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Course Application

USC Viterbi iPodia program is now accepting applications for the global innovation course in the 2018 fall semester. We welcome your application, and we are looking forward to building the network for global innovation with you!

The class is offered as ENGR-345 “Principles and Practices of Global Innovations” and is available to USC undergraduate students from all majors as a 3 unit elective. The course emphasizes the importance of cross-cultural interactions in developing innovative products and business ideas in our rapidly globalizing world. It will be taught be Dr.Stephen Lu, Professor of Industrial Systems Engineering and Computer Science, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at USC.

In the course, you will be:

  • Attending lectures that use videoconferencing technology to facilitate live interactions with classmates around the world.
  • Participating the globally virtual teams to exchange perspectives and working collaboratively for innovative projects.
  • Joining a week-long overseas study trip to one of the partner university after the finals week in December (further application and selection will be required; there would be additional costs, and scholarships for the trip might be available).

In this course, you will be engaged in intensive interaction with peers from (might be slightly adjusted):

  • Session A: (Thursdays, 8:00-10:00am)
    Israel Institute of Technology, Israel;
    RWTH Aachen University, Germany;
    University of Patras, Greece;
    Qatar University, Qatar;
    National Autonomous University of Mexico


  • Session B (Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm)
    Peking University, China;
    Tsinghua University, China;
    National Taiwan University, Taiwan;
    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

D-clearance is required to register the course. The course syllabus is attached for your information.

If you are interested, please email your resume/CV to as soon as possible. Also, feel free to contact us to obtain course syllabus or if you have any question.