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

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.

July 23, 2018: Professor Vincent Cheng, Associate Vice President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, met with Professor Raghu Raghavendra to discuss collaborations in education with the University of Southern California.

June 12, 2018: The Directors of USC International Offices met to discuss the activities of USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

March 9-22, 2018: Prof. Raghu Raghavendra, Vice Dean for Global Academic Initiatives Visited several universities in India to discuss academic and research collaborations. He also held several meetings to discuss Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) and followed up on the talks he had last time around in December.

March 1, 2018: Boonsieng Benjauthrit (USC alumnus), and Mr. Charoonkiat Phattharamontrisin, CEO of Nano Bio Thailand visited USC. They held talks to collaborate with USC to use nano-organisms to protect red wood trees from bark beetles. Initially there will be a lab test and later on it will be implemented on field.

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