Our Programs

MIT’s global initiatives make it possible to provide scientific and technological expertise to the people and places that can benefit most through a range of cooperative research initiatives, educational opportunities, and service projects.

These are some of the programs that advance knowledge, promote innovation, and deliver on our mission in a fast-changing world.

Program Spotlight

CIS Starr Forum: A public event series, hosted by MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) and sponsored by the Starr Foundation of New York. This speaker series brings to the MIT campus leading academics, policymakers and journalists to discuss pressing issues in the world of international relations and US foreign policy.

 

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The Legatum Center was founded on the belief that entrepreneurs and their market-driven solutions are critical to advancing economic and social progress in the developing world. The Center's highly competitive student fellowship program, thought leadership, and programming for emerging market entrepreneurs drive inclusive prosperity by building pathways that enable the next generation of change agents to create good jobs, transform systems, and improve lives.
CIS supports and promotes international research and education at MIT. The Center has traditionally been aligned with the social sciences while working with MIT’s science and engineering scholars whenever possible. We produce research that creatively addresses global issues, while helping to educate the next generation of global citizens. Our work informs public opinion, government decision makers, international organizations, and the MIT community.
MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. The mission is pursued through an academic program of more than 20 MIT classes, student project travel, research, and community engagement. D-Lab collaborates with organizations—such as local nongovernmental organizations and social enterprises—in communities in two-dozen countries around the world.
The Environmental Solutions Initiative is MIT’s institute-wide effort to mobilize the substantial scientific, engineering, policy, and design capacity of our community to contribute to addressing climate change and other environmental challenges of global import. Working with government, community and industry partners across the globe, we pursue multidisciplinary research, education, events, and partnerships to help move society toward an environmentally and socially sustainable future.
MIT Open Learning seeks to transform teaching and learning at MIT and around the globe. It encompasses the Office of Digital Learning, which offers digital products and services; MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), which leads teaching and learning research; the Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), which convenes a global community to share research and best practices; and other projects and groups focused on educational innovation.
MIT REAP provides opportunities for communities to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial (IDE) ecosystems. Eight teams from around the world participate annually in this two-year program, which educates regional IDE ecosystem leaders through team-based learning, and impacts regions by developing new programmatic and policy interventions.
MIT SHASS is home to a vast research portfolio engaged with the world. SHASS research helps to alleviate global poverty; steer economies and international relationships; understand the past and present; assess the impact of technology; advance the arts; understand cultures; and inform policy on issues including: justice, healthcare, energy, elections, climate, work and economic equity. SHASS also has a key role in international education, preparing MIT students to collaborate and thrive in cultures around the globe.
MIT Sloan Global Programs (GP) seeks to establish, maintain, and grow international collaborations with public and private institutions, and to develop innovative leaders who improve the world through management education. Through the varied portfolio of partnerships, MIT Sloan GP engages with numerous regions around the world. These activities include teaching, research, and capacity building collaborations that advance MIT’s mission on a global stage.
Solve is an initiative of MIT with a mission to solve world challenges, and a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs around the world, then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of members to fund and support these entrepreneurs so they can drive lasting, transformational impact.