Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
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The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) (formerly known as the Monterey Institute of International Studies) is the graduate school of Middlebury College that offers master's degrees in international policy, environmental policy, international business, language teaching, and translation and interpretation. The Institute, which was founded in 1955, is located in Monterey, California, USA.
The Institute has two graduate professional schools, the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education and the Graduate School of International Policy and Management, and five research centers. The Institute awards Masters of Arts (MA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Masters of Public Administration (MPA), and numerous certificates across a variety of disciplines. The Institute's mission is to create an academic community dedicated to preparing the next generation of leaders in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. In 2011, the Institute produced more Fulbright Fellows per capita than any other graduate school in the US.
- 1 History
- 2 Academic programs
- 2.1 Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education
- 2.2 Graduate School of International Policy & Management
- 2.3 Immersive learning programs
- 3 Research centers
- 4 Notable faculty
- 5 Student life
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Founding and expansion
The Middlebury Institute was established in 1955 as the Monterey Institute for Foreign Studies. In 1961, the school moved to its current downtown Monterey location, where it has since occupied 17 buildings that house two graduate schools, multiple research centers, and numerous special programs. In 1997, the Institute became the first professional graduate school in the world to offer a master's degree in International Environmental Policy.
In December 2005, Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute signed an affiliation agreement that established a formal relationship between the two institutions. Under that agreement, the Monterey Institute board of trustees was reconstituted to include 13 members, nine of them with Middlebury connections and four former members of the Monterey Institute board. In June 2010, Middlebury formalized its acquisition of the Institute, which was formally designated a Graduate School of Middlebury College. The Monterey board of trustees was renamed the board of governors, with ultimate responsibility for the Institute residing with the Middlebury board of trustees. On January 7, 2015, Middlebury announced that the Institute would become known as the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The name-change was part of a general rebranding of Middlebury-affiliated institutions.
Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education
The Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education (GSTILE) trains translators, interpreters (including conference interpreters), localization experts, and language teachers. It also offers short-term, intensive and customized programs in languages, teacher training, and translation, interpretation and localization.
GSTILE trains language teachers who will teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and teach a foreign language. Certificate programs are also offered in these areas as well as in CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) and Language Program Administration.
- Translation, Interpretation, and Localization Management educates language translators and interpreters for careers in international settings, and for court and medical interpreting in the community. MIIS offers four degree programs (M.A. in Translation, M.A. in Translation/Localization Management, M.A. in Translation and Interpretation, and M.A. in Conference Interpretation) in eight foreign languages (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish). It recently added Portuguese as a language for the Translation and Localization Management program.
Short-term language programs
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies also offers several non-degree programs, including intensive ESL programs year round; Summer Intensive Language Programs,Custom Language Services, English for Diplomats Programs, short term translation and interpretation courses, and international policy certificate programs. The Institute is the only school in the Western Hemisphere offering graduate degrees in conference interpretation and in translation and interpretation between English-Chinese, English-Japanese and English-Korean.
Graduate School of International Policy & Management
The Graduate School of International Policy & Management (GSIPM) offers a combination of graduate degree and non-degree programs. At the GSIPM, master's degrees are offered in various disciplines including international environment policy, international policy studies, public administration, nonproliferation and terrorism studies, and international business.
The following summarizes the academic purpose of each GSIPM program:
- International Education Management trains professionals interested in working in study abroad, exchange programs, and international student affairs. Students learn about program management, education administration, and intercultural communication through their course work at MIIS and their international internship.
- International Trade and Economic Diplomacy trains trade and economic professionals with coursework in policy analysis, trade negotiations, communications, and team-building. The program takes place over 18-months and includes a semester in Washington, DC.
- International Environmental Policy is the world's first international environmental policy program. It trains top leaders in the environmental policy field from government, business, and non-governmental organizations. The MA program gives students the option to specialize in issues such as land and marine conservation, sustainable development, and energy and climate change.
- International Policy Studies has master's degree and certificate programs leading to international careers in government, nonprofit organizations, or the private sector. The MA program offers two tracks: Human Security and Development and Trade, Investment, and Development. Certificate programs include Conflict Resolution and Trade Policy.
- Master of Public Administration(MPA) is a professional post-graduate degree in Public Administration. The international MPA program prepares students to become effective leaders and managers. Through coursework and practical field experiences, students integrate theory, knowledge, and skills. They also develop the personal traits of effective leaders and managers including adaptability, resourcefulness and critical self-reflection.
- MBA in International Management: MBA advanced professional degree programs leading to careers in international business. The program's diverse student body, comprising 50% international students and 50% women, as well as its 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio makes this MBA program particularly unique and highly personalized. The curriculum prepares students to perform successfully in cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral teams and business environments. The Middlebury Institute has been granting MBA degrees since 1982 and has been accredited by AACSB International since 2002.
- Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies: one of the first graduate programs in the world to combine issues of counter-terrorism and nuclear nonproliferation, its curriculum provides students with the in-depth knowledge and specialized professional skills necessary to address modern critical security threats.
Immersive learning programs
Frontier Market Scouts Program (FMS)
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies, in partnership with Village Capital has founded and developed this program. The FMS program aims to train compassionate and capable young professionals into talent scouts and investment managers to serve as local entrepreneurs and social-minded investors in low-income and weak-capital regions of the world. The Scouts provide business development assistance for local entrepreneurs and due diligence for investors with the goal of generating high-quality deal flows and supporting portfolio companies at a low cost.
Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation Program (DPMI)
DPMI is a leadership certificate in international development project management and social change. Over the intensive 3-week program, participants gain solid mastery of a wide variety of concepts, tools and technologies for the international development and social change field. DPMI is offered every January in California and Rwanda, and every May/June in Monterey, Washington, D.C., and Kenya. Since 2014 the DPMI Rwanda training has been hosted by Partners in Health (PIH), and integrates the completion of a client project. Starting in 2015, the DPMI Kenya training will be hosted by Locus the Point of International Development. Locus is an alternative development initiative dedicated to leveraging the best of local and the best of global through strategic partnerships, a focus on local solutions, integrated approaches to development and a shared framework for measurement.
During the January term, the Middlebury Institute regularly organizes opportunities for students to gain real world experience and practice their languages of study in-country. Currently, the Institute offers four programs in Chile, El Salvador, Nepal, and Peru.
- Team Peru Volunteer Program: This initiative aims to develop sustainable development programs and projects in collaboration with the indigenous people of the Sacred Valley of Perú. In conjunction with the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a professional environment that caters to their particular area of academic focus.
- Transitional Injustice: Since 2009, three delegations of students from the Institute have visited Chile for a practicum on the country’s history of democracy and dictatorship, human rights abuse, and transitional justice. The program is led by Dr. Jan Knippers Black in collaboration with Judge Juan Guzman Tapia, best known as Chile’s prosecutor of General Pinochet, and international NGO Global Majority.
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is the largest nongovernmental organization in the world devoted to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and hosts five nonproliferation research programs.
In October 2010, the Austrian Foreign Ministry selected the CNS as its partner in the establishment of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation. In a public announcement, the Austrian government said that it selected CNS from a large number of candidates to manage and operate the new center "because of its distinguished record of leadership in the field and its shared vision" for the new center.
Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS)
The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) sponsors research, lectures, and seminars on subjects relating to East Asia. Projects include research, conferences, and curriculum material development. In these projects CEAS collaborates with researchers and research institutions in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and the U.S.
CEAS also hosts visiting fellows who conduct research on topics of interest to the Center. Past visiting fellows include professors/researchers from the Economic Research Institute (Khabarovsk), the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (Niigata), Renmin University of China (Beijing), the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Ethnology of the Far Eastern Peoples (Vladivostok), the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (Seoul), Moscow State University, and the University of Maryland.
Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports (GLOBE)
The Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports (GLOBE) provides education, consulting and research in the area of business globalization and localization. Faculty and student teams at the Center develop business plans for companies requesting localization assistance, and provide consulting and research services. Faculty and student teams at the Center help companies assess their globalization or localization needs, develop strategies and facilitate implementations through the Center's executive development, consulting and research services.
In addition, the Center develops curricula in globalization and localization for the Fisher International MBA Program courses and training programs, and customized business courses for students enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Translation and Localization Management program in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education (GSTILE), as well as for students in any of the Institute's other graduate programs.
Monterey Terrorism Research & Education Program (MonTREP)
The Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies is a research organization which conducts in-depth scholarly research, assesses policy options, and engages in public education on issues relating to terrorism and counterterrorism, extremist groups, regional studies of terrorism, and related aspects of international and homeland security.
Center for the Blue Economy
The mission of the Center for the Blue Economy is to educate the next generation of leaders to sustainably manage the world's oceans and coasts. Launched in fall 2011, the Center will complement the achievements of the International Environmental Policy program by offering coursework in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in Fall 2012 – the first program of its kind in the entire state of California. The program will focus on conservation biology, environmental and natural resource economics, energy policy, and sustainable development.
- Jan Knippers Black: a prolific writer and long-time educator in the field of human rights. She sits on the board of Amnesty International USA and has been honored by multiple domestic and international rights organizations for her commitment to advocacy.
- William Potter: a world-renowned expert on nuclear non-proliferation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy, and served for five years on the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and the Board of Trustees of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research.
- BG. (ret.) Russell D. Howard: Brigadier General (retired) Russell D. Howard is President of Howard's Global Solutions, Director of MonTrep, and an Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He is also a Senior Fellow at Joint Special Operations University, Senior Mentor for Development Alternatives Incorporated, Senior Advisor for the Singapore Home Team Academy, and on the Board of Advisers for Laser Shot Incorporated.
- Avner Cohen: an Israeli-American writer, historian, and professor who is well known for his works on nuclear weapons in the Middle East. He authored the seminal work, Israel and the Bomb, which chronicled the Israeli nuclear program and was published in 1998.
- Geoffrey Dabelko: an expert on security and the environment and the director of the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
- Moyara Ruehsen: an economist by trade, a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS), and a certified financial crime specialist (CFCS). She has been teaching courses on international economics, financial crime, and terrorist financing for over seventeen years at the Middlebury Institute.
International students make up more than 30 percent of the Institute's student body. In the 2014-15 academic year they came from more than 40 countries.
Beyond yoUrself In Language Development (BUILD) is a student-run organization that provides free low-level language classes in thirteen languages to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) community. Classes are taught by students enrolled in the TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language programs at MIIS.
MIIS Toastmasters is an on-campus chapter of Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. The club is run by MIIS students, and offers a forum for improving public speaking skills and mastering executive presence. The club is open to members of the Monterey community, and meets weekly.
- José Aybar, president of Richard J. Daley College.
- Sam Farr, the U.S. Representative for California's 17th congressional district, serving since 1993.
- Brendan Kyle Hatcher, U.S Diplomat
- Katharine Daniels Kurz: Founder and executive editor on the Women's International Perspective
- William Lawton, Chairman, Seagate Global Group 
- Matthew Levin, Canadian Ambassador to Cuba since August 2010.
- Daggubati Venkatesh, a popular actor in Telugu film industry.
- Kyriakou, Niko (26 August 2010). "Merger between Monterey Institute of International Studies and Middlebury College should pay off – financially and scholastically – for both.". East Meets West. Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
- MIIS Students Land More Fulbright Awards Per Capita than Students at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton. Oct. 27, 2011
- Integrating the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Middlebury College
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- CNS and Austrian Foreign Ministry launch Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
- Center for East Asian Studies
- Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports
- Center for the Blue Economy
- Interview with Katharine Daniels Kurz
- Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey home page
- Center for Nonproliferation Studies home page
- Globalization and Localization of Business Exports Center home page