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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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Mexico City presidential delegation kicks off

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Grupo Financiero Inbursa chairman Marco Antonio Slim (son of Carlos Slim) met with President C. L. Max Nikias in Mexico City to discuss opportunities in online education

Grupo Financiero Inbursa Chairman Marco Antonio Slim (son of Carlos Slim) and President C. L. Max Nikias discuss opportunities in online education

USC’s Mexico City presidential delegation is officially underway, with a full schedule of events and meetings that began today. The visit brings together Trustees, Deans and senior administrators who will work towards deepening USC’s ties with Mexican universities, companies and other institutions. President Nikias has identified Mexico as a key priority for USC and over the last four years, the university has increased efforts to build partnerships for research, student mobility and scholarships. These efforts have yielded impressive results with the number of Mexican students enrolled at USC quadrupling since 2010.

In the coming days, the USC delegation will meet with business and government leaders and make official visits to the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to strengthen longstanding partnerships. President Nikias will also bestow Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña with the university’s inaugural Judge Widney Award during a reception in his honor.

USC summit marks rebirth of biotech era in Los Angeles

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(left to right) USC Trustee Frank Cruz, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and USC President C. L. Max Nikias during the Los Angeles Biotech Summit at the University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus, Thursday, February 25, 2015. USC Photos/Gus Ruelas

(left to right) USC Trustee Frank Cruz, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and USC President C. L. Max Nikias during the Los Angeles Biotech Summit at the University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus, Thursday, February 25, 2015. USC Photos/Gus Ruelas

Los Angeles city and county policymakers and educational institutions are laying the groundwork for the region’s biotechnology strategy at a summit today on the USC Health Sciences Campus.

The Los Angeles Biotech Summit draws leaders from business, academia and government to discuss ways to build the industry and, in turn, create more jobs.

Participants include Los Angeles County supervisors Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas; Nelson Rising of Rising Realty Partners; Bill Allen of the Los Angeles Economic Development Council; Steve Kay, biochemist and dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; David Meyer of the Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; Marvin Martinez, president of East Los Angeles College; and Elmy Bermejo, regional representative for U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

“Today, we gather at a most auspicious moment in the history of medicine and the biological sciences. Each day brings advances that not only improve how long we live, but how well we live. Now, we have an opportunity to usher in progress and economic development, here in the heart of our city,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

“What Silicon Valley brought to computer technology, Los Angeles can bring to biotechnology: a thriving environment of innovations encompassing academic institutions, training centers, companies, and communities throughout the county.”

Read the complete article at USC News, and The Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by President Nikias.

Nikias comes to defense of the research university

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USC President C.L. Max Nikias delivers his address to the staff Feb. 19 at Bovard Auditorium. He also spoke to faculty Feb. 10 at the Health Sciences Campus and Feb. 11 at Town & Gown on the University Park Campus. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC President C.L. Max Nikias delivers his address to the staff Feb. 19 at Bovard Auditorium. He also spoke to faculty Feb. 10 at the Health Sciences Campus and Feb. 11 at Town & Gown on the University Park Campus. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

In his 2015 addresses to faculty and staff, USC President C. L. Max Nikias delivered a full-throated defense of the research university.

Speaking Feb. 11 to faculty at Town & Gown, he responded to a recent wave of criticism in the media over ballooning tuition, crushing student debt and uncertainty about the market value of a college education.

Nikias acknowledged that these are legitimate concerns.

“We owe it to ourselves and to our nation to examine ourselves honestly,” he said, setting himself the goal of being “as complete and objective as possible.”

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Nikias and Solis discuss biotech

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County Supervisor Hilda Solis and USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

County Supervisor Hilda Solis and USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

USC President C. L. Max Nikias met with Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis ’81 to discuss how to bring more economic development to the First District, which encompasses the university’s Health Sciences Campus.

Jobs are an area of expertise for Solis, who until 2013 was President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor. Solis is also part of the Trojan Family, having earned a master of public administration degree at USC.

In advance of a Biotech Summit to be hosted by USC on Feb. 26, the president and the supervisor shared their visions for a biotech corridor that would stretch from HSC on the west to California State University, Los Angeles, on the east and beyond.

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Connecting with global leaders in Davos

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(left to right) USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Emilio Lozoya Austin, CEO of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias with Emilio Lozoya Austin, CEO of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) in Davos, Switzerland

USC President C.L. Max Nikias just returned from Davos, Switzerland, where he attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting last week. The event convenes 2,500 industry and national leaders from across the world to discuss international challenges and shape global agendas.

While at the Annual Meeting, President Nikias participated as a special guest in the annual governors meeting of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). The GULF group consists of the top administrators of the world’s leading research universities who convene regularly to cultivate partnerships, exchange ideas and tackle crucial issues. Outside of his engagement with the GULF group, President Nikias’ schedule consisted of interactive sessions and meetings with national and industry leaders.

He also contributed written commentary on online education’s greatest promise, which was published on Agenda, an online publication of the World Economic Forum. The full article is available here.

Commerating civil rights and law enforcement

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(left to right) USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey during the 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Los Angeles Police Department breakfast,   Saturday, January 10, 2015. USC Photos/Gus Ruelas

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey. (USC Photo / Gus Ruelas)

USC hosted an event on campus on January 10, 2014 in cooperation with the Los Angeles Police Department, marking the ongoing legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law enforcement community came together for the 6th annual Los Angeles Police Department Martin Luther King Breakfast, attended by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, new Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomed police officers and city officials prior to a keynote address by United States District Judge Andre Birotte, Jr.

USC Experience Initiative receives boost from groundbreaking author Joseph Pine

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USC President Nikias, author Joseph Pine, and USC Trustee Rick Caruso during lunch at the USC Experience Retreat held at USC in Los Angeles, CA. Nov 20, 2014. USC Photo / David Sprague.

USC President Nikias, author Joseph Pine, and USC Trustee Rick Caruso during lunch at the USC Experience Retreat held at USC in Los Angeles, CA. Nov 20, 2014. USC Photo / David Sprague.

“Why do people go to university?” author B. Joseph Pine II asked a roomful of USC leaders.

It’s not for the ideas or the books or the classroom instruction, he said. It’s not even for the out-of-classroom encounters, though that’s getting a bit closer.

“It’s because they’re looking to be transformed.”

The renowned author and business consultant was the featured speaker at this year’s President’s Leadership Retreat, held Nov. 20. Some 400 USC managers gathered in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center ballroom that morning to listen and then brainstorm on the university’s place in what Pine has dubbed “the experience economy.”

The event doubled as the formal launch of The USC Experience initiative, a new push to integrate Pine’s business ideas into the fabric of Trojan life.

Read the full article on USC News.

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.