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International Training Program

A group of male and female program participants from Southeast Asia pose on a pier over a lake with mountains in the background.
The Mansfield International Training Program, housed within the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, provides cutting-edge training in a range of fields related to global issues, including economic development, environmental protection, and the rule of law. While it draws from top academic programs at UM, the Center's focus is on preparing trainees for "real world" success. Toward this end, virtually all of our experts have broad practical experience and are drawn directly from their relevant professions. In addition, all of the Center's programs combine classroom briefings with site visits that link training to concrete realities and facilitate discussion directly with business and government managers.

Customized Training Programs

We can tailor training programs in a broad range of fields and for time periods ranging from ten days to a year or more. This includes specialized programs for individuals who seek to include academic class attendance, research, and/or work in the community as visiting scholars. Particular areas of strength include global business, management, leadership skills, entrepreneurship, cross-cultural communications, media and media management, human resources, education and educational administration, and American systems. Unless stipulated to the contrary, every training program includes lectures, site visits, and informal conversations aimed at equipping trainees to understand and work more effectively globally and with Americans in particular. This includes providing a sometimes critical look at U.S. systems, customs, people, policies, and beliefs.

Engaging Locations

Male and female SUSI participants from Southeast Asia pose in front of the Congressional Building in Washington, DCOur American training center is located in Missoula, Montana, a thriving community in America's northwest. Missoula offers trainees a safe and comfortable locale, a sophisticated and welcoming population, the natural beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains, and easy access to large urban centers (such as Portland, Seattle, and Spokane) in nearby states. Outdoor recreation, farmers' markets, riverbank festivals, and frequent cultural events all help to make Missoula a desirable location. The city is regularly ranked among the "most livable cities" by American publications and is also known as a vibrant business center.

We partner with experts across Montana and the United States to provide relevant hands-on experience with on-site visits. Past programs within Montana have included the capitol city of Helena, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, the Salish and Kootenai tribes, and a variety of field studies at mining, energy, health, and natural resource sites. A special relationship with the Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation in Washington, D.C. also allows us to offer an urban-based training component that includes access to top government experts.

Experienced Staff and Program Management

Cross-Cultural Experience

Mansfield Center personnel have personal experience across the globe, including in Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Central America. Their experience and the experience of international staff, faculty, and associates allow the Mansfield Center to anticipate trainees' needs and to communicate and act in ways that minimize cultural barriers and misunderstandings. The result is a focus on respectful, honest communications, training programs that respond to clients' needs, the creation of a training and living environment that is comfortable for trainees, and a commitment to developing long-term, trusting relationships that extend beyond training.

Program Experience

The MITP has a rich history of successful training programs in a variety of areas, including economic development, rule of law, women's leadership, global environmental issues, and education. Information is available on our current International Programs and also on past international training programs.

Partners

Male and female program participants sit in rows of chairs in a wood paneled court room, listening to a male speaker.The University of Montana is a major partner in the Mansfield Center International Training Program. Training programs draw on many of areas of strength at the University of Montana, including the School of Business Administration and its Small Business Institute, the Law School, the Department of Political Science, and UM's Master's in Public Administration Program.

The Mansfield Center also draws on both local and international partners in developing its programs, and a special relationship with the Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation in Washington, D.C. allows us to offer an urban-based training component that includes access to top government experts. The Mansfield Center is a distinguished East Asian Center.

The U.S. Department of State is a key partner for many of our programs.

Inquiries

We welcome training inquiries and are happy to provide fast, confidential responses, including sample outlines of training programs and clear cost estimates for your consideration. We welcome inquiries in Chinese language. Please contact Deena Mansour at deena.mansour@umontana.edu.