A few years ago, Indiana University was a hotbed of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
But now, thanks to a new wave of high-profile hires, the University of Southern California (USC) is set to become a magnet for new talent.
USC President Mark Schlissel has been working to transform the institution and recruit a talented workforce in the hopes of becoming the world’s second-largest university by 2020.
“The goal is to attract the best people to our university, and the best talent to our state,” he said.
“We are seeing that this year with the new hires we have in the university, it’s been really important for us to make sure that we are providing the most bang for our buck.”
What the students are looking for at USC?
“It’s really about what you’re looking for in a university.
The students are very much looking for that sort of intellectual diversity,” said USC dean of the College of Arts and Sciences John Schaffer.
“It can be about the ability to collaborate and collaborate on a problem, it can be the ability of people to speak in a way that is a little bit more expressive, and that’s what they’re looking at.”
The most talented students at USC are expected to start a career at USC after graduation.
And as part of the USC campus transformation, the university has set up a recruitment website that allows students to apply for jobs at the university.
“There are so many different roles that are available, and they have to be able to meet the hiring needs that they have,” Schaffer said.
The USC hiring site includes a “Find a Job” section that provides information about potential job openings.
Schaffer added that the university is also trying to recruit some of the top engineers from outside the US.
“They are coming from all over the world, and so we’re really trying to build an international network,” he explained.
“I think that’s going to be really important to us as we continue to look to attract those kinds of talented people to the US.”
What’s behind USC’s hiring strategy?
The university’s hiring website lists many positions at USC including the Engineering and Science Technology Management and Engineering Technology Research, and Information Technology positions.
USC currently has about 12,500 students enrolled, and Schaffer believes the university will soon grow to about 25,000.
USC is planning to add another 10,000 students in the coming years.
“When we look at this year, we’re going to see that there will be another 10 to 15 thousand students that are coming,” he added.
“As soon as we have those more students that we have available, that’s really the number that’s important to our success in the future.”
USC has also expanded the number of IT departments it offers, which it expects will increase the number and quality of graduates that will go to other universities.
“USC has a really big focus on the engineering industry, and we’ve always looked to the other colleges and universities to give them the best students,” Schafer said.
And he said that the hiring of talent from other countries is part of USC’s strategy to attract talent from around the world.
“If you’re coming from the US, you’re really going to get the best technology people in the world,” he stressed.
“You’re going, if you’re going in the right direction, to have the best software people in America.”
But USC’s focus on engineering is not the only area where the university plans to grow.
The school also plans to create a new department of Information Technology to focus on new technologies that will be relevant to the 21st century.
The department will focus on “all aspects of the information technology industry”, including the use of digital technologies to build better products, services and communities, Schaffer explained.