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

Upcoming events: The Dean is holding a board meeting with China & East Asia Advisory Board on Nov 23 in Beijing, and with India Advisory Board on Dec 13 in Bangalore.

October 2019: Dean Yannis C. Yortsos served for the fourth consecutive time on the steering committee for Global Grand Challenges Summit, held in London this year.
A delegation from Uganda Parliament in ICT visited USC Viterbi on Oct. 22-23 to explore research and education collaborations.

May 2019: Summer research students from India, China and Korea were hosted on campus in an 8 week research program.

December 2018: Dean Yannis Yortsos and other delegates from USC visited India. The purpose of this visit was to meet with Alumni, Deans of Indian Universities and India Advisory Board meeting.

October 2018: USC Viterbi signed an MoU for CAIS USC in presence of Hon Chief Minister of state Maharashtra Mr Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai today at Sahyadri for using AI for GOOD in Maharashtra, India.

September 20, 2018: VSoE hosted a delegation from Uganda Parliament during Sept. 18-20. This group is committee on technology and infrastructure in Uganda government. They met with deans and faculty to explore collaboration opportunities.

July 25, 2018: Professor Puente Urruzmendi from Tecnun-University of Navarra (Spain), met with Professor Raghu Raghavendra to to explore opportunities of cooperation with Viterbi School of Engineering.

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