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

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.

December 11-15, 2017: India Advisory Board meeting which was held in Bangalore on Friday, Dec. 15 attended by Dean Yannis Yortsos. Dinner event was organised in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore for alumni/parents where the invited attendees got to see all the advances of VSoE. Read more >>

December 6-8, 2017: Advisory board meeting was held in Beijing and Hong Kong. Dean Yannis Yortsos attended the meeting and met with industry leaders. Dinner event was organised for alumnis and parents at Grand Hyatt, Hongkong.

October 16-17, 2017: Workshop on AI for Social Good will take place at IISC (Indian School of Sciences Bangalore) campus. It is being organized by Microsoft Research. Four faculty members and two students from USC will be presenting. Read more >>

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