Trojans Connecting at Top Speed in Seoul
SEOUL, May 23, 2013—The Trojan Family is already connecting and networking at full speed as final preparations are made for the opening of the USC Global Conference in Seoul, South Korea.
Today President C. L. Max Nikias and Dean Yannis Yortsos of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering jointly signed an agreement formalizing a partnership—the Airbus Institute for Engineering Research (AIER)—between the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, aircraft manufacturer Airbus, Inha University and Korea Aerospace University (KAU).
The president of Inha University, Choonbae Park, signed the agreement along with KAU president, Junku Yuh, and Mr. Jean-Francois Laval, executive vice president, Asia for Airbus. Under the agreement, Airbus will provide funding to support the work of all three universities working together collaboration is to conduct joint research projects in aerospace engineering.
USC Trustee Y. H. Cho, co-chair of the USC Global Conference (where the signing took place), presided over the event.
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has a longstanding history of educational partnerships in South Korea; including collaborations with Namseoul University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea Aerospace University, Inha University, Seoul National University College of Engineering, Pusan University, and Sungkyunkwan University. These collaborations include research on advancing technologies in commercial aviation, robotics, materials science, and airport security via joint research and academic exchanges.
The conference site was also full of activity as Trojans were making alumni connections. USC Interim Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Patrick Auerbach convened the leadership of USC Alumni Clubs from Asia, Mexico and the Middle East during the 2013 Alumni Leadership Symposium. USC Korea Alumni Association President Myung Won Chung, USC Alumni Association President Mitchell Lew and President Elect Ramona Cappello welcomed the delegates before they began sessions on topics such as leveraging virtual communications, engaging different generations and volunteer leadership development. Delegates were joined at a luncheon by Al Checcio, senior vice president of University Advancement.
Academic leadership from the USC schools also held high-level meetings with counterparts at Korean universities. Dean Jack Knott of the USC Price School of Public Policy met with Kun Lee, president of the University of Seoul; Geun Hee Choi, dean of the College of Urban Sciences; and Sung Hack Lim, vice president of international affairs. Dean Choi is an alumnus of the USC Price School, as are several other faculty members of the University of Seoul. The two institutions of higher education discussed furthering educations exchanges between the two countries, including study abroad opportunities, and intensive immersion programs in Seoul.
Dean Carmen Puliafito of the Keck School of Medicine of USC visited Seoul National University at the invitation of Daehee Kang, dean of the Seoul National University College of Medicine and president of the Korean Association of Medical Colleges. Dean Puliafito met with colleagues from several Korean medical schools in a discussion comparing medical education in Korea and the U.S.; and also signed a memorandum of understanding with Seoul National University College of Medicine for a new student exchange program.