USC Global Conference 2015 opens in Shanghai

October 29, 2015 USC President C. L. Max Nikias speaks as the 2015 USC Global Conference gets underway in Shanghai. (USC Photo)

SHANGHAI – The 2015 USC Global Conference opened at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai today with a record attendance of more than 700 at the welcome dinner to start the event. Guests were treated to special performances by local artists and USC students.

The conference runs through Saturday and features presentations and discussions among USC researchers, Chinese business leaders and other global executives and academic leaders.

“Our entire delegation is extremely grateful that so many have come from all corners of this country, and from


President Nikias speaks to NBC Los Angeles’ Conan Nolan

July 7, 2015 NBC Los Angeles' Conan Nolan speaks to USC President C. L. Max Nikias (Photo/NBC los Angeles)

On July 5, NBC Los Angeles aired veteran reporter Conan Nolan’s interview with USC President C. L. Max Nikias. The two covered a broad range of topics including biotechnology, USC Village, President Nikias’ vision for USC and the overall state of higher education.


President and first lady wrap up Europe trip with warm reception in Athens

May 29, 2015 President Nikias and Niki Nikias with US Ambassador to Germany John Emerson, and his wife, Kimberly


USC President C. L. Max Nikias, joined by first lady Niki C. Nikias, received a warm welcome upon returning to his undergraduate alma mater earlier this week for a special ceremony held in front of more than 100 faculty, senior administrators, family, and friends. President Nikias graduated from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1977 and on Tuesday, was presented with an honorary doctorate in electrical and computer engineering by NTUA’s vice rector, Dimitrios Papantonis, and dean of


“The Destined Reign of Troy”

November 4, 2014 C. L. Max Nikias, president of USC

During Dr. Nikias’ tenure as president, USC is emerging as a global research university with an undisputed academically-elite status, due to a number of strategic initiatives that include: recruiting a cadre of transformative, world-class faculty and accelerating the expansion of the university’s academic medical enterprise; broadening USC’s international presence; dramatically improving the breadth and quality of its outstanding student body; improving the university’s infrastructure, including the development of the USC Village; and aggressively advancing the largest fundraising campaign in the history of higher education.


Welcome back to campus, fellow Trojans

October 19, 2014 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias celebrate homecoming weekend on campus before the USC-Colorado football game. Photo by Karen Ballard.

More than 80,000 USC alumni, students, and Trojan Family members gathered during a weekend of festivities and spirit for Homecoming 2014. USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias welcomed alumni organizations representing many facets of the more than 350,000 living alumni across the globe. Pictured here, Dr. and Mrs. Nikias celebrate the day with the USC Latino Alumni Association.


Message to Ambassadors

August 25, 2014

August 29, 2014

Niki and I are eager to begin a new academic year at the university—our fifth as president and first lady of USC—and hope you had a wonderful summer.  We are certainly pleased to be back, and to feel the energy of our new and returning students and faculty.  We draw such pride from our Trojan Family, and from our collective strength, creativity, and kindness.

I am always humbled by the generous support of USC—at all levels, and this summer


USC Trustee Ming Hsieh Honored by Asia Society

May 20, 2014 Eva Hsieh, Niki C. Nikias, C. L. Max Nikias, Eric Garcetti, Thomas E. McLain, Ming Hsieh

At a gala dinner on May 19, 2014 hosted by the Asia Society of Southern California, USC Trustee Ming Hsieh was honored as the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year, presented with the award by USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

Ming Hsieh earned a B.S. (1983) and M.S. (1984) in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Soon after earning his degrees, he founded two highly successful companies, AMAX Information Technologies (1985) and Cogent, Inc. (1990), of which he is