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USC Thornton sends first student to Sibelius Academy in Finland for a trailblazing new music exchange program

Curtis Green dressed for the Finnish winter during his time at the Sibelius Academy. (Photo/Courtesy of Curtis Green)

American music students traditionally have few chances for global study, but USC’s music school wants to change that.

Curtis Green, a jazz pianist raised in New York City, came to USC to train for a career in film composing. That plan took a detour when he became the first exchange student at the Sibelius Academy in Finland — a program established with the USC Thornton School of Music.

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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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