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A plummeting birthrate and scarcity of resources have left Cuba facing a demographic dilemma.
Within a few decades, experts predict that more than 40 percent of the Cuban population will be older than 60, according to a New York Times story, which noted that young couples are increasingly reluctant to have children given the average monthly salary of $20. The resultant strain on Cuba’s health care system, not to mention the growing burden on families and communities, is daunting.
But thanks to a slight thawing of the icy relationship between the United States and Cuba under the Obama administration, researchers from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work might be able to share some solutions.
The USC Distinguished Professor teams with several of Mexico’s 12 institutes of health, which aim to improve public health through research, policy and care. The INSP’s research centers and school of public health examine tobacco, obesity and other contributors to non-communicable disease.
USC and the Taiwan Ministry of Education signed a memorandum of understanding for the university to host and train top Taiwanese academics as postdoctoral fellows on its Los Angeles campuses.
At the signing ceremony in Taipei on February 20th, representatives from the Taiwan Ministry of Education and USC formalized the creation of a new joint program that will accept recent PhD grantees from Taiwan for postdoctoral fellowships that may last as long as two years. The academic fellows will specialize in sustainable energy, defense and other technology, as well as engineering, biomedicine and the biological sciences.
The USC Price School of Public Policy’s Safe Communities Institute hosted a delegation from 10 European countries on February 16th as part of a continuing effort to share research and exchange ideas relating to countering violent extremism.
Over the year and a half since its launch, the Safe Communities Institute (SCI) has hosted 160 representatives from more than 50 countries as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program run by the U.S. State Department.
The benefits of globalization and the values that bind the U.K. and the U.S. took center stage as David Cameron, former prime minister of the U.K., visited USC on Thursday.
Cameron addressed more than 1,000 at Bovard Auditorium as part of USC President C. L. Max Nikias’ Distinguished Lecture series.
“He pushed through welfare reform, reduced the number of people living in poverty, and helped create more than 1.5 million new jobs,” Nikias said. “He introduced a national living wage, won passage of gay rights legislation, and won a national referendum to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom.
“What Mr. Cameron achieved between 2010 and 2016 was nothing short of astonishing,” Nikias added. “He did it with enchanting grace, scholarly charm and a courageous heart.”