University of Southern California

USC Leadership Delegation to India

In February 2011, USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a delegation of university faculty, administrators and trustees to India, where they met with key Indian partners in higher education, business and government, and with USC alumni, to build sustainable alliances in the areas of medicine and health care, neurosciences, the arts, communication and journalism, business, and technology and engineering.

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The Taj Mahal

Topic: Bangalore

An End … And a Beginning

Topics: Bangalore, Travel

The USC delegation’s marathon tour through India concluded with a special panel, the USC Forum on Globalization and Innovation, arranged by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, examining issues surrounding globalization and innovation in the 21st century from the India perspective. President Nikias (see photo below) welcomed attendees to the gathering, offering perspective on conditions that promote the most beneficial forms of innovation. (See the photo section of this blog for more pictures from the event.)

A Spotlight on Excellence

Topics: Bangalore, Cinematic Arts, International Offices

In this photo, President Nikias asks acclaimed Indian playwright Girish Karnad, who will receive an honorary USC doctorate in Los Angeles in May, to share a few words at the opening of the new Bangalore office on Feb. 25.

Dedicated to the Future

Topics: Bangalore, Engineering, International Offices

Sudha Kumar, director of USC’s Bangalore office and member of the USC Viterbi staff, performs the traditional lamp-lighting ceremony on Friday, Feb. 25, as part of a traditional Indian dedication ceremony for the new office.

A Trojan Family Portrait … From Bangalore

Topics: Alumni, Bangalore, International Offices

Bangalore is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of South Asia. Numerous technology companies and innovators are based there. (The head of one such company – Infosys, a USC partner – inspired the title of Thomas Friedman’s famous book The World Is Flat.)

Below is a Trojan Family portrait from Bangalore, on the occasion of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s dedication of the university’s Bangalore office Friday night. The group consisted of USC’s leadership delegation, alumni and parents, and friends of USC.

Tribute to Troy … And Tata

Topics: Academic Cooperation, Bangalore, Engineering, International Offices, New Delhi, Political Leaders, Travel

Thursday night in New Delhi represented trustee Ratan Tata’s final night with the USC delegation.  The delegation expressed its gratitude with a resolution honoring his achievements, along with a Baccarat crystal figurine representing the Trojan mascot, Traveler, and a photo book depicting USC’s architectural highlights. (See photo section and below.)

Engineering a Global Future

Topics: Academic Cooperation, Alumni, Bangalore, Engineering, International Offices, MOU, Mumbai, New Delhi, Research Collaboration

USC Viterbi dean Yannis Yortsos says that the India trip has helped him connect far more closely with Viterbi alumni and parents.  The school has hosted well-attended events in both Mumbai and Delhi, with another one scheduled tomorrow for Bangalore.  USC Viterbi has been the key player behind the new USC office in Bangalore, which will be formally dedicated on Friday.

In India, USC Marshall Means Business

Topics: Academic Cooperation, Alumni, Bangalore, Business, Mumbai

“Vice Dean Shantanu Dutta and I have had wonderful meetings in Mumbai with Marshall alums, who are very excited about the potential of our building our presence in India,” reports Jim Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business. “We also have met with representatives of schools to discuss partnerships between our institutions. As we move to Delhi and Bangalore, we continue to meet with alums, parents, other business schools and companies to talk about what we can be doing for our students and to bring India closer to Southern California.”

USC in the News: India and Beyond

Topics: Bangalore, International Offices, Media Coverage, Mumbai

The Wall Street Journal featured a photo of President Nikias and trustee Ratan Tata in its coverage of USC’s partner-building efforts in India.

Meanwhile, President Nikias’ announcement that USC would award an honorary doctorate to famed Indian playwright Girish Karnad drew considerable media attention around the country. Karnad accompanied the USC delegation at their Mumbai press conference.


  1. Depart from USA Feb 18
  2. AMumbai Feb 20-22
  3. BNew Delhi Feb 23-24
  4. CAgra Feb 23-24
  5. DBangalore Feb 25-26
  6. Depart from India Feb 27