MIIS Student, Arrested at 15 by the Taliban for Teaching Girls, Now Poised for Leadership Role in Education in Afghanistan
Fulbright student Moslem Shah (MAIPS ’13) had his pick of U.S. universities, but chose the Monterey Institute of International Studies because he felt it would fit his long term plans to take on a leading role in rebuilding his native Afghanistan after three decades of war. “My experience here, both personally and professionally, has gone way beyond my expectations,” says Moslem, adding that he loves how the diverse student body has helped him to broaden his perspective.
“Achieving zero-waste is no small feat, especially for a multi-day event that takes place on three golf courses and draws thousands of spectators,” said Krista Almanzan, news director at local NPR station KAZU, in a February 14 feature about efforts to divert waste at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament. Leading the way was recent graduate of the International Environmental Policy program at MIIS Abbie Beane (MAIEP ’12), who is now the director of sustainability programs for the Offset Project.
While Elizabeth (Ellie) Wood (MAIEP ’12) was a student of in the Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy (MAIEP) program at the Monterey Institute, she focused on energy and climate change and also on sustainable business development. She is one of the 96 percent of the MAIEP graduating class of May 2012 to successfully gain employment in their desired field within six months of graduation.
The unique Frontier Market Scouts® program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies has won the Ashoka U - Cordes Innovation Award, given to innovative university programs focused on promoting social entrepreneurship.
Less than two years after graduating from the Translation and Localization Management program at the Monterey Institute, Emily Frye (MATLM ’11) is happily managing localization projects into 14 languages at Apple Inc. “I feel the classes at MIIS really prepared me for my position at Apple. My understanding of CAT tools, terminology management and the opportunity to have studied with a diverse group of people, have all been very useful on a daily basis.”
We’re happy to report that there is a lot of buzz (as evidenced by this recent article in The Oregonian) surrounding Wikisway, an internet start-up company founded by MIIS alumnus Huston Hedinger (MAIPS ’12) while he was still a student. The company has already raised money from the Portland Seed Fund and other investors and is rapidly expanding. Huston’s team includes MIIS alumna Grace Andrews (MPA ’12), who is responsible for marketing and communications.
Those were just a few of the words that students from the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program used to describe United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's visit to the Monterey Institute on January 18, 2013.
For Elizabeth Reid (MAIPS '11) the most meaningful outcome of her Fulbright experience was an unexpected one.
"One of my Fulbright colleagues made the observation that the Fulbright program is not about saving the world, but about sharing the world," Elizabeth said. "I think this has been particularly apt in my case."
The Monterey Institute Career Fair has been steadily growing and expanding over the last few years, with new employers every year joining the large group of “repeat customers” excited to recruit MIIS graduates.
Garvey McIntosh (MAIPS ’03), an international programs specialist at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C., recently traveled to Seoul, South Korea to engage in discussions with senior representatives from the Korean government to identify cooperative areas between the US and South Korea in the field of aeronautics. Garvey wrote to the Monterey Institute to tell us about the instant rapport and wonderful working relationship he established with Kristen Bauman (MAIPS ’99), science counselor at the US Embassy in Seoul.