[photopress:steven_sample.jpg,full,alignright]University of California President Steven B. Sample, seen here, has announced in Beijing USC will establish an institute to produce social science research on the contemporary U.S.-China relationship.
He said, ‘By boosting our academic and research collaborations involving China, USC will better prepare our students – both domestic and international – for life and work in a global society.’
USC Provost C. L. Max Nikias said the goal of the new institute is to become a definitive new resource on the U.S.-China relationship. He said, ‘This unique interdisciplinary research institute will produce rigorous, policy-relevant research focused on the contemporary U.S.-China relationship broadly defined.’
Academics talk like that. It makes it quite difficult to understand. Let us try again.
Max Nikias said, ‘The primary objective of the USC U.S./China Relations Research Institute is to become the place scholars, policy makers, students, government officials and journalists worldwide turn to for cutting-edge social science research on significant questions and long-term trends related to U.S.-China relations.
‘The new institution is envisioned to be a catalyst to attract top faculty working to determine the implications for this relationship of various developments in both countries.’
The U.S./China Relations Research Institute will host various categories of fellows each year: resident fellows drawn from USC; visiting and affiliated fellows from across the U.S., China and the world who will join the institute for defined periods of time; media fellows who will be drawn from reporters covering China and East Asia; and graduate fellows, consisting of PhD. and postdoctoral students working in this area and throughout the world.
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USC, which enrolls more international students than any major university in the United States, has a relationship with Chinese students that goes back more than 100 years. The university currently enrolls more than 1,500 Chinese students, more than any other American university, and counts more than 3,000 Chinese graduates among its alumni.
In 1978, USC was the first American university to visit China following the re-establishment of relations between the United States and China.
Source: University of California