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USC Viterbi Joins USC Delegation to Brazil

During the visit, Dean Yortsos and others met with top universities, corporations, policymakers and alumni.

February 03, 2012 —

In December, representatives from USC Viterbi joined a USC delegation on a visit to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil in an effort to build ties with top universities, corporations and policymakers, as well as reconnect with USC alumni across the country.

Dean Yortsos, Senior Associate Dean Goulis and Prof.
Grzywacz meet with USC alumni based in Brazil.

Dean Yannis C. Yortsos; Senior Associate Dean, Graduate and Professional Programs Kelly Goulis; and Biomedical Engineering Chair and Professor Norberto Grzywacz, a Brazilian native, joined colleagues from the USC Provost’s Office, the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the USC Rossier School of Education, the USC School of Social Work and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy on the trip.

“The University of Southern California benefits from the rich diversity of its students, scholars and faculty who come from around the world to become members of the Trojan Family," said Grzywacz. "This opened many doors for USC to expand and initiate some great opportunities for USC students and Brazilian students, faculty and researchers."

In Brazil, the delegation learned about policies and plans of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the two largest Brazilian states and cities and gained an understanding of recent trends in education and Brazilian student mobility.

The group also met with government agencies like the Sao Paulo Research Foundation; major corporations, including holding company EBX Group and multinational energy corporation Petrobras, the largest company in Latin America; and representatives from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Fundação Getulio Vargas and Universidade de São Paulo, among others.