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USC Thornton Pioneers International Partnerships and Exchanges, a Rarity for Music Programs in the U.S.

USC Thornton School of Music students will have new opportunities to study abroad at partner institutions. (Photo/Chris Shinn)

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.

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USC Deepens Bonds With Mexico Through Visiting Artist and Scholar Residency Program

Anthony Bailey and Carlos Garcia de Alba, left, sign in a new partnership for visiting artists from Mexico. (Photo/Courtesy of the Consulate of Mexico)

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.

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USC, Peking University Partnership to Fill a Void in China

Signing Ceremony on October 17, 2016. From left: Anthony Bailey, USC Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives; Michael Quick, USC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Qimin Zhan, President of Peking University Health Science Center.

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.

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USC Marshall and U.S. Dept. of Commerce Partner to Modernize Global Supply Chain

Signing Ceremony on October 14, 2016. Attendees pictured include Penny Pritzker, U.S. Commerce Secretary; James G. Ellis, Dean of USC Marshall; and Nick Vyas, Executive Director of USC Marshall’s Center for Global Supply Chain Management.

A strategic partnership with the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management aimed at improving the global competitiveness of the nation’s supply chains was signed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on October 14 at the University Park campus.

“Through this new partnership, we hope to encourage ports around the country to increase efficiency by adopting new technologies that will provide more information on the flow of goods to port users and stakeholders,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The ability to move cargo quickly through our ports is critical to national and regional trade, economic growth, and our nation’s overall competitiveness.”

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USC Professor’s School Safety Model Gains Traction in South America

Students in public elementary schools in Valparaíso, Chile, are benefiting from a school monitoring and safety program developed by researchers at USC and Bar-Ilan University.

An innovative approach to promoting safety and preventing violence in schools is being embraced in Valparaíso, Chile.

Education officials in the South American country are joining a growing list of regions around the world that have embraced a school mapping and monitoring system developed by researchers at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

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