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November 30, 2018

Human Rights & Technology Fellows announced for 2018-19

In its inaugural year, the Human Rights & Technology Program has awarded six research fellowships to MIT undergraduates.  Their projects are expansive, and include field work in Africa and South Asia and a variety of topics.  Four of them in different ways address the human right to health care or healthy environments and how technology can ensure good outcomes. 


October 22, 2018

MIT ICC cultural resources


MISTI is promoting cross-cultural communication with the MIT International Coordinating Committee, communicating MIT’s cultural diversity on campus and across the world through video

Eight IdentityX Ambassadors gathered at SPXCE Intercultural Center to discuss their international experiences. Standing: David Rich, Gabrielle "Gabby" Ballard; middle row: Carrie Watkins, Luisa Fernanda Apolaya Torres, Yara Jabbour Al Maalouf; front row: Enriko Kurtz Granadoz Chavez, Trang Luu, Johnson Huynh.


October 15, 2018

Starting new conversations about identity abroad

Madeline Smith | Michelle EnglishMIT News

New MISTI programs provide a platform for student dialogue on diversity in international travel, study, and work.

Standing, left to right: Justin Leahey, MIT-Germany program manager; David Dolev, MISTI assistant director; Markus Buehler, MIT-Germany faculty director, professor, and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Ulrich Steinbach, deputy minister of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts; Wolfgang Holtkamp, senior advisor if international affairs at the University of Stuttgart. Seated: Wolfram Ressel, professor and rector of the University of Stuttgart.


October 12, 2018

MIT-Germany and the University of Stuttgart extend cooperation

Lily KeyesMIT News

Representatives from the MIT-Germany Program and the University of Stuttgart (USTUTT) recently came together to formally extend a strategic partnership first created in 2015. Collaboration extends opportunities for faculty seed funds, internship opportunities, and a Global Teaching Labs program through 2020.


October 4, 2018

The Move: Civic innovators help restore democracy

The Move is a new initiative out of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning that features weekly podcasts, blog posts, and more from the civic innovators at democracy’s front lines.  Join the conversation at The initiative is funded in part by the Center’s International Policy Lab and MIT’s Office of Open Learning.  



October 1, 2018

MISTI radio

The radio show is a platform for students to reflect on their experiences abroad. MISTI Radio is an MIT program about the world, for the world. Assistant Professor Admir Masic and the MISTI students who worked with Syrian refugees in Jordan this summer are featured. (The program starts a few minutes into audio recording.)


September 21, 2018

New fellowship program in human rights and technology

The Center announces a new fellowship program in human rights and technology, and invites proposals from MIT undergraduates. The program will support students’ research, participation in a working group, and other activities. Proposals are due October 29 by 5 PM.

Henry Luce Foundation


September 11, 2018

Luce fellowship deadline Oct 19

Friday, October 19, is the deadline for the Luce Scholars Program. Young scholars from a variety of intellectual fields will be placed in internships throughout Asia. Candidates must have no prior experience in the region. More information

Posing with a panoramic view of Machu Picchu in Peru are (l-r) PhD student Paloma Gonzalez, Associate Professor Takehiko Nagakura, and two MIT graduate students.  Photo courtesy of MISTI


August 28, 2018

MIT team digitizes Machu Picchu

Eduardo Rivera | Lily KeyesMIT News

A laboratory team from the MIT Department of Architecture, led by Professor Takehiko Nagakura and PhD student Paloma Gonzales, has been working on the MISTI Global Seed Fund Machu Picchu Design Heritage project since 2016. "We believe that…the digitalization of architectural monuments is key to the preservation of the cultural heritage of humanity.”

“Science is a way to connect with people around the world. There are no national boundaries; it's like a more unified network of people working on problems and discussing them,” says Associate Professor Jessika Trancik.  Image: Jared Charney


August 15, 2018

Shaping technology’s future

David L. ChandlerMIT News

With data-informed models, Jessika Trancik seeks ways to coax progress toward sustainable energy systems. Trancik is a co-faculty director of the Center’s International Policy Lab.

Noelle Eckley Selin and Ken Oye


August 10, 2018

Selin and Oye win 2018 Martore Teaching Award

The Joseph A Martore Award for Excellence in Teaching in IDSS was awarded to two faculty members for 2018: Noelle Selin and Ken Oye. Oye is director of the Center’s Program on Emerging Technologies.

German castle


August 7, 2018

MIT-Germany partners with Friedrich Alexander University

Lily KeyesMIT News

“As the MIT-Germany program grows, many new opportunities for collaborations will emerge, and create synergies between FAU and MIT, spanning the spectrum from teaching to cutting edge research,” says Markus Buehler, MIT-Germany faculty director and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


July 30, 2018

MIT-Japan goes full STEAM ahead

The MIT-Japan Program and Tohoku University's Science Angels recently held their second annual collaborative education program for children, appropriately titled Lets STEAM! The one-day event aims to encourage children — especially girls — to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

MIT European Club Board members celebrate with their prize. Left to right: treasurer Karine Ip Kiun Chong, Michel Nasilowski, president Giulio Alighieri, vice president Susanna Bächle, social chair Xiaoyu Wu, and events co-chair Saviz Mowlavi.


July 20, 2018

MIT European Club leads in giving back

Lily KeyesMIT News

The MIT European Club has donated $40,000 to fund 10 new MISTI European Fellows this summer. Not only is it of the most substantial gifts given by a student group to the MIT community, it also marks the 10th anniversary of a successful partnership.

Robert Murray


July 9, 2018

Celebrating Robert Murray, a colleague and friend

The Center hosted a retirement party for Robert Murray on June 28. Bob, as he was known at CIS, served as the Center’s administrative officer for seventeen years. The event was as celebratory as it was poignant.


June 11, 2018

Popular videos from our Starr Forum video archive

Check out some of our most watched event videos — it's a great way to stay informed on important issues.  Watch them anytime on our YouTube channel.

New AO for CIS, John Congdon


June 7, 2018

CIS welcomes new administrative officer

The Center is pleased to welcome John Congdon as its new administrative officer. He comes to MIT from the UMass Medical School, where he worked as the administrative manager in the Office of Faculty Affairs.

MISTI logo


June 7, 2018

MISTI is...

Lily KeyesYouTube

Faces of MIT: On the last day of class, students finish the statement, "MISTI is..."

MIT building with columns


June 6, 2018

CIS congratulates the graduates

The Center congratulates the Class of 2018 from its Security Studies Program. Lena Andrews, Marika Landau-Wells, and Timothy Wright each received a PhD in political science at MIT.  We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Celebrating a new MIT-Belgium partnership: (standing, l to r) Vincent Blondel, April Julich Perez, Molly Schneider, Cathy Culot, and Peter Lievens; (seated, l to r) Richard Lester and Luc Sels.


June 5, 2018

Unity makes strength: MIT expands ties with Belgium

MIT News

A new partnership between MIT and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Flanders, Belgium, seeks to build bridges between researchers at both institutions, and between the Dutch and French-speaking regions of Belgium.