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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USC and universities in Hong Kong and South Korea begin new dual degree master’s degree program

USC Rossier partners on global program for bilingual education teachers with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Yonsei University. (Photo/Courtesy of HKUST)

The USC Rossier School of Education is launching a new dual master’s degree program to help address the growing demand for bilingual education teachers in Chinese, Korean and other languages.

The World Master’s in Language Teaching program, to begin this fall will bring USC Rossier together with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

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Chinese Tech Pioneers Look Back at Their USC Years

In the 1980s, the first wave of engineering students from China came to USC, and they’ve helped transform high tech.

The two-story house at 1175 29th St. looks little different than most around it in Los Angeles’ West Adams neighborhood. But this unexceptional dwelling north of the USC University Park Campus has an exceptional past.

More than 30 years ago, in 1984–1985, this Craftsman housed scores of students from China—most of them engineers—who came to America with hopes of parlaying a USC degree into a passport for success.

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Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela receives award at USC

Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles Carlos Garcia de Alba, USC Vice President Anthony Bailey, LA Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela, Governor of Sonora Claudi Pavlovich Arrellano, Director of US-Mexico Network at USC Pamela Starr, Minister of Education for the State of Sonora Ernesto de Lucas Hopkins.

As part of the university’s participation in the “Year of Mexico in Los Angeles”, USC hosted legendary Dodger’s pitcher Fernando Valenzuela as he received a citation and award from his home state of Sonora, Mexico. A superstar in both Los Angeles and his home country, Valenzuela is one of the best left-handed pitchers and hitters in Major League history, and is currently a Spanish-language broadcaster for the Dodgers.

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Hollywood Foreign Press Association endows fund for international students at USC School of Cinematic Arts

The cohort at the USC School of Cinematic Arts will begin this fall. (Photo/Ed Carreon)

A $2 million endowment from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will help foreign students study this fall at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The gift represents the largest donation dedicated to assisting international students with financial needs and is a step in the school’s mission to promote a more diverse and globally inclusive environment. Students who receive the funds will be known as HFPA International Scholars.

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USC Researchers Help Develop Solutions to Cuba’s Aging Problem

Maria Aranda (center left) and William Vega (center right) traveled to Cuba recently to share their expertise on health and well-being among aging Latino populations.

A plummeting birthrate and scarcity of resources have left Cuba facing a demographic dilemma.

Within a few decades, experts predict that more than 40 percent of the Cuban population will be older than 60, according to a New York Times story, which noted that young couples are increasingly reluctant to have children given the average monthly salary of $20. The resultant strain on Cuba’s health care system, not to mention the growing burden on families and communities, is daunting.

But thanks to a slight thawing of the icy relationship between the United States and Cuba under the Obama administration, researchers from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work might be able to share some solutions.

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USC, Mexico Make Strides in Public Health Research

Jonathan Samet accepts an honorary degree awarded by Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. (Photo/Heather Wipfli)

For more than 20 years, Jonathan Samet has developed strategies to prevent smoking in Mexico, with help from scientists and leaders at the country’s National Institute of Public Health (INSP).

The USC Distinguished Professor teams with several of Mexico’s 12 institutes of health, which aim to improve public health through research, policy and care. The INSP’s research centers and school of public health examine tobacco, obesity and other contributors to non-communicable disease.

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