USC Delegation Makes Historic Visit to India

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Hora, USC Delegation Make Historic Visit to India

Stephen Hora Research professor Stephen Hora
Photo by Tom Queally

A delegation of USC leaders led by president C. L. Max Nikias visited India in February to build relationships with civic, academic and corporate leaders.

The visit – the first to India by a USC president leading an official delegation – took USC faculty, deans and trustees to Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. The visit highlights the university’s commitment to global cooperation in the pursuit of excellence, celebrates USC’s research strengths with leaders in Indian society, and enhances academic and research ties with select Indian institutions.

On the agenda were: meetings with key stakeholders in higher education, business and policy; receptions for USC alumni; the opening of university offices in Bangalore and Mumbai; and presentations by renowned scholars from USC.

Three evening programs featured multimedia presentations by leading USC researchers, including USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development research professor Stephen Hora.

In New Delhi on Feb. 24, counter-terrorism expert Hora lectured on “Science as the Ultimate Weapon in the War on Terror.” A noted researcher with more than two decades of experience in risk analysis, Hora directs the Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), based at SPPD and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university, including more than 1,600 from India in the past academic year. Nearly 1,000 USC alumni call India their home.

The delegation was hosted by Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons and a USC trustee since August 2005.