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USC Viterbi School of Engineering Will Offer M.S. Degree Programs and Continuing Education to Communication Giant’s Employees Worldwide via Web

April 07, 2005 — The University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering’s Distance Education Network (DEN) today announced an agreement with QUALCOMM Incorporated to open DEN’s wide range of graduate engineering and continuing education programs to non-U.S. based employees of the cell phone and communication giant.

“This is a major step not just for QUALCOMM and USC, but for internet-based distance learning,” said Viterbi School Dean C.L. Max Nikias.  “QUALCOMM students all over the world will receive the same quality education experience as their colleagues in San Diego — or students on the USC campus, for that matter.”

“Since 1997, QUALCOMM engineers in the U.S. have been able to earn advanced degrees in engineering, and obtain continuing engineering education from USC online,” said Tamar Elkeles, vice president of Learning for QUALCOMM.  “We are thrilled to bring this opportunity to QUALCOMM engineers worldwide.  Being the first technology company to offer USC’s DEN program internationally is very exciting.”

QUALCOMM, which pioneered Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology and is a world leader in the field, employs more than 8,000 people in 41 offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. (see locations on map below). The first USC students will likely be employees in India and South Korea.

Nikias said the arrangement furthers the vision of USC’s latest strategic plan, adopted for the university’s impending 125th anniversary, which includes an explicit call to “create a significant global presence that will increase international visibility, reach, and impact of our research, scholarship, art, education, and service.”

DEN offers 26 Master of Science degrees entirely online, including many in the Viterbi School’s strong digital communications and computer science programs.  “We believe our educational interface is one of the best in lifelong engineering e-learning,” said DEN’s Executive Director Kelly Goulis.  ”All students need is a reliable, high-speed Internet connection and a scanner or fax to submit their homework assignments,” Goulis said.


QUALCOMM Incorporated (http://www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company‚s CDMA digital technology.  Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2004 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM. Contact: Patty Goodwin.

About DEN
Established in 1972, USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Distance Education Network (DEN) remains a pioneer in the field, utilizing the advanced e-learning technology to provide a seamless experience for its students.  The Viterbi School is ranked the #3 graduate engineering school among private schools, seventh overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report 2005. DEN currently offers 26 Master of Science degrees and 3 graduate certificates in a variety of engineering disciplines, including Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, and Product Development Engineering. Please visit http://den.usc.edu or contact info@den.usc.edu for more information.

World Reach: QUALCOMM offices (blue) and San Diego headquarters (red).