Sunday, 3 November 2013

Learning from USC

Visiting the University of Southern California was also interesting, because it provided a great sense of encouragement for me, in terms of what we can try to do at Somaiya Vidyavihar.  USC has two locations in urban Los Angeles (http://visit.usc.edu/).  The 229 acre University Park campus, and a few miles away, the 79 acre Health campus.  I kept thinking about the parallels of what we do in Mumbai, having 2 campuses in an urban area.

What members of the USC faculty said to me, was that USC has changed dramatically over the last two decades, based on strong leadership, a well articulated strategic plan, and with strong alumni engagement.  See here for their strategic plan of 1994:http://about.usc.edu/files/2011/07/1994_USC_Strategic_Plan_optimized2.pdf
and the one for 2011:
https://strategic.usc.edu/

USC has steadily built infrastructure, quality and climbed the US and global rankings.  I believe we have much to learn from their example.