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USC furthers global ties in Southeast Asia

Trojans sign pact with Singapore educators

Tan Chorh Chuan, C. L. Max Nikias

As the USC delegation proceeded to meet with major educational institutions in Southeast Asia, USC President C. L. Max Nikias met with National University of Singapore President Tan Chorh Chuan to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two universities, furthering opportunities for research collaborations among faculty and students of both institutions.

Areas of particular synergy across both universities include the health sciences, technological and digital innovation, entrepreneurship, the arts and the humanities. The National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university and has been increasingly recognized as a top-ranked, global research university with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its 16 faculties and schools are based across three campus locations in Singapore — Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram — and provide a broad-based curriculum underscored by multidisciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment.

NUS academic colleges include arts and social sciences, business, computing, dentistry, design and environment, engineering, law, medicine, public health, science, public policy, music and medicine.

The USC delegates also met with colleagues from The National University Health System (NUHS), Singapore’s flagship medical enterprise that groups the National University Hospital, the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the NUS Faculty of Dentistry and the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health under a common governance structure to create synergies for the advancement of health by integrating clinical care, research and education.

NUHS focuses on translating research findings into impactful outcomes for the patient, actively encouraging clinicians, basic science researchers and clinical researchers to work closely together. Their framework allows teams to target diseases common in Singapore and Asia, improve prevention by early diagnosis and strategies to either retard or reverse the consequences. The NUHS’ research focus includes cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity, neurocognition and infectious diseases.

At the Universitas Indonesia (UI) in Jakarta, Nikias gave a talk on USC’s guiding principles for developing online education, opening a dialogue with all the academic deans and the university leader, UI Rector Muhammad Anis.

The USC Delegation meet with faculty and leadership of Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta.

The USC delegation meet with faculty and leadership of Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta.

Online education is of particular interest to the UI academic leadership, as one of their primary strategic goals is to create a “cyber-campus” system that will expand access to education for many Indonesian students across its geographic region. Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago with more than 17,000 islands, of which 6,000 are inhabited.

Closing the formal events of the Southeast Asia visit was a USC reception for alumni, parents and education colleagues in Jakarta. Several prominent Indonesian members of the Trojan Family attended and delivered remarks, including Husodo Angkosubroto ’77, former chairman of the USC Alumni Club of Indonesia; and Mari Pengestu, minister of Tourism and Creative Economy in Indonesia, who is a USC parent.

View photos of the USC delegation visit on Flickr.

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