The USC Delegation of leadership, trustees, and deans meet with leadership and faculty of Universitas Indonesia.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias is leading a delegation of deans and trustees this week to Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia, where the group will seek to strengthen ties with top universities there as well as reconnect with USC’s strong base of alumni, parents and high schools in the region.
“The University of Southern California community is eager to extend our partnerships and expand upon our mutually beneficial collaborations,” Nikias said. “Southeast Asia plays a vital role for us, given its location in the Pacific Rim, its focus on innovation and our ambition to attract the world’s most talented and creative students.”
Among the destinations for the visit are the National University Health System of Singapore, the National University of Singapore, and Universitas Indonesia.
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An “academic earthquake” in the form of online education will throw higher education into a new era of change, but USC welcomes the challenge, said USC President C. L. Max Nikias in his annual addresses to faculty and staff on Feb. 10 and 13.
Acknowledging that “our children are inheriting a world that functions like nothing humanity has ever witnessed before,” Nikias emphasized that USC must build on its strengths as American universities grapple with an increasingly altered landscape.
“Some say [online education] is the end of the lecture hall as we know it. Some predict that only a few super-universities will survive,” he said. While some institutions are bracing for the worst or struggling to keep up, he noted that USC is not “copying or chasing anyone else.” Trends come and go, he added, but USC has found its own quality online learning model.
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USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias met with MFA acting students during a spring performance of the Greek tragedy, The Trojan Women. The modern retelling, directed by USC School of Dramatic Arts faculty member David Bridel, combines movement, music and original text to create a contemporary work that showcases the graduating MFA acting class of 2014. The selection of the work is of direct scholarly interest to President Nikias, who holds an appointment in classics at the university, in addition to his appointment in engineering.