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Significant PKUHSC News and Updates ⟩
February 9, 2023

Academics and Courses China Initiative Community and Partners International

A variety of exciting changes are on the horizon for the Peking University Health Science Center’s educational structure and administration.

Beginning in 2016, when USC Chan formed a partnership with Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) to develop an innovative dual-degree program, the goal has always been to advance occupational therapy (OT) education, practice, and research standards in China. As we approach the third year…

USC-PKUHSC Dual-Degree OTD Monthly Seminars: Fall 2022 Semester Recap ⟩
December 14, 2022

China Initiative Community and Partners International Students

China Initiative team hosts monthly seminars for the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree students in the OTD program to integrate their mixed-track residency experiences and apply their learning to their future role in China.

Some of the more challenging difficulties students studying abroad have to overcome are related to cultural and language barriers. The USC-PKUHSC dual-degree students are no exception, and these concerns were magnified during the clinical portion of their time at USC. Due to the significant contrast…

Global Initiatives gives Trojans a taste of international celebrations throughout September ⟩
September 29, 2022

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Global Initiatives International

USC Chan’s Global Initiatives office joined students, faculty and staff in celebrating several important holidays in September. As a truly international division with students from more than 15 countries, the Chan community enjoyed, shared and learned about deeply meaningful traditions from around the world.

By Danny Park September 14: Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok Global Initiatives served mooncakes to observe the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok, important holidays celebrated by many people in East Asia to observe a successful harvest. “The Mid-Autumn Festival is a day for friends and families to…

6th International Occupational Therapy Conference ⟩
April 16, 2022

Associations and Bodies China Initiative Community and Partners Conferences International

The China Initiative team attended the virtual 6th International Occupational Therapy Conference (IOTC) hosted in Chengdu, China.

Despite the travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the China Initiative team continues to find ways to remain engaged with the occupational therapy scene in Mainland China. In April this year, The China Initiative team attended the 6th International Occupational Therapy Conference…

Trojans gather to celebrate Lunar New Year ⟩
January 31, 2022

China Initiative Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Events Faculty International Students

Participants from 9 countries share, reflect and engage in occupations to mark the holiday.

By Danny Park Students celebrating the Lunar New Year (photo/courtesy of Cheng Kai (Jason) Lin) Nearly 50 students and faculty from the USC Chan Division and Peking University Health Science Center gathered together online to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday on Jan. 28. The Lunar New Year is an…

A USC Chantastic Friendsgiving Celebration ⟩
November 22, 2021

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Global Initiatives International Students

by Dr. Danny Park On Thursday, November 18, the USC Chan student community came together to celebrate Friendsgiving in one of the largest in-person community gatherings hosted by the Division since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 90 students from all Chan academic programs…

USC Chan Global Initiatives Shines Light on Diwali ⟩
November 4, 2021

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Global Initiatives International Students

by Dr. Danny Park Many of USC Chan's international students from India hosted a Diwali Celebration today during lunchtime, sharing traditional foods such as chakali (a spiral snack made of rice flour, chickpea, and black gram), burfi (a sweet milk-based dessert), laddos (ball-shaped sweets made with…

Fright On! USC Chan Global Initiatives Celebrates Halloween ⟩
October 29, 2021

Events Global Initiatives International Students

by Dr. Danny Park The USC Chan international student community celebrated Halloween by dressing up in costumes and attending a screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at a “Spooky Movie Night” hosted by the Division’s Global Initiatives office. Many of our Division’s international…

Official USC-PKUHSC Welcome Gathering During World Occupational Therapy Day ⟩
October 27, 2021

China Initiative Community and Partners Events International

The theme of this year’s World Occupational Therapy Day was “Belong. Be you.” USC faculty and students officially welcomed the PKUHSC students as they gathered for a celebration of World Occupational Therapy Day.

This year, World Occupational Therapy Day promotes the power of diversity and inclusion as we work together to build community and resilience. It is the perfect time for the China Initiative team to host an official welcome gathering for the first cohort of USC-PKUHSC dual-degree students, now in…

Finding Global Community and Connection in 2021 ⟩
February 23, 2021

Global Initiatives International Pandemic Students

As we say goodbye to a tumultuous year, all of us at Global Initiatives wish to send our warmest greetings of friendship to all of you, whether you are reading this blog locally in Los Angeles or around the world.

By Daniel Park, OTD, OTR/L Director of Global Initiatives and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy As we hope that 2021 brings healing to our lives, we know that now more than ever, coming together as a global community is all the more important. Here in the United States, the…

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