Raghu Raghavendra
A Message from Raghu Raghavendra, Vice Dean for Global Academic Initiatives

What early explorers once believed about the surface of the planet is actually true, in a purely metaphorical sense: The world is flat! With advances in web technologies, anyone can collaborate and do business with any individual or corporation around the globe. This new ability of intellectual exchange and trade via commercial flatness is “globalization level three,” according to Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century (2005).

At Viterbi we have partnerships and collaborations with several institutes and universities of repute across the globe.

For additional information about the international academic and research programs at the Viterbi School of Engineering, please contact Prof. Raghu Raghavendra, Vice Dean for Global Academic Initiatives, at

Latest News

June 10 - 14, 2023: Dean Yortsos and Vice dean Raghavendra visited Armenia to meet with universities and institutions cultivating tech talent. View more details about the visit.

December 2 - 5, 2022: Dean Yortsos and Vice Deans will travel to India for the India Advisory Board meeting on Dec. 5 and Axilor lecture series. While in India they will also meet with alumni and parents and visit some partner institutions.

November 8, 2022: USC Viterbi hosted a group of 20+ women in STEM with the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program called “Hidden No More: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM” to meet with the Vice Dean and visit labs.

June 27 - August 5, 2022: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, and USC Viterbi have partnered to host 11 KAUST students, and work with the USC Viterbi faculty during summer.

June 27 - August 5, 2022: USC Viterbi has partnered with American University in a Department of State-funded initiative, Sister2Sister Exchange Program (2020-2023). The program aims to bring Pakistani female college students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend summer programs in the United States. Two students have been selected to come to USC Viterbi from June 27 to August 5 and work with the faculty.

April 19, 2022: Dr. Ali Massoud, Head of The Educational Mission Office visited USC Viterbi for discussions on research and education collaboration with Egyptian Universities.

January 22, 2022: Prof. S. K. Gupta from USC Viterbi delivered a seminar titled "Human-Robot-AI Teams for Improving Quality of Life: A Journey from Research to Innovations", to over 1600 freshmen students at IIT Delhi, inspiring them to consider research as a future career option.

December 6, 2021: USC Viterbi hosted Dr. B. L. Ramakrishna, Chief Academic Advisor to Plaksha University, India, on December 6-7. Being a new private University, they discussed possible education program collaborations.

December 1, 2021: India Advisory Board meeting was held online via Zoom.

December 1, 2021: China and East Asia Advisory Board meeting was held online via Zoom.

November 10, 2021: A delegation from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan, led by Pro Rector (Academics) Dr. Osman Hasan was hosted by USC Viterbi, for discussions on collaborative efforts for Research and Education.

October 19, 2021: Participants in the Communication Data Science Dual Degree Program with Tsinghua University arrived in August 2021 to begin a year of coursework at USC.

September 16, 2020: USC-IISc 2nd Faculty Research Online Symposium on COVID-19. 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM at USC/ 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM at IISc. Agenda and Zoom meeting link.

June 15-16, 2020: USC-THU Faculty Research Symposium on Data Analytics and Informatics. June 15-16, 2020 5:30 - 8:00 PM PDT at USC/ June 16-17, 2020 8:30 - 11:00 AM CDT at THU. Agenda and Zoom registration link.

June 11, 2020: USC-IISc Faculty Research Online Symposium on COVID-19. 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM at USC/ 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM at IISc. Agenda and Zoom meeting link.

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Published on February 1st, 2017

Last updated on September 10th, 2023