New partnerships formed in Seoul
The Trojan Family is already connecting and networking at full speed as final preparations are made for the opening of the USC Global Conference in Seoul, South Korea.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Dean Yannis C. Yortsos of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering on May 23 signed an agreement formalizing a partnership — the Airbus Institute for Engineering Research (AIER) — between USC Viterbi, aircraft manufacturer Airbus, Inha University and Korea Aerospace University (KAU).
Choonbae Park, president of Inha University, signed the agreement along with KAU President Junku Yuh and Jean-Francois Laval, executive vice president of Asia for Airbus. Under the agreement, Airbus will provide funding to support the work of all three universities working together to conduct joint research projects in aerospace engineering.
USC Trustee Y.H. Cho, co-chair of the USC Global Conference, presided over the event.
The new partnership, which represents an extension of a previous collaboration between the four entities, aims to advance a number of topics of importance to the aerospace industry.
Yortsos hailed the collaboration as “an unparalleled partnership between three universities and a global company spanning three continents, providing a unique example of global collaboration in engineering research.”
USC Viterbi has a long-standing history of educational partnerships in South Korea, including collaborations with KAU, Inha University, Seoul National University’s College of Engineering, Pusan National University and Sungyunkwan University. These collaborations include research on advancing technologies in commercial aviation, robotics, materials science and airport security via joint research and academic exchanges.
USC Global Alumni Leaders meet during the USC Global Conference in Seoul.
The conference site was also full of activity as Trojans were making alumni connections. Patrick Auerbach, USC interim associate vice president for Alumni Relations, convened the leadership of USC Alumni clubs from Asia, Mexico and the Middle East during the 2013 Alumni Leadership Symposium. USC Korea Alumni Association President Myungwon Chung, USC Alumni Association President Mitchell Lew and President-elect Ramona Cappello welcomed the delegates before they began sessions on topics such as leveraging virtual communications, engaging different generations and volunteer leadership development. Delegates were joined at a luncheon by Al Checcio, senior vice president for University Advancement.
USC Professor Nancy Staudt and USC Price School of Public Policy Dean Jack H. Knott, far left, meet with colleagues at Seoul National University.
Academic leaders from the USC schools also held high-level meetings with their counterparts at Korean universities. Dean Jack H. Knott of the USC Price School of Public Policy met with Kun Lee, president of the University of Seoul; Geunhee Choi, dean of the College of Urban Sciences; and Sunghack Lim, vice president of international affairs. Choi is an alumnus of USC Price, as are several other faculty members of the University of Seoul. Members of the two institutions discussed furthering education exchanges between the two countries, including study abroad opportunities and intensive immersion programs in Seoul.
Dean Carmen A. Puliafito of the Keck School of Medicine of USC visited Seoul National University at the invitation of Daehee Kang, dean of the university’s College of Medicine and president of the Korean Association of Medical Colleges. Puliafito met with colleagues from several Korean medical schools for a discussion on medical education in Korea and the United States. He also signed a memorandum of understanding with Seoul National University’s College of Medicine for a new student exchange program.