MISTI students, faculty, and partners are working hard to help battle the public health crisis.


Previous News and Events:

MIT News: Fellowship is at the heart of emergency response in Nigeria (July 23)
Alumni from MISTI’s Empowering the Teachers program innovate together to save lives.

WebinarGlobal Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education (July 22)
COVID-19 has sent shockwaves through higher education in the US and around the world. In this webinar, we will hear from MISTI partner organizations around the world to learn about how the pandemic has impacted their operations, and what the future holds for universities globally.
Moderated by Professor Christine Ortiz, panelists include Kirsty Williams, Welsh Minister for Education; Ravi Kumar, President and COO of Infosys; Soledad Arellano, Vice President of Academics at Universidad Alfonso Ibañez (Chile); Zeblon Vilakazi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Wits University (South Africa).

Webinar: By Air, Land and Sea - insights from Israeli entrepreneurs and researchers on transportation during the COVID-19 crisis (July 7)
We will discuss the global impact that COVID-19 has on transportation and the way forward. 
Moderator: Cathy Wu, Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT. Guests: Nicole Adler, Professor of Operations Research at Hebrew University, Roni Floman, VP of Marketing at Optibus, Omer Primor, Head of Marketing at Windward, and Amy Vogel '20, MIT Civil and Environmental Major and MISTI Alumna. 

Webinar: MIT-UK's Community of Innovators in the Pandemic (June 24)
What does the covid-19 pandemic mean for MIT's community of innovators and problem solvers in the UK? Join MIT-UK Faculty Directors Professor Fiona Murray and Dr. Phil Budden in discussion with panelists from the MIT community in the UK to explore the ways in which covid-19 is driving innovations across business, science and technology.

MIT News: When culture clashes with Covid-19 (June 25)
MISTI panelists examine the roles of social norms in countries’ differing responses to the coronavirus pandemic. (See Starr Forum below).

Virtual Starr Forum: When Culture Meets COVID-19 (June 23)
How does culture impact a country’s response to the current crisis?  How does this and other political and security factors impact its next steps?  This talk will focus on the following regions: Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North America.
Moderator: Chappell Lawson, MISTI Faculty Director​ and Associate Professor of political science at MIT and Director of MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) program and the Policy Lab at the Center for International Studies (PL @ CIS). Speakers: Suzanne Berger, MIT-France/MISTI Founding Faculty Director and MIT’s inaugural John M Deutch Institute Professor; Yasheng Huang, MIT-China Faculty Director and Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and faculty director of Action Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management; Peter Krause PhD '11, three time MISTI alum and also lecturer for courses that MISTI students take before going to the Middle East, as well as assistant professor of political science at Boston College and a research affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program.

Hackathon: Latin America vs. COVID-19 (June 19-21)
The sixth event in the MIT COVID-19 Challenge Series of Virtual Hackathons to build solutions for COVID-19, this hackaton seeks to develop solutions that have meaningful impact in Latin America in the short-term (3-6 months).

MIT-News: MIT builds community for the Africa Takes On Covid-19 challenge (May 14)
40 MIT students pull off a global virtual hackathon in less than two weeks.

Podcast: Episode 1 - Climate, Communications, and COVID (May 11)
How COVID-19 affects things from communications to climate change.
Guests: MIT-Africa program partner Michala Mackay, the Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Sierra Leone and MIT-Brazil program partner Dr. Carlos Nobre, Senior Scientist at University of Sao Paulo's Institute for Advanced Studies, chair of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change, and co-chair of the Science Panel for the Amazon. 

Webinar: COVID-19: On the Ground in India (May 7)
Updates about the efforts of MIT alumni to tackle the global crisis in India.
Panelists: Hank Levine, Founder of iPlace USA (SM '85), Mukesh Bansal, IAS officer (MBA '19), Anushka Shah, Founder of Civic Studios, Anirudh Sharma, Founder of Graviky (SM '14), and Rijul Kochhar, Anthropologist (PhD MIT-HASTS)

Webinar: Israeli Medical Innovation - Coronavirus-Era (May 6)
This exciting webinar brings Israel to MIT and MIT to Israel featuring Israeli healthcare leadership, MISTI MIT-Israel alum Peniel Argaw, and MIT-Israel host faculty member at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Prof. Avi Schroeder.
Panelists: Ayla Matalon, Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum; Dr Eyal Zimlichman, Deputy Director, Chief Innovation Officer, Sheba Medical Center; Avner Halperin, MIT Sloan 2001, Founder & Board Member, Early Sense; and Prof. Avi Schroeder, Associate Professor Chemical Eng., Technion Israel Inst. of Technology

True Africa: How a Few MIT Students Produced One of the Best Hackathons on Covid-19 (May 4)
A team of MIT students hosted the “Africa Takes on Covid-19” virtual hackathon, which brought together participants from around the world to “create tech driven solutions to address the most critical unmet needs caused by the Covid-19 outbreak across the continent,” reports Claude Grunitzky for True Africa.