A USC delegation visited academic, government and business leaders in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil earlier this month to build ties with top universities, corporations and policymakers, as well as to reconnect with USC alumni across the country. A smaller group also visited Chile.
The delegation included deans from the USC School of Social Work, the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the USC Rossier School of Education and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
“USC hopes to expand on existing partnerships with excellent Brazilian and Chilean institutes such as the Fundação Getulio Vargas and the Universidad de Chile, as well as establish promising new relationships with our South American counterparts,” said Anthony Bailey, associate provost for global initiatives at USC. “This was a very productive trip, and we have the opportunity to establish meaningful student learning and research programs that will tackle uniquely Brazilian and Chilean issues along with our South American partners. Each USC school came away with solid opportunities for collaboration.”
In Brazil, the delegation learned about policies and plans of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the two largest Brazilian states and cities; gained an understanding of recent trends in education and Brazilian student mobility; and met with top universities, major corporations and government agencies like the Sao Paulo Research Foundation.
“The University of Southern California benefits from the rich diversity of its students, scholars and faculty who come from around the world to become members of the Trojan Family,” said Brazilian Norberto Grzywacz, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at USC Viterbi, who accompanied the delegation. “This opened many doors for USC to expand and initiate some great opportunities for USC students and Brazilian students, faculty and researchers.”
The delegation also met with representatives from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Fundação Getulio Vargas and Universidade de São Paulo, among others.
In Chile, a small group of deans met with the Universidad de Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in addition to government leaders and leading think tanks on policy.
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