ’08) a deep-rooted understanding of the value of water as a resource and how stressed many of our water sources are. In true Monterey Institute fashion, Michael has made global and local water challenges the focus of a highly specialized career that also relies heavily on his skills in developing community connections.
Four Monterey Institute MBA students have advanced to the final three in the international Business for a Better World competition, sponsored by Corporate Knights and the Schulich School of Business, beating out teams from 20 other universities around the world. At stake is prize pool of $15,000 and an amazing achievement to add to their resumes.
Twenty-one Monterey Institute student participated in a career-focused “trek” to Palo Alto and Oakland organized by Career and Academic Advisor Ted Bouras last Friday. “It was very valuable to be able to talk with professionals in their place of work,” says Jamie Shirreff (MBA/IEP ’14), adding that, because many were MIIS graduates, it was interesting to hear how their education had prepared them.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies announced today that alumna Linda Childs Hothem (BAPS '85) has pledged a gift of $450,000 over three years to support the Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy (CBE). Hothem's gift will support center staff, student research and expansion of the center’s summer fellows program.