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USC to Open Office in Shanghai

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The Shanghai skyline reflects a booming economy. (USC Photo)

Taking the next step toward doubling its office presence in Asia, USC’s Office of Globalization announced the opening of a new international office in Shanghai, China. This brings the number of USC offices in Asia to four. Two other international offices in South Korea and India are scheduled to open later this year.

USC is the nation’s leader in international education, with 7,189 international students enrolled for the most recent academic year, the largest number of any U.S. university. Its other Asia offices are in Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo. There is also an office in Mexico City.

The new office is located on the 27th floor of the Chong Hing Financial Centre in the heart of Shanghai’s central business district, over the hub of the city’s sprawling subway system. It will be an academic and research hub for the university in one of China’s most dynamic cities and will support the university’s academic mission by advancing research and other partnerships, recruiting international students and developing opportunities for USC students to study, conduct research, work in internships and engage in service-based learning in China.

USC alumna Jennifer Yixuan Zhao MBA ’09 has been appointed associate director of the new office. She joins Tom Petersen, director of the USC Marshall School of Business Global Executive MBA program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Christopher Leung MS ’08, who represents the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Zhao, who did her undergraduate work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Business Administration, was a senior consultant for the international consulting company Capgemini in Shanghai prior to studying at USC. She also has worked in Shanghai as a consultant at BearingPoint, an international management and technology consulting company.

“The Shanghai office will solidify USC’s presence in one of the Pacific Rim’s most important cities,” said C. L. Max Nikias, USC provost and executive vice president. “The university continues to look for ways to strengthen its collaborations with China, and the establishment of this office represents a significant step forward in these efforts.”

Adam Clayton Powell III, USC vice provost for globalization, said: “The opening of our office in Shanghai is a reflection of USC’s many and deep connections to China, as well as the city’s rising international influence. As America’s leader in international education, it’s essential for USC to have a full-time presence in China’s largest city and such an important center of finance and trade.”

Last year, more than 1,200 students from China enrolled at USC, making it the most popular American university among Chinese students. More than 2,100 alumni live in China, and there are active USC alumni clubs in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta.

Prominent alumni include Ronnie C. Chan, chairman of the Hang Lung Group of Hong Kong and a USC trustee; Fu Chengyu, president of the China National Offshore Oil Co.; David Harilela, CEO of the Harilela Group; Lei Jieqiong, former vice chair of the National People’s Congress and former vice mayor of Beijing; and Ming Hsieh, entrepreneur and founder of AMAZ Information Technologies and Cogent Systems.

Academically, USC has several ties to Shanghai institutions, including partnerships with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the College of Civil Engineering at Shanghai-based Tongji University. In 2008, the USC School of Architecture launched a permanent research institute in Shanghai called the American Academy in China. USC also founded the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, an international organization that fosters collaboration among 42 universities throughout the region, including eight in China.

USC’s Office of Globalization, under the Office of the Provost, supervises a network of international offices created to support the university’s academic mission. USC’s international offices work closely with academic partners in education and research, partners in the corporate and nongovernmental organization worlds, government agencies and international organizations, as well as a global network of the university’s alumni and friends.

An opening event celebrating the new office will be held in Shanghai on Oct. 27, just before USC’s fifth Global Conference takes place in Taipei Oct. 29-31.

The new USC office is located at Suite 2704, Chong Hing Financial Centre, 288 Nanjina West Road, Shanghai 200003, China. Telephone: (+86-21) 6137-5380. Fax: (+86-21) 6137-5389. Jennifer Zhao can be reached via e-mail at

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