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.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies will host a public panel titled “Ten Years After 9/11: Reflections on the Global Jihad” on Friday, September 9 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium inside the McCone Building at 499 Pierce Street in downtown Monterey.
“According to researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), open sources indicate that there are at least four, and potentially five, chemical weapons production facilities in Syria,” says CNS Deputy Director Leonard Spector in his recent article “Assad’s Chemical Romance” published on the Foreign Policy Web site.
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.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) celebrated a very successful summer in 2011, welcoming 152 students to study one of six languages, a 30 percent increase from last year. This year also saw the return of the Japanese program after a six-year hiatus. “This was a great year, with wonderful students and exceptional faculty from 15 countries,” says SILP program director Alicia Brent.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies has received a $750,000 gift pledge from David Jones, a member of the MIIS Board of Governors. The gift, payable over three years, is designed specifically to support the school’s efforts to enhance its fundraising operations through the office of Institutional Advancement.
Sixteen students from junior high and high schools in areas most affected by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March have been invited by the U.S. government on an official tour to help American teenagers learn about the region and the disaster. Two MIIS alumni, Camellia Nieh (MATI ‘06) and Kayo Shiraishi (MACI ‘08) will be serving as interpreters for the Japanese students as they travel through the U.S.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies exceeded the $1 million fundraising target established last October under the terms of a challenge commitment from an anonymous donor, triggering a $500,000 matching gift from the donor. Under the terms of the “Multiply the Good” challenge, the Institute will receive $500,000 a year for a total of five years, provided it raises $1 million each year in gifts of $5,000 or more to its annual fund.