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Global Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities Hong Kong, October 13-15, 2011

Conference Close Pays Tribute to Ronnie Chan, Announces New Programs

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release)—The 2011 USC Global Conference came to a close after a whirlwind of activity, encompassing nonstop networking among the Trojan alumni; academic presentations by distinguished members of USC faculty; and a memorable evening of ceremony and splendor during the closing dinner.


New International Initiatives Announced

USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Elizabeth Garrett, addressed the continuing importance of a global vision in higher education, and USC’s ongoing efforts to lead the way among top research universities.

“USC’s pioneering effort in global engagement will have our peer institutions continuing to look at us as a model,” said Garrett, “Because internationalization is no longer an opportunity, it is a necessity.  And USC is prepared to play an even greater role on the international stage.  What we do on this stage will have a profound effect on our university, and even more importantly on the improvement, and transformation, of a global community.”

Provost Garrett announced two new initiatives that support this university priority.  The first is the expansion of USC operations with the recent establishment of a USC Shanghai Office shared with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Marshall School of Business; a new USC Beijing Office shared with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that opens on next week on October 20, 2011; an upcoming office in São Paulo, Brazil that will open this year.  The second is the launch of a new international arts fellowship through five graduate programs in the arts schools—the USC School of Architecture, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, the USC Thornton School of Music, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and the USC School of Theatre.


Conference Co-Chair Pledges Campaign Gift, Encourages Others

Conference co-chair and USC Trustee Ronnie Chan also roused the audience with a remarkable announcement of his own: as a “one year birthday present” in celebration of president Nikias’ first year in office, Chan pledged to double his previous philanthropic giving over the course of the next seven years (the duration of the Campaign for the University of Southern California, Fas Regna Trojae); and encouraged other USC Trustees and alumni to be equally generous to the university.

Mr. Chan lauded the university for its longstanding relationship with Asia and the Pacific Rim, saying, “USC is truly an amazing institution, and we’re perhaps one of the most far-sighted universities.”

“Do you know when the USC first visited China?  I graduated with an MBA degree in 1976,” he recalled,  “Two years later, in 1978, the USC Board of Trustees went to China.  Since that time it has been back many times, and today it is probably fair to say that USC has the strongest group of alumni in this part of the world—in China, India, Japan, Korea, and many other countries.”

In recognition for his many contributions, USC president C. L. Max Nikias presented Ronnie Chan with a formal resolution of commendation, recently approved the by the USC Board of Trustees.

“Our gratitude cannot be overstated to this man, who has helped transform the Trojan Family into a truly global academic community,” said Nikias, “As is our custom, when the University of Southern California wants to pay its highest tribute, it does so in the form of a Board of Trustees resolution of commendation.”

USC Global Conference 2013: Destination Seoul

As the evening concluded, Nikias, together with USC Trustee Yang Ho Cho, invited the alumni delegation from Korea to come to the stage as they announced the location of the next USC Global Conference: to be held in Seoul, Korea in 2013.

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Under the banner of “Global Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities,” USC hosts its 2011 Global Conference in Hong Kong Oct. 13 to 15. Remarks by USC president C. L. Max Nikias and a keynote address by Thomas L. Friedman set the stage for a program of leading experts providing global perspectives on technologies and the economy, global health and the environment, and governance and cultural landscapes. Follow us on Twitter #USCHK.