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

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Renewing Trojan Connections

USC executive leadership, including USC president C.L. Max Nikias, were warmly received in several key meetings with prominent Hong Kong alumni during the days leading up to the 2011 USC Global Conference.  The C-suite meetings renewed the historic ties between the University of Southern California and the executive leadership of the Hong Kong business community.

Musical Dispatch from Taiwan

As the 2011 Global Conference kicks into high gear, several of the professional schools are hosting Asia region events in tandem with the main conference events. The following dispatch from Taipei, Taiwan, comes courtesy of Dean Robert Cutietta of the USC Thornton School of Music:

“I just have to bring you up-to-date on an amazing event this past Tuesday night in  Taipei.  Nine Thornton alumni rented out the National Recital Hall in downtown Taipei and

Alumni Night at the Races

USC alumni were treated to a special night at the world-famous Hong Kong Jockey Club, hosted by Tony Choi, chairman of the USC Alumni Club of Hong Kong. Amid the excitement of the races, alumni from the L.A. area and the Asia region made new friendships and renewed long-held ties.

See more photos from the event.

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.

Media and Culture Conference Features Zhang Jizhong

LOS ANGELES—Acclaimed Chinese film and television director and producer Zhang Jizhong, who is currently creating a theme park in China based on the Monkey King legend, will be joining Hollywood entertainment heavyweights and academic experts at the Media and Culture in Contemporary China conference, which will be held at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) on Oct. 21 and the University of Southern California (USC) on Oct. 22.

The free two-day conference, sponsored by the UCLA-USC Joint East Asian Studies Center, a consortium that brings together the Asia Institute at UCLA and the East Asian Studies Center at USC, will focus on the globalization of the Chinese entertainment industry and the impact of film and television on public perception and culture in China.

Read the full release.


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.