During his time at the Monterey Institute, MPA student Haroon Noori, from Kandahar, Afghanistan, has been involved in many exciting activities, both on and off campus. He has visited Google in Silicon Valley to learn how organizations are effectively managed, he has tried Zumba classes, and he even rode a horse for the first time in his life. He advises others to get involved as well, and to seek out different experiences in order to maximize their time in Monterey.
Once he finished his undergraduate degree, Josh Warburg joined the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), doing national community service. After volunteering for two years, he wanted to learn more about how non-profits can be more effective, and decided to pursue his Master of Public Administration degree at the Monterey Institute.
As part of her master's degree program in public administration, Kayla Howe participated in the Development Project Management Institute program (DPMI)*. DPMI is an intensive 3-week program offered at various locations such as Monterey, Washington D.C. and now Kenya, either as part of a degree program or not, and its objective is to prepare aspiring professionals for a career managing international development projects.
Monterey Institute students from the International Education Management, Public Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teaching a Foreign Language, and Translation and Interpretation degree programs are participating in a new course this semester, learning about program design while working with seven local org
A team of Monterey Institute students—Maria Kovell (MPA ‘14), Amitay Flores (MAIPS ‘14), Amanda Boyek (MAIPS ‘14), Natalie Cox (MPA ‘14), and Amy Ross (MPA ‘14)—made their mark at the Hult Prize regional competition last weekend in San Francisco, and left the competition with something at least as good as a win: a path forward for their innovative project.
Since its inception in 2006, Team El Salvador has provided 105 Monterey Institute students with the opportunity to hone their development and language skills while making a meaningful contribution to the lives of people in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador. This January, nine MIIS students were joined by two Middlebury students and, for the first time, a student from California State University, Monterey Bay.
As our motto, to “be the solution,” indicates, a Monterey Institute degree involves much more than classroom theory. Monterey Institute students have numerous opportunities via immersive learning experiences to develop their professional skills by completing fieldwork and working on real-life issues as part of their class assignments. This spring semester, a group of faculty and staff from across the Institute has launched an innovation challenge for teams of students willing to tackle a true wicked problem.
Five MIIS professors took an introductory policy analysis course and turned it into an optional year-long immersive learning opportunity. Students have the option to enroll in a Peru-focused policy class in the fall, design a research project, conduct in-field research as part of a winter-term practicum in Peru, and then follow up by working with the information and data collected as part of a seminar in the spring, all while they are learning the tools of data analysis.
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.
Maureen Fura (MPA ´09) has a lot for which to be thankful this year, but on top of her list is that her mother´s cancer is in remission, that her children are happy and healthy, and that her husband is working in a career he loves.