Nathalie Marin-Gest (MBA/IPS ’13) has a lot going for her. Multilingual, intelligent, and likeable, she was so enthusiastic about a career in development that she added a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree to her International Policy Studies (IPS) degree to make sure she had all the right skills. It was not a surprise to her career adviso
“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
- Albert Szent-Gyorgi
Sometimes life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, as John Lennon so famously observed. William Scott Wilson (BAJS ’73, SILP ’74) came to the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies (as MIIS was known in the early decades) in 1970 to master Chinese, but ended up switching to the Japanese program. Searching for a good translation project for his thesis he discovered Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by the 18th century warrior Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Explains William: “It really got me!”
For many students, the Monterey Institute’s Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) is a gateway to advancement along their individual path, whether their next destination is a graduate program, further language study, or a return to their professional career. The bottom line is, in addition to opening up new opportunities for intercultural communication, language acquisition is a resume builder.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) learned recently that CNS will receive a $2,000,000, four-year, matching challenge grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). The grant was provided to enable the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) to sustain and expand its work on various initiatives to improve international governance on issues related to nonproliferation and nuclear security.
"You could say it is any MPA's dream project," says Craig Middleton (MPA '87) of his leading role in establishing the Presidio Trust in 1996, a federal agency that manages the Presidio of San Francisco, a national park site that previously served as a military post under the flags of three nations. The Trust was, and remains, a unique agency.
The Monterey Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) offers financial and academic support to Monterey Institute students working on summer projects that will enhance their studies and provide them with professional experience to help build their dream careers after graduation.
This summer the thirteen CBE Fellows span the globe: from right here in Monterey, to placements elsewhere in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, South America, China and the Pacific Islands:
In an article published in Fortune, CNN Money and Money on June 5, Center for the Blue Economy Director Jason Scorse explains the importance of calculating the market value of what is generally considered invaluable, using the example of the value of waves to a surfer. Professor Scorse also serves as program chair for the International Environmental Policy program at the Monterey Institute – and surfs.
Signaling growing attention in both academic and policy circles to issues surrounding cyber security, the Monterey Institute recently announced the hiring of Dr. Itamara Lochard as the director of its new Cyber Security Initiative.
A year after graduating from the Monterey Institute, Heather Bessette (MBA/MAIEP ’12) is celebrating her promotion to associate marketing manager at Rosen Convergence Marketing, a Portland company dedicated to “help purpose-driven companies do more good with less.” Combining researching sustainable companies and practices with marketing perfectly fits Heather‘s professional ambitions and the skills she gained through her Joint MBA/MA International Environmental Policy degree: “I couldn’t be more happy to u