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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Throwback Thursday: DPMI Rwanda 2015

Check out this great footage from DPMI alum Anissa Bensaid during her time in DPMI Rwanda. What do you think about DPMI Rwanda? Let us know your thoughts!

 

Monday, June 8th, 2015

DPMI Kenya Course Focuses on Designing Solution Strategies for Local Systems

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Group includes 13 wonderfully diverse participants from seven countries

Update from Nairobi, Kenya: We are halfway through our 8-day certificate training jointly offered by the Locus Network and the Program on Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

Participant Profiles

The group includes 13 participants from seven countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Niger, South Africa, the Philippines, Venezuela, and the United States). Participants include Locus Network members from Pact, MIIS graduate students, and other international development practitioners. One Locus participant commented, “I’ve enjoyed meeting others in the group, and it has been a tremendous opportunity to learn from Dr. Beryl Levinger given her decades of experience in international development and teaching.”

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Middlebury Institute Hosts Frontier Market Scouts Training

 

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FMS participants doing hands-on work in the fields of social enterprise and impact investing. Photo credit: Sarah Sterling

The Middlebury Institute is hosting 26 students and professionals for the next two weeks (until June 12) for their Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) training, hosted by the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL). Over the session, participants will partake in a variety of seminars, lectures, and hands-on activities with a focus on social enterprise and impact investing. These courses are being taught by leading social impact sector practitioners. After completing the training, many FMS fellows use the skills they gained to do a field experience fellowship in these fields. Positions for these internships are available around the world. For more information on FMS or the CSIL, please click here.  For the full FMS blog, see here

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

MIIS Professors and Alumni Publish Book on Shanghai’s Pilot Free Trade Zone

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MIIS GSIPM professors Robert Rogowsky (trade and development) and Lijuan Zhang (economics), along with several MIIS students and alumni recently published an e- book titled China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone: An Experiment in Economic Reform. The MIIS students and alumni involved in the project included:

Malori DiPierro,

Shuyi Deng

Jiao Xu

Oscar Grijalva

Haibin Ren

Sharon O’Kello

Yongbin Jiang

Mrinalini Patnaik

 

The book is a compilation of several student research projects that discusses the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in the context of economic reform in China. The FTZ represents a new era of trade and financial liberalization in China. Themes analyzed throughout the book include foreign banks, American life insurers, money laundering risks, business-government relations, intellectual property rights, the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, and policy implications. The authors want to show how the new eleven-square-mile area will affect both local Chinese companies and multinational corporations business. A free download of the e-book is available here: HERE

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

DPMI Monterey Hosts Students and Professionals

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For the past week and a half, 11 students and professionals have been participating in MIIS’s Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation program on the Middlebury Institute campus in Monterey. The program’s modules include designing and managing development projects, social entrepreneurship, strategic partnering, while facilitating participatory development. The program will continue until Friday, June 5. For more information about DPMI, see the program’s website at http://www.miis.edu/academics/short/development-management/curriculum .

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Mark Your Calendars: East Asia Presentations this Thursday!

Presentations at Irvine Auditorium this Thursday, May 7th, 6:30-8:30pm, Reception 8:30-9:30pm!

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The students that went on the first ever two-country program through MIIS Immersive Learning Programs, the East Asia: China and Japan trip, will be presenting this Thursday at Irvine, with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to follow. The presentations will be very interesting as this program included a semester long seminar which concluded in robust papers, and the feedback from the journey has been very interesting!

The East Asia Practicum was an investigative tour of Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, China, where participants met with and interviewed policymakers, former politicians, and renowned scholars. With unique research topics looking into the the international relations of the region, students were able to seek first-hand information on the dynamics of the two major players: Japan and China. The rise in status of either nation will set the political and economic tone for the region. By experiencing and researching within each nation, students will be able to provide original ideas on the current state of Sino-Japanese relations and the future of region.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/466841256799447/

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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MAY 8 IS APPROACHING FAST!!

Earn a Professional Certificate in Project Design and Management

Now accepting applications for the Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation (DPMI) program!

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California is offering an intensive, 3-week training open to development professionals, career-changers, graduate students, and a limited number of gifted undergraduates. Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation (DPMI) is a professional certificate program for those seeking training for careers in humanitarian relief, emergency response, poverty alleviation, and long-term community development. The modules include (1) Managing Development Projects, (2) Strategic Partnership and Social Entrepreneurship, and (3) Social Change and Participatory Development. DPMI uses a cross-sector approach, taking best practices from the development field and combining these tools with successful concepts drawn from the private sector.

 

Now accepting applications for Summer 2015:

Monterey, CA

Dates: May 18-June 5, 2015
Application Deadline:
 May 8, 2015
Schedule:
 Monday-Friday
Hours:
 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (M, T, Th, F); 12:00pm-6pm (W)

 

Washington, D.C.

Dates: May 25-June 12, 2015
Application Deadline:
 May 8, 2015
Schedule:
 Monday-Friday
Hours:
 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (M, W, F); 12:00pm-6pm (Tues. and Thurs.)

 

Kenya

Dates: June 2-11, 2015
Application Deadline:
 May 8, 2015
Schedule:
 Monday-Friday

 

To apply or for more information, please visit http:go.miis.edu/dpmi or email dpmi@miis.edu

Friday, April 24th, 2015

IEM Practicum Symposium – Spring 2015

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MIIS International Education Management

Cordially Invites You to Our

IEM Practicum
Symposium

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Please join us for a series of presentations
by our graduating IEM students on their practicum experiences.

There are two (2) sessions – please attend as you like!
See attached document for list of topics and presenters.

Session 1:  10am-12pm, McGowan 102
Session 2: 4pm-6pm, McGowan 100

or join us online at

go.miis.edu/iemsymsp15

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Cuba Presentations – Don’t Miss It!!

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Come check out the Cuba Presentations!! – DON’T MISS IT!

Location: MIIS – DLC

When: April 21, 2015

Time: 6pm-8pm

Friday, April 17th, 2015

DPMI Program Deadline for Monterey, Kenya & DC: May 8 – APPLY TODAY!

DPMI Summer

 

Earn a Professional Certificate in Project Design and Management

Now accepting applications for the Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation (DPMI) program!

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California is offering an intensive, 3-week training open to development professionals, career-changers, graduate students, and a limited number of gifted undergraduates. Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation (DPMI) is a professional certificate program for those seeking training for careers in humanitarian relief, emergency response, poverty alleviation, and long-term community development. The modules include (1) Managing Development Projects, (2) Strategic Partnership and Social Entrepreneurship, and (3) Social Change and Participatory Development. DPMI uses a cross-sector approach, taking best practices from the development field and combining these tools with successful concepts drawn from the private sector.

Now accepting applications for Summer 2015:

Monterey, CA

Dates: May 18-June 5, 2015
Application Deadline:
 April 1, 2015
Schedule:
 Monday-Friday
Hours:
 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (M, T, Th, F); 12:00pm-6pm (W)

 

Washington, D.C.

Dates: May 25-June 12, 2015
Application Deadline:
 April 1, 2015
Schedule:
 Monday-Friday
Hours:
 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (M, W, F); 12:00pm-6pm (Tues. and Thurs.)

 

Kenya

Dates: June 2-11, 2015
Application Deadline:
 April 1, 2015
Schedule:
 Monday-Friday

 

To apply or for more information, please visithttp:go.miis.edu/dpmi or email dpmi@miis.edu

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

DPMI Deadline Extended to May 8!

DPMI Test

 

 

 

Earn a Professional Certificate in Project Design and Management

Now accepting applications for the Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation (DPMI) program!

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California is offering an intensive, 3-week training open to development professionals, career-changers, graduate students, and a limited number of gifted undergraduates. Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation (DPMI) is a professional certificate program for those seeking training for careers in humanitarian relief, emergency response, poverty alleviation, and long-term community development. The modules include (1) Managing Development Projects, (2) Strategic Partnership and Social Entrepreneurship, and (3) Social Change and Participatory Development. DPMI uses a cross-sector approach, taking best practices from the development field and combining these tools with successful concepts drawn from the private sector.

Now accepting applications for Summer 2015:

Monterey, CA

Dates: May 18-June 5, 2015
Application Deadline:
 April 1, 2015
Schedule:
 Monday-Friday
Hours:
 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (M, T, Th, F); 12:00pm-6pm (W)

 

Washington, D.C.

Dates: May 25-June 12, 2015
Application Deadline:
 April 1, 2015
Schedule:
 Monday-Friday
Hours:
 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (M, W, F); 12:00pm-6pm (Tues. and Thurs.)

 

Kenya

Dates: June 2-11, 2015
Application Deadline:
 April 1, 2015
Schedule:
 Monday-Friday

 

To apply or for more information, please visit http:go.miis.edu/dpmi or email dpmi@miis.edu

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Student Presentations for East Asia Trip

Thursday, May 7th 6:30-8:30pm

Venue to be announced

Come listen to students present on their Spring Break Immersive Trip to East Asia! They will cover topics including history and territorial disputes between Japan and China, nationalism, soft power, trade policies, international education policies in Japan and China, their roles in the Chiang Mai Initiative and emerging regional trade frameworks, and partnership with Brazil!

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

IPSS Fellow Committed to Solid Waste Strategies

 

 

The SPREP team, Kelsey is featured on the far left.

The SPREP team, Kelsey is featured on the far left.

Current IPSS fellow Kelsey Richardson is taking part in a semester long IPSS fellowship with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa.  Kelsey was part of an initiative by the SPREP to review the Pacific Regional Solid Waste Strategy that ends in 2015 and develop a new, integrated Pacific Regional Waste Management and Pollution Control Strategy has been signed off between the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Read more about the story here: http://www.sprep.org/waste-management-pollution-control/jica-sprep-renew-commitment-to-combat-waste-in-the-pacific

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Making Hay: The Future of U.S. Competitiveness in the Age of Globalization

San Jose, CA – April 30th, 2015

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“Join us for lunch and a one-of-a-kind, fast-paced, multi-media seminar on the history of global trade that will guide you though the seven decades-long odyssey that has come to be known as ‘globalization’. ‘Making Hay’ presents the convergence of historical events and undeniable factors that drove the U.S. to become a ‘Consumption Society’.

This seminar traces the process of global trade and globalization, as well as its impact on U.S. manufacturing and service industries. A careful examination of the past six decades reveals that global trade has had both positive and negative impacts on the U.S. economy, creating jobs in some areas while losing them in others.

‘Making Hay’ is presented by Dan Gardner, President and co-founder of Trade Facilitators, Inc. (TFI). An author of four books on global trade, Dan Gardner’s ‘Making Hay’ is one of the most interesting and entertaining seminars ever presented on global trade and should be a necessary requirement for professionals and students alike to experience.

The seminar concludes with a series of suggestions and interactive Q&A on how the U.S. can compete more effectively in the Age of Globalization.” – retrieved from flyer

WHERE: 

3 Flames Restaurant & Banquet

1547 Meridian Ave., San Jose, CA 95125

WHEN: April 30th, 2015; 11:30am; – Lunch: Noon-12:30pm; Conference: 12:30-2:30pm

Online Registration: $55 (including lunch) ; Deadline: April 29th, 5:00pm

@Door: $10 surcharge

Visit: http://www.mbita.org/events/makinghay.html for more information, Registration, & sponsorship opportunities!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Team El Salvador 9 Presentation

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Please join the members of Team El Salvador 9

in a presentation of their project work during J-Term 2015 in El Salvador

Thursday, April 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Digital Learning Commons (DLC), MIIS

420 Calle Principal, Monterey

Come hear about innovative collaborations in coastal resource management, sustainable fishing, public space design for community empowerment… and plans for future initiatives!

~Light refreshments will be served~

To RSVP and for more information, please contact:  anegro@miis.edu

 

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

News about the East Asia Spring Break Journey!

 

 

News from the participants and professors was posted on the miis.edu front page.east asia

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Team El Salvador Looking for a Team Leader!

Students from all MIIS Programs are encouraged to Apply!

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 Description of Responsibilities 

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Leadership term lasts early May 2015 to early May 2016

For more information check out the Team El Salvador Blog or email any questions to teamelsalvadormiis@gmail !

Send Resume & Cover Letter to teamelsalvadormiis@gmail.com by Sunday, April 14th!

 

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

A Student’s Reflection on the 2015 Regional Hult Competition

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– Blog contributed by Kelly Quackenbush, MPA ’15

On Friday, March 13th, my team and I piled into Tim’s van for the drive up to San Francisco, and I’d be lying if I said we didn’t have butterflies in our stomachs. We were on our way to compete against nearly 50 other schools in the 2015 Regional Hult Competition. The challenge this year was “How can we provide quality early education to ten million children under age six in urban slums?”

My team consisted of Timothy Cunningham, Katie Barthelow, Noah Halton, and myself, and we had been working together for 6 months on our social enterprise, the Learning Roots Network. Our idea was to use technology to facilitate real-life interaction between caregiver and child. We would organize workshops about holistic early childhood education, and facilitate activity design sessions whereby residents in slums would create activities that made sense to them. These would be simple, short activities, such as stacking cups, identifying colors around the house, or counting grains of rice. Our idea was based on the premise that knowledge already exists in slums. What we wanted to do was shine a light on those local ways of knowing and nurture them to create a marketable product (which we call an “activity-based app”). Ultimately, we hoped, we would challenge people’s ideas about where knowledge comes from (doesn’t have to be from “experts”), and how value is created (value can come from slum communities).

Friday afternoon we arrived for registration and were handed folders, asked to pose for pictures, and shown to our very own break-out room, where we could relax and prepare. Half the teams would present in the morning, and half in the afternoon. We were scheduled for the morning, which meant that we would hear other teams’ pitches in the afternoon. Our friend Nicole Manapol volunteered to accompany us for the day as our “team advisor” and it was wonderful to have the extra support as we practiced our pitch the last few times. Finally, we were called.

Click here to read more

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Don’t Miss the Sustainable Brands Conference

 

 

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At the Sustainable Brands Conference 2015 San Diego, nearly 2,000 thought leaders, brand innovators, designers, and global business leaders will gather to explore various topics and issues pertinent to sustainability. Whether through plenaries, workshops, the Activation Hub, the Innovation Open, or networking events, this conference has been designed to benefit everyone from NGOs and small business owners, to CEOs and global brand leaders. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join them in discovering how to tap emerging innovations to successfully scale sustainability Now.

 

Check out the website here, http://events.sustainablebrands.com/sb15sd/about

All MIIS students can receive conference funding as well!

 

Friday, March 20th, 2015

(DEADLINE: MARCH 31 & APRIL 1, 2015) International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) — Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI)

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International Professional Service Semester 2016 (Deadline: March 31, 2015)

International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) is an immersive learning experience, integrating academic work with professional experience. Students serve as junior professional staff members in an international organization while producing specific deliverables for academic credit. The IPSS program is offered through the Graduate School of International Policy & Management (GSIPM) during the spring semester.

 

DPMI

DPMI – Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation Summer 2015 (Deadline: April 1, 2015)

DPMI is a leadership certificate training in international development and social change with a focus on innovative approaches to designing projects, facilitating stakeholder engagement, and forming strategic partnerships. Students design international development projects, conduct NGO network analysis, and prepare a behavior change strategy for a nonprofit or NGO client. Summer trainings offered in Monterey, DC, and Kenya with post-training internship options in Kenya and DC.