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

Topic: Media Release

Video from the Financial Times: Hollywood comes to China

A huge and fast growing market makes China attractive to filmmakers and distributors, but are the terms of doing business too onerous? Elizabeth Daley, Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, talks to Hannah Kuchler from the Financial Times about joint ventures, censorship and intellectual property.

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.


“The Future of Business in a Global World” Stirs Media Attention

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release)—The USC Global Conference plenary panel on “The Future of Business in a Global World,” organized and moderated by USC Trustee Ronnie Chan—chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and Hang Lung Properties Limited—drew the attention of dozens of regional media interested in the views of some of the most influential minds of the business world in Asia as they forecasted the direction of regional and world economies in an increasingly interconnected global environment. 

The discussants included one of the most recent additions to the USC Board of Trustees, Chengyu Fu, chairman of China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC Group), Asia’s largest oil refiner.  Mr. Fu, highly regarded in the energy industry, is a USC alumnus with a master’s

Opening Night Gala

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release) The 2011 USC Global Conference opened with a roaring success—a lion’s roar, that is—as USC president C. L. Max Nikias (r.) and Hong Kong Finance Secretary John Tsang (l.) inaugurated the three-day conference with a ceremonial “waking” of a lion in a traditional Chinese lion dance. The waking was a symbol of both the beginning of the conference, and the larger emergence of the “Age of the Pacific” that is a focus of the University of Southern California.

USC Media Campaign in Asia

USC announced its presence in Asia in the October 13, 2011 edition of The Wall Street Journal Asia and the South China Morning Post (SCMP), as a precursor to the three-day Global Conference. In addition, a recent SCMP article was published featuring research by Nathanael Fast of the USC Marshall School and Stanford University and Northwestern University colleagues, on power and status.

A Winning Combination: The New York Times Knowledge Network and USC

HONG KONG, October 13, 2011—The New York Times Knowledge Network (, the pre-conference reception sponsor of the 2011 USC Global Conference, announced to conference attendees that The University of Southern California ( has become a continuing education partner to establish and offer a new extensive online programs.

Chinese Language Media Release

The media release for the 2011 USC Global Conference is available for download in Chinese.

USC Global Conference: The Future Is On

The sixth USC Global Conference, held by the University of Southern California every other year to confront pressing challenges in an interconnected world, will take place Oct. 13-15 in Hong Kong.

Focusing on recent, interrelated shifts in global technology, the economy, environment, and governance, the conference will gather leading experts in each of these areas to examine global challenges and explore potential opportunities.

USC and Taiwan To Partner on PhD Fellowships

The University of Southern California and the Taiwan Ministry of Education are delighted to announce the creation of “Taiwan-USC Scholarships,” a joint partnership that will provide Ph.D. students from Taiwan with full tuition and living stipends as they pursue advanced degrees at USC.

The partnership was formally commenced at a signing ceremony in Taipei on October 6, 2011, attended by representatives from the Taiwan Ministry of Education and USC.

Read the full release.


USC Rossier Launching New Global Executive Ed.D.

USC Rossier School of Education is recruiting the first cohort for an unprecedented new professional doctorate program, the Global Executive Ed.D,* to be conducted through
collaborative online learning combined with residential sessions in both Los Angeles and Hong Kong. The first cohort will begin in summer 2012.

The two-year hybrid program will focus on preparing senior education leaders and policy makers from the United States, the Asia Pacific Rim, and other countries, to understand education policy from a global perspective. USC specifically identified Hong Kong as its second location, as it is centrally located for over half the world’s population.


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.