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 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.
After college, I served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia as an agriculture extension volunteer, connecting farmers with agronomists in the city. I stayed in South America for two years after Peace Corps and worked first for a not-for-profit development organization in Ecuador and then for a policy and advocacy organization in Bolivia.
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.”
The Monterey Institute announced on March 28 that Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will be the speaker at the Institute’s spring 2011 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. on the front lawn of historic Colton Hall in Monterey. The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Eight students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) recently departed to India, Nigeria, Tanzania and Vietnam where they will spend the next six months as pilot scouts for the new Frontier Market Scout Program (FMS).
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.
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.