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Monterey Institute of International Studies

De Baak and the Monterey Institute

De Baak and the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), located in Monterey, California (US), formed a partnership in 2011. The Monterey Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy, refers to it as more than an alliance, but a real cooperation. He said both groups share a common mission and vision about their role and responsibility in 'being the solution' in an effective, tangible way within the vast challenges posed by the global environment.

The Monterey Way

The Monterey Institute is one of only a few higher education institutions in the UnitedStates to have an international focus from its inception. Over the years, the Institutehas developed the unique “Monterey Way” learning model. This model, which mixesrigorous interdisciplinary analysis with second language mastery and immersive learningexperiences, ensures that students develop culturally informed solutions to global issues.This model is expressed in their mission to 'Be the Solution'.

The Monterey Institute was established in 1955 and is now a graduate school of MiddleburyCollege (est.1800) in Vermont. The school provides international professional education inareas of critical importance to a rapidly changing global community, including internationalpolicy and management, sustainable development, languages, and non-proliferation.

“We are an academic community committed to preparing global professionals to excel incross-cultural environments and to ‘be the solution’ to some of the world’s most pressingproblems. In this era of unparalleled social, political, and environmental change, individualshave become empowered as never before. Monterey Institute graduates enter their chosenfields as versatile professionals prepared to respond to the myriad of challenges faced todayby all of humanity. I invite you, too, to be the solution.”
- Sunder Ramaswamy, President of Monterey Institute of International Studies

The Best for Monterey Institute Students and De Baak Participants The alliance between MIIS and De Baak takes several forms, providing the best of bothworlds for Monterey Institute students and De Baak’s clients and professional networks:exchanging professionals, speakers, and expertise for tailor-made programs and as anintegral component of open enrollment programs international experiences. This makes idealuse of both institutes’ facilities and extended local networks of knowledge, professionals,businesses, and insight on local market challenges and growth exchange programs.

Co-creating with the Monterey Institute, De Baak integrates its areas of expertise with Monterey Institute experts on international policy and management, language education,sustainable development, social change, and conflict resolution to provide breakthrough programs and events in partnership with the Monterey Institute.

Activities: De Baak hosted Monterey Institute professors Sandra Dow and Frederic Kroppduring its Meet the World 2012 Event. Prof. Dow and De Baak’s Martijn van Haagenaddressed the questions: “How can a company manage the extra-financial risk associatedwith climate change itself?” and "How can the transition away from greenhouse gasemissions create firm value and investment opportunities?”

Professor Kropp of the Monterey Institute’s MBA program led a graduate class on SocialEntrepreneurship in a Corporate Environment, addressing the question, “How canunderstanding social entrepreneurship help your organization become more effective incarrying out its mission?”

De Baak is increasingly exploring opportunities to add a values-driven sustainabilitycomponent to our programs. We look forward to working with the Monterey Institute’sinternational environmental policy and economics experts such as Professor Jason Scorse.

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For more information on De Baak & the Monterey Institute, please contact Kristin Jooss-Amadon, Senior Program Director & International Business Development at De Baak, k.jooss@debaak.nl