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USC Global Conference News

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

From the South China Morning Post and Finance Asia

Media coverage of the 2011 USC Global Conference included an op-ed by USC president C. L. Max Nikias; an article on USC alumnus Frank Gehry; and an article in FinanceAsia on sustainable economic growth in the international marketplace.

South China Morning Post (China) ran an op-ed by USC President C. L. Max Nikias on how the center of technological and social development has shifted from the Atlantic to the Pacific Rim. “Right now, the seeds for future collaborations and innovations are being planted at my own university, University of Southern California, which is home to more international students than any other U.S. college or university. Students from 115 countries, including more than 2,600 students from China, are enrolled at USC, engaging in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate disciplines,” Nikias wrote. “We also offer the Global Scholars Program and the Global Fellows Internship Program, which help students acquire the education, experience and connections to help them build bridges between cultures and disciplines.” He added: “We have the opportunity to create an East-West alliance of unrivalled expertise, promise and potential. Together we have the power to shape the future of the Pacific Rim and to improve the quality of life for people around the world.”  Read the full article (PDF download.)

FinanceAsia (China) featured the 2011 USC Global Conference in Hong Kong, which included discussions on sustainable economic growth and the interconnection between China and the West. Food demand was among the topics considered. USC Trustee Ronnie Chan, chairman of the Hang Lung Group, said: “If Chinese begin eating chicken, the world is going to have a problem; if Chinese begin drinking red wine, the world is going to have a problem; if Chinese begin eating beef, both the Western world and the Chinese world will have a problem.”

The South China Morning Post also included an interview with USC alumnus and Judge Widney Professor of Architecture, Frank Gehry.  An exhibition of Gehry’s work, Outside the Box, opens at Taikoo Place this month in Hong Kong, in conjunction with the architect’s first residential project in Asia, the near-completed luxury property Opus Hong Kong at 53 Stubbs Road.  Read the full article (PDF download.)

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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.