Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
History and museums
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) (formerly known as the Monterey Institute of International Studies) is graduate school of Middlebury College that offers masters' 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.