USC is a global university and a leader in international education with a diverse body of international students and a worldwide alumni network. USC prepares students to thrive in the global marketplace by emphasizing research, study abroad and service learning opportunities that span countries and continents.
The opportunity for increased academic and research engagement with Cuba inspired a recent visit to Havana, where USC administrators met with leading higher education institutions and the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education.
Led by USC Provost Michael Quick, the USC visit was hosted in December by Vice Minister for Higher Education Dr. Aurora Fernandez Gonzalez. Conversations spanned student research and engagement opportunities to new possibilities for collaboration in basic and social sciences, the arts and medicine.
A new agreement between the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Ministry of Health in Mexico City will facilitate research and academic exchanges.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera and José Armando Ahued, secretary of health, attended the signing ceremony with Thomas Jackiewicz, senior vice president and CEO for Keck Medicine of USC, and Rod Hanners, chief operating office for Keck Medicine of USC and CEO for Keck Medical Center of USC.
For many students, studying abroad is one of the must-have experiences of college.
“When you take in the world from an unfamiliar angle, you gain a new vantage point,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias told incoming freshmen in August.
In the spirit of global exchange, several new initiatives are currently in development at the USC Thornton School of Music to make studying abroad easier than ever for young musicians — from partnerships to exchanges and more.
USC will host visiting artists and scholars from Mexico for one week or longer every year, with the first expected next year, under an agreement signed Thursday, November 17.
Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles Carlos Garcia de Alba and USC Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives Anthony Bailey signed the pact for the university to partner with the government of Mexico’s Cátedra México initiative.
On Monday, October 17, USC and Peking University, China’s premier college, formalized their partnership to develop one of China’s first graduate programs in occupational therapy, a rehabilitation field with growing demand because of a massive, aging Chinese population.
The alliance between the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Peking University Health Science Center is the result of USC’s China Initiative, which began in 2014 as part of a $20 million naming gift from USC Trustee Ronnie C. Chan and his wife, Barbara.