Raghu RaghavendraA 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).

Narayana Murthy, Chairman of Infosys Technologies, Ltd., defines globalization as “sourcing where it is best, using talent where it is best, and marketing products where there are no boundaries.” The added benefit of globalization is in bringing products to market faster with the help of people working in many locations and time zones.

There has been much reporting and debate about the future of education and the engineering profession. The National Academy of Engineering’s “Engineering of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century” is a two-part strategic initiative that studies the future of engineering education and the profession itself in the first phase, and will “build on the phase-one visions of engineering to develop strategies and concrete plans for engineering education” in phase two.

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

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October 10, 2016: Prof. Ravi Kumar, Associate Provost (Special Projects) in President’s Office of Nanyang Technical University (NTU) visited USC. He met with various administrators, dean of VSoE and some faculty members. His visit was to explore research and education collaboration between NTU and USC in games area.

May 10-11, 2016: The 10th USC-THU Faculty Research Symposium was held at the USC campus on May 10-11 with the theme of Energy Informatics and Big Data. The symposium had talks, discussion sessions, and student poster session were held at RTH 526. Read more>>

October 29-31, 2015 The 2015 USC Global Conference took place in the city of Shanghai, China, at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai located in the world famous Jin Mao Tower on October 29 – 31, 2015. Read more>>

September 30, 2015 In his 2015 State of the School address, USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos spoke of Engineering+ and of changing the conversation about engineering. Read more>>

Sept 14, 2015 USC Viterbi startup awarded silver medal in Beijing. USC Viterbi’s Stasis Labs won the silver medal in the student business plan competition at the Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) in Beijing on September 14, 2015. Read more>>

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