USC Sends Presidential Delegation to Brazil
SÃ£o Paulo to host USC’s eighth international office
USC President C. L. Max Nikias is leading a delegation of deans and trustees Feb. 25-28 to SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil, where USC will open its eighth international office, and to Rio de Janeiro.
USC is among a small number of prestigious U.S. universities with offices in and official ties to Brazil, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and Columbia universities.
“The University of Southern California community is eager to build even stronger ties with Brazil, and to lay a solid foundation for longstanding, mutually-beneficial collaborations,” Nikias said. “Brazil will play a particularly vital role in these partnerships, given its strategic location in the Pacific Rim, and USC’s ambition to attract the world’s most talented and creative students.”
Brazil recently passed the United Kingdom as the word’s sixth largest economy. And it will host the World Cup in 2014 and the summer Olympics in 2016. USC currently has more than 500 alumni living and working in Brazil.
“This is an important expansion of our relationship with Brazil which will lead to increased collaborations between USC and Brazilian researchers,” said Anthony Bailey, vice provost for global initiatives at USC.
The delegation includes the USC Marshall School of Business Dean James G. Ellis; USC Price School of Public Policy Dean Jack H. Knott; USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley; and USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos. Trustees attending include Frank Cruz, Ed and Gayle Roski, David and Dana Dornsife and John and Julie Mork.
In addition to signing an agreement between the Metropolitan Development Secretary of the State of SÃ£o Paulo and the USC Price School of Public Policy, the University of SÃ£o Paulo will sign a letter of intent to join the USC-led iPodia Alliance, an international consortium initiated by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that uses high-bandwidth connectivity to create a borderless world-classroom for teachers and learners at leading higher education institutions. This will be the first Latin American participation in Ipodia.
In collaboration with Brazil’s top state-level research foundation, the SÃ£o Paulo Research Foundation, USC will launch its second call for proposals during the visit. The first call for proposals in 2012 resulted in collaborations in the areas of areas of medicine, public policy and dentistry.
The delegation will meet with the Chief Secretary of the State of SÃ£o Paulo; the Secretaries of Economic Development, Science and Technology and Metropolitan Development; the presidents of both the University of SÃ£o Paulo and the SÃ£o Paulo Research Foundation as well as Brazilian business leaders.
The new USC office, in the Vila Olimpia district of SÃ£o Paulo, will support the recruitment of outstanding students, delivery of student-learning programs in Brazil for USC students and promote research collaborations between USC researchers and researchers throughout Brazil. USC now has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei, in addition to SÃ£o Paulo.
USC already hosts more international students than any other university in the United States, with more than 9,000 international students representing some 115 countries.
The trip to Brazil expands upon USC’s existing partnerships in the country, such as with the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil’s top private university, and the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, which provides full scholarships to high-achieving Brazilian undergraduate students for up to one year of study at USC.
“We have situated USC’s first South American office in one of the most important cities in the world. The SÃ£o Paulo office will be a catalyst for the growth of USC partnerships in research and academics as well as for recruiting top Brazilian students to USC in Los Angeles,” Bailey said.
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