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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USC partners on plan to help Japan’s older population — at a beauty college

Beauticians work with the aging population at the Yamano Beauty College. The Japanese culture places a premium on service and hospitality, known as omontenashi. (Photo/Courtesy of Yamano Beauty College)

From the dramatic hairdos and makeup made famous through the centuries-old Geisha culture to the fashion-forward stylings of today’s Harajuku girls, Japan has long been a world leader in beauty trends.

As part of what is called a super-aging society, the Yamano Beauty College in Japan is at the vanguard of another movement as well.

Through a unique partnership with the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the school is preparing beauticians-to-be to meet the needs of Japan’s older adults. From health screenings to house calls, this collaboration recognizes the front-line role today’s beauty school students will play in caring for aging clients in Japan, the country with the oldest population in the world.

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USC Annenberg No. 1 in international communication and media studies ranking

Wallis Annenberg Hall (Photo/Chris Shinn)

John New’s journey to USC began with a Skype conversation and a challenge.

He was searching for an international graduate program that would not only provide a deep foundation in media and communications, but also ensure access to the field’s top scholars and practitioners.

“You’ll never find what you’re looking for,” New’s skeptical brother Danny said.

Like many other students, especially international students, New turned to the QS World University Rankings to help guide his research. That’s when he discovered USC Annenberg holds the No. 1 spot in the communication and media studies subject ranking.

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END OF TRANSITION: USC hosts international conference in Yerevan, Armenia

Salpi Ghazarian, director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies (Photo/USC Institute of Armenian Studies)

The Provost of the University of Southern California, Dr. Michael Quick, and Dr. Anthony Bailey, USC’s Vice-President for Strategic and Global Initiatives as well as dignitaries and over twenty scholars from Armenia and around the world participated in the second part of “The End of Transition: Shifting Focus a Quarter Century After the Soviet Collapse” international conference, held on May 23-24, in Yerevan, Armenia.

Organized by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, the conference’s first part was held on the USC campus April 9 and 10, and featured scholars and specialists from across the globe as they discussed Armenia’s trajectory since independence in 1991.

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World’s largest international education conference comes to Los Angeles, with support of USC

The Spirit of Troy plays “Como Ves” with Ozomotli at LA Live during NAFSA’s opening night celebration.

The National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA), the world’s largest association dedicated to advancing international education, launched its annual conference over the Memorial Day weekend with a Community Celebration featuring the Spirit of Troy and Ozomatli, the two-time Grammy award-winning Latin rock band from Los Angeles. In celebration of the nearly 10,000 attendees, the USC Trojan Marching Band played “Fight On,” “Tusk” and others and ended their set by playing “Como Ves” in collaboration with Ozomatli.

The conference, themed “Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections,” drew international educators and delegations from over 100 countries to learn and share best practices with the global education community from May 28-June 2.

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Global journey comes to a successful end for first World Bachelor in Business grads

The first graduates of the World Bachelor’s in Business program celebrate their accomplishments. (Photo/William Vasta)

For Daniel Resch WBB ’17, the biggest culture shock wasn’t leaving his home on the Spanish isle of Majorca and coming to Los Angeles. It was the mindset of American college students that perplexed him.

“Everyone here was extremely driven in the professional sense,” he said. “I had to Google what an ‘internship’ was. I thought college came first, then you work.”

He caught on soon enough. And on May 12 he donned regalia and walked along with his classmates in the USC Marshall School of Business undergraduate commencement ceremony as one of the first graduates of the World Bachelor in Business program.

But instead of claiming one degree, he would be taking three, from three business schools on three continents, which he had attended each of his previous three years.

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Lemann Foundation in Brazil makes gift to USC Marshall funding endowed chair and social entrepreneurship scholarships

The Lemann Foundation of Brazil has made a gift to the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in support of entrepreneurship research and student scholarships.

“The Lemann Foundation recognizes the importance of educational opportunities as well as the value of entrepreneurship,” said James G. Ellis, dean of USC Marshall. “This generous gift at once supports both.”

The gift supports up to six scholarships for Brazilian students enrolled in the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship degree (MSSE), as well as the Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship.

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