USC Viterbi School of Engineering dean Yannis C. Yortsos signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan on Oct. 17.
“The USC community looks forward to building its partnerships with National Tsing Hua University,” said USC president C.L. Max Nikias. “These collaborations will surely prove mutually beneficial as we find creative and innovative ways to advance our respective goals.”
According to the MOU, over the next five years, the two universities agree to explore the feasibility of establishing closer educational and academic cooperation that would involve faculty and students. Future efforts include exploration of mutually beneficial research projects, technology transfer, faculty visits, student exchanges, integrated degree programs and application to outside funding for projects mutually beneficial to both universities.
The agreement covers three disciplines at National Tsing Hua University: engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and nuclear sciences.
USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Elizabeth Garrett said: “The increasing influence of economies, industries and culture of the countries of the Pacific Rim is clear. As premier global institutions, USC Viterbi and National Tsing Hua University are uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in research and education in this vibrant arena. This academic partnership will catalyze developments in science and technology that are necessary for meeting new types of challenges that arise in an interconnected world.”
Lih J. Chen, president of National Tsing Hua University, said: “In the past several decades, USC made significant growth not only in science and technology, but in all areas of human intellect. So this interaction will and should be the gateway to a broader intersection between our universities.”