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USC Hosts Former British Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron visits with USC President C. L. Max Nikias on Feb. 2. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

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.”

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USC Builds Connections with Cuba

USC Provost Michael Quick, Anthony Bailey and Angela McCracken were hosted in Cuba by officials Dr. Aurora Fernandez Gonzalez, Vice Minister for Higher Education, (center) and Iliana Martínez González, International Collaboration Specialist at the Ministry of Higher Education (far right).

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.

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Keck Medicine of USC signs new pact with Mexico City’s Ministry of Health

Anthony Bailey, vice president for strategic and global initiatives, Thomas Jackiewicz, chief executive officer, Keck Medicine of USC; Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, Mexico City; JoséŽ Armando Ahued, secretary of health, from left (Photo/Ricardo Carrasco III)

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.

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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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