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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USC and Taiwan Ministry of Education create fellowships to train top scientists from Taiwan

C.J. Liu, education counselor with the Taiwan Ministry of Education, bottom left, and C. L. Max Nikias sign a memorandum of understanding for a program that will bring top Taiwanese scientists to USC. USC Trustee John Mork, top left, and Taiwan Political Deputy Minister Tsai Ching-Hwa attended the ceremony. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC and the Taiwan Ministry of Education signed a memorandum of understanding for the university to host and train top Taiwanese academics as postdoctoral fellows on its Los Angeles campuses.

At the signing ceremony in Taipei on February 20th, representatives from the Taiwan Ministry of Education and USC formalized the creation of a new joint program that will accept recent PhD grantees from Taiwan for postdoctoral fellowships that may last as long as two years. The academic fellows will specialize in sustainable energy, defense and other technology, as well as engineering, biomedicine and the biological sciences.

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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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