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.
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.”
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.
Lead investigators from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are collaborating with USC and Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University to establish the Eastern Africa Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) Hub — one of only seven in the world. Housed in Ethiopia, it is a research and training collaboration funded by a paired, five-year $3 million NIH-Fogarty grant awarded last year.
Data proving the adverse health effects of smog-choked urban centers and indoor cook stoves, for example, are vital to prove the urgency — and necessity — of government action, according to USC principal investigators Kiros Berhane, PhD, professor of preventive medicine and director of graduate programs in biostatistics and epidemiology, and Jonathan Samet, MD, director of the USC Institute for Global Health and distinguished professor and Flora L. Thornton chair of the preventive medicine department.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Anthony Bailey, vice president for strategic and global initiatives, hosted a senior delegation of officials from Mexico on campus yesterday to discuss USC’s growing relationship with the country. Led by Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, the group also included Paulo Carreño King, undersecretary for North America and Carlos García de Alba, consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles.
“We have made a concerted effort to create closer bonds with Mexican institutions and I am thrilled that these efforts are now bearing fruit,” Nikias said. “Whether hosting brilliant Mexican postdoctoral researchers at USC or conducting joint research with leading Mexican universities, there’s little doubt that these kinds of partnerships create broad-reaching benefits. I was tremendously pleased to hear Secretary Ruiz Massieu express her support for our efforts as well as her hope that USC can deepen these ties in the years to come.”
A $200,000 gift to the International Center for Regulatory Science by philanthropist D.K. Kim will expand global outreach efforts by the USC School of Pharmacy, establishing international service and summer scholars program funds. The gift will create the D.K. Kim International Service Fund to support clinical service programs that will train pharmacy students to become primary health care providers to patients in underserved areas of developing countries, providing much-needed medical services to individuals who may not otherwise receive proper care. To read the full article click here.