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Davis UWC Scholars Become Fellows at the Monterey Institute

It was a natural match.

The Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in California is among the most international learning communities in higher education: More than a third of its 750 students comes from outside the United States, and 90 percent of its American students have some experience abroad. Primarily a graduate school, MIIS blends academics with the building of practical skills and experience for internationally oriented careers.

So when the Institute — which last year became an affiliate of Middlebury College — offered a new set of intensive, three-week fellowship programs for Davis UWC Scholars, three dozen Scholars made the commitment. The mini-courses focus on development project management, nonproliferation studies, and global trade and development; the first two were delivered last summer, the third in January.

“MIIS essentially is like a professional school — and the professors here train people who go on to actually work in these fields,” says global-trade fellow Daniel Tan (Singapore, UWC-USA, Vassar ‘09). “Some of the professors here have been working at the World Bank, the IMF. Many universities don’t have this kind of course.”

The Davis Fellows “contributed by bringing their backgrounds to the Monterey Institute,” says Carolyn Taylor, who coordinates both the development and trade programs. “Just this week, we held a campus-wide event, a trade negotiation simulation — and all 19 of the participants [in the global trade course] were there. They spoke in their native tongues, and we had interpreters for four of those languages: Russian, Spanish, French, and Chinese.”