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: New Delhi

Memoranda of Global Understanding

Topics: Academic Cooperation, Engineering, MOU, Mumbai, New Delhi

Leaders of the USC India delegation kept pens handy for signing ceremonies that formalized academic partnerships between the university and top Indian academic institutions. On the second day of the trip, President Nikias signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

When the delegation moved to New Delhi a few days later, USC Viterbi School of Engineering dean Yannis C. Yortsos signed an MOU connecting USC Viterbi and IIT Delhi. He signed another MOU with IIT Hyderabad on the final day of the visit.

Almost seven years earlier, then-dean Nikias signed an MOU with IIT Kharagpur, the oldest IIT campus. Read more about the 2004 MOU here.

Global Leaders

Topics: New Delhi, Political Leaders

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, shown below with President Max Nikias and trustee Ratan Tata during their meeting on Feb. 23, is one of the most transforming figures in modern India’s short history. As the country’s finance minister in the early 1990s, he led the economic reforms that opened up the Indian economy to international trade and set the country on a rapid path toward status as a major global player.  The liberalizing of the Indian economic structure, in 1991, coincided with Tata’s appointment as head of the Tata Group. In the new and open environment that Singh helped create, Tata led his group to unprecedented growth in sectors as diverse as steel, telecommunications, automobiles and food.

President Nikias reported that it was a special privilege to be able to hear first-hand from Prime Minister Singh about his hopes for increased Indo-American connections.

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.)

A Worldwide Family

Topics: Alumni, Mumbai, New Delhi

Reporting from New Delhi, USC Alumni Association CEO Scott Mory said: “The Trojan Family is vibrant and strong here in India! We have met so many enthusiastic and dedicated alumni, parents and friends on this trip.”

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.

Nikias Meets Indian PM

Topics: Media Coverage, New Delhi, Political Leaders

During a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at India’s Parliament House on Wednesday, President Nikias discussed USC’s goals to build closer connections with India. The Economic Times noted that trustee Ratan Tata later told reporters: “He [Nikias] is interested in reaching out to do more with India. I have undertaken the responsibility to introduce him to India and we paid a courtesy call to the prime minister.”

The visit drew considerable media attention, as can be seen here.


  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