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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Keck Medicine of USC signs new pact with Mexico City’s Ministry of Health

Anthony Bailey, vice president for strategic and global initiatives, Thomas Jackiewicz, chief executive officer, Keck Medicine of USC; Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, Mexico City; JoséŽ Armando Ahued, secretary of health, from left (Photo/Ricardo Carrasco III)

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.

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USC Thornton pioneers international partnerships and exchanges, a rarity for music programs in the U.S.

USC Thornton School of Music students will have new opportunities to study abroad at partner institutions. (Photo/Chris Shinn)

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.

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USC deepens bonds with Mexico through visiting artist and scholar residency program

Anthony Bailey and Carlos Garcia de Alba, left, sign in a new partnership for visiting artists from Mexico. (Photo/Courtesy of the Consulate of Mexico)

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.

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USC, Peking University partnership to fill a void in China

Signing Ceremony on October 17, 2016. From left: Anthony Bailey, USC Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives; Michael Quick, USC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Qimin Zhan, President of Peking University Health Science Center.

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.

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