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2017 USC Global Conference draws to a close in Tokyo

Student performers from the USC Kaufman School of Dance pose with USC President C. L. Max Nikias and his wife, Niki C. Nikias (center), along with USC Kaufman Dean Robert Cutietta, left, and Vice Dean Jodie Gates, right, as the 2017 Global Conference comes to close. (USC Photo/Daiki Suzuki)

The 2017 USC Global Conference drew to a close Saturday night with a gala dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. President C. L. Max Nikias reflected on the learnings of the conference and shared the destination of the next event.

“Our alumni and faculty and friends have been able to identify emerging issues and opportunities in this still-young ‘age of the Pacific’ … as well as potential allies in addressing them,” Nikias said.

“And we look forward to seeing you all at our next Global Conference in the spring of 2020 … in the great city of Beijing!”

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New Global MPP brings together diverse cohort, expands views on shared challenges

Global MPP students tour Homeboy Industries as part of a day centered around social justice lessons. (Photo by Deirdre Flanagan)

Professionals from around the world seeking a global and comparative perspective on policy challenges in today’s interconnected society spent a week at USC in June, as part an L.A. residency program that officially marked the start of the new Master of Global Public Policy— an innovative joint degree with the USC Price School of Public Policy and Hong Kong University.

The Global MPP offers a hybrid format with five week-long residencies in Pacific Rim cities over 15 months, with online instruction in between. This provides needed flexibility for the students, many of whom are working professionals with five or more years of experience.

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USC Marshall’s International Business Education and Research (IBEAR) program celebrates 40 years of success

USC Marshall was one of the first business schools in the country to make global education a priority. This month, one of its first innovative programs for international business education celebrates its 40th year—proving the old axiom that everything gets (even) better with age.

Today, Marshall’s International Business Education and Research (IBEAR) MBA maintains its place at the forefront of global business education, continuing to push the standard it helped set for leadership and executive training back in the 70s.

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USC partners on plan to help Japan’s older population — at a beauty college

Beauticians work with the aging population at the Yamano Beauty College. The Japanese culture places a premium on service and hospitality, known as omontenashi. (Photo/Courtesy of Yamano Beauty College)

From the dramatic hairdos and makeup made famous through the centuries-old Geisha culture to the fashion-forward stylings of today’s Harajuku girls, Japan has long been a world leader in beauty trends.

As part of what is called a super-aging society, the Yamano Beauty College in Japan is at the vanguard of another movement as well.

Through a unique partnership with the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the school is preparing beauticians-to-be to meet the needs of Japan’s older adults. From health screenings to house calls, this collaboration recognizes the front-line role today’s beauty school students will play in caring for aging clients in Japan, the country with the oldest population in the world.

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