The Monterey Institute of International Studies has launched the MIIS International Friendship Program, matching incoming international students from various degree programs with enthusiastic local families. The program provides a unique opportunity for students and local families to share their cultures and backgrounds with one another and learn something new. The local families are not expected to provide students with a place to stay, but rather to invite students to explore life outside of the campus.
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.
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.
The Student Council of the Monterey Institute of International Studies announced the winner of its first Student Project Contest at the International Bazaar on April 16. The contest was open to all students. Five student groups presented their work and proposals to the Council. The winner, Team Peru, is a group of students from various degree programs who are dedicated to shepherding sustainable development projects in the Sacred Valley of Peru, such as building greenhouses with the support of communities and local secondary schools.
On April 15, the Monterey Institute of International Studies is hosting TEDxMonterey for the second time. This year the theme is “Cultivating Innovation,” and the impressive line-up of speakers and presenters is shaping up to be true to the TED promise of “riveting talks by remarkable people.”
For most Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to take what they have been learning in the classroom and either develop practical skills through intense practicum courses, or go out into the real world and take their classroom lessons to the field.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies campus is buzzing with creativity, as evidenced by the group of students who came together last year to establish the Artists without Borders club. Still, few would have guessed the amount of enthusiasm their now-annual art show would generate. Guests at the opening night reception on November 19th were treated to live music ranging from folk to Chinese rock music and fusion belly dances, along with a display of photography from students’ travels and work across the globe.
On Friday, August 20, the Monterey Institute’s Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) will host the GSIPM Expo “Shaping a New Era: Business and Policy Solutions” showcasing the work of over 70 students. Students will present research and findings on topics ranging from “The Role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Modern Warfare” to “Youth-Led Development Projects at UN-HABITAT” at the Institute’s downtown Monterey campus.