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C. L. Max Nikias

USC’s 11th president, C. L. Max Nikias is an accomplished scholar and innovator whose 21 years at USC have been characterized by vision and a talent for seeing and seizing opportunities. From his creation of a multimedia research center and his energetic tenure as dean of engineering, to the pacesetting initiatives he set in motion as USC’s provost, he has helped propel USC toward its goal of becoming one of the most productive and influential research universities in the world.
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Mrs. Niki C. Nikias, center, accompanied by USC Alumni Association President Ramona Capello, center left.
USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr.; Gayle Garner Roski; Julie Mork; USC Trustee John Mork (chairman); Niki C. Nikias; USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
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President Nikias addresses Mexico’s Council of Foreign Relations

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias addressed Mexico's Council of Foreign Relations (COMEXI) on Thursday, March 5, 2015; here, Nikias is seen with COMEXI President Jaime Zabludovsky. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias addressed Mexico’s Council of Foreign Relations (COMEXI) on Thursday, March 5, 2015; here, Nikias is seen with COMEXI President Jaime Zabludovsky. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

Hghlighting the potential of educational diplomacy, USC President C. L. Max Nikias spoke this morning to members of Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI), Mexico’s Council of Foreign Relations. COMEXI’s members include foreign and Mexican diplomats, industry leaders, elected officials and various government and non-governmental organizations.

In his remarks, Nikias stressed the important and evolving role research universities will play in supporting and promoting global partnerships and development and described the initiatives USC is undertaking to be at the center of this international push.

“Today, we’re seeing a seismic shift in the way private research universities like USC contribute to global innovation,” Nikias said. “Increasingly, it is up to individual universities to establish their own networks and create their own collaborations to benefit their institutions as well as society as a whole.”

 

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USC honors Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña

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Undersecretary Alcocer  accepts Judge Widney Award on behalf of Foreign Secretary Meade

Undersecretary Alcocer accepts Judge Widney Award on behalf of Foreign Secretary Meade

At a special reception and dinner Tuesday at Mexico City’s historic Palacio de Autonomía, USC President C. L. Max Nikias honored Mexican Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade Kuribreña with the inaugural Judge Widney Award.

Nikias presented the award in recognition of Meade’s leadership and the important gains Mexico’s foreign ministry has made in establishing educational diplomacy and building research and innovation partnerships between Mexico and the United States.

Special ceremony

Sergio Alcocer Martínez de Castro, undersecretary for North America, accepted the award on behalf of Meade, who is on a trade mission to the United Kingdom. Also attending the special ceremony were U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne and Meade’s father, Dionisio Meade. The elder Meade is president of Fundación UNAM, a nonprofit that conducts philanthropic and other activities relating to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the oldest university in North America.

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USC delegation strengthens Mexico ties

CONACYT's Maria Dolores Sanchez Soler and USC President C. L. Max Nikias sign an agreement to create up to 30 postdoctoral fellowships for Mexican scholars to study at USC. (USC Photo)

CONACYT’s Maria Dolores Sanchez Soler and USC President C. L. Max Nikias sign an agreement to create up to 30 postdoctoral fellowships for Mexican scholars to study at USC. (USC Photo)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias is in Mexico City with a delegation of trustees, senior administrators and deans to strengthen partnerships with leading Mexican institutions and foster ties with alumni, parents and prospective students.

The delegation was invited by Mexico’s foreign secretary, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña.

“Over the last four years, USC has nearly quadrupled its Mexican student base, as a result of an enhanced focus on research partnerships, scholarship agreements and student mobility collaborations,” Nikias said.

“Mexico’s position as an integral partner not only for California but for the United States will only grow, and I am confident that USC’s engagement with Mexican institutions will further these emerging opportunities.”

New scholarships

The first major accomplishment of the visit came this morning, as USC and Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) — the Mexican equivalent of the National Science Foundation — agreed to establish up to 30 postdoctoral fellowships for Mexican scholars to study at USC for up to two years.

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Presidential priorities

  • Transforming USC into a major hub of the emerging Age of the Pacific—by creating trans-Pacific alliances, by fully utilizing Los Angeles as a laboratory for trans-Pacific research, education and culture, and by building the foremost network of Pacific leaders.

  • Ensuring that the USC academic community serves as a key engine of intellectual, economic and cultural progress for the nation, and allowing its vast array of disciplines to be combined creatively in order to catalyze new knowledge and innovation.

  • Ensuring that USC promotes imagination and invention by creating a living and learning environment in which the university’s undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty are fluent in a wide variety of intellectual areas, ranging from classical literary works to the latest digital technologies.

  • Serving the neighborhoods around our two campuses through job creation and quality k-12 education. Further strengthening the legendary traditions of the Trojan Family.

  • Leading USC during the most ambitious fundraising campaign ever announced by an American university. This historic endeavor will raise $6 billion to support USC's faculty and students, as well as its academic priorities, capital projects, and essential infrastructure.