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Global Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities Hong Kong, October 13-15, 2011

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Video from the Financial Times: Hollywood comes to China

A huge and fast growing market makes China attractive to filmmakers and distributors, but are the terms of doing business too onerous? Elizabeth Daley, Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, talks to Hannah Kuchler from the Financial Times about joint ventures, censorship and intellectual property.

From the South China Morning Post and Finance Asia

Media coverage of the 2011 USC Global Conference included an op-ed by USC president C. L. Max Nikias; an article on USC alumnus Frank Gehry; and an article in FinanceAsia on sustainable economic growth in the international marketplace.

Conference Close Pays Tribute to Ronnie Chan, Announces New Programs

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release)—The 2011 USC Global Conference came to a close after a whirlwind of activity, encompassing nonstop networking among the Trojan alumni; academic presentations by distinguished members of USC faculty; and a memorable evening of ceremony and splendor during the closing dinner.


USC Leadership with Keynote Speaker Thomas Friedman

In appreciation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman’s highly successful keynote address to the attendees of the 2011 USC Global Conference in Hong Kong, USC leadership—including USC president C. L. Max Nikias (second from left); Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; and USC Trustee and conference co-chair Ronnie Chan (far right)—presented Mr. Friedman with an athletic team jacket showing the Trojan spirit.  Fight on!

Special Session: Global Executive MBA in Shanghai

On Saturday, October 15, more than 30 guests, professors and alumni gathered for the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) in Shanghai seminar, held at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong, site of the 2011 USC Global Conference. Professor Baizhu Chen, academic director of GEMBA and a leading faculty member of the program, discussed the world debt problem.

“The Future of Business in a Global World” Stirs Media Attention

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release)—The USC Global Conference plenary panel on “The Future of Business in a Global World,” organized and moderated by USC Trustee Ronnie Chan—chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and Hang Lung Properties Limited—drew the attention of dozens of regional media interested in the views of some of the most influential minds of the business world in Asia as they forecasted the direction of regional and world economies in an increasingly interconnected global environment. 

The discussants included one of the most recent additions to the USC Board of Trustees, Chengyu Fu, chairman of China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC Group), Asia’s largest oil refiner.  Mr. Fu, highly regarded in the energy industry, is a USC alumnus with a master’s

In the News: Quingyun Ma, Dean of USC Architecture

Top Chinese Architect leads elite school in southern california
from the China Daily News, 10/14/11

USC Architecture Dean Quingyun Ma and USC President C. L. Max Nikias greet guests at the 2011 USC Global Conference in Hong Kong

“Ma Qingyun accepted the job as dean of the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Architecture because he was weary of being his own boss.

His private Chinese firm MADA s.p.a.m. had grown to be highly successful, but he found himself repeating similar projects and felt restless.

‘Architecture alone doesn’t have the full ability to engage social and economic issues, and a lot of urban and environmental problems cannot be resolved purely through building,’ he says.

Read the full article.

Opening Night Gala

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release) The 2011 USC Global Conference opened with a roaring success—a lion’s roar, that is—as USC president C. L. Max Nikias (r.) and Hong Kong Finance Secretary John Tsang (l.) inaugurated the three-day conference with a ceremonial “waking” of a lion in a traditional Chinese lion dance. The waking was a symbol of both the beginning of the conference, and the larger emergence of the “Age of the Pacific” that is a focus of the University of Southern California.

Co-Chair Profile: Ronnie Chan

Co-chair of the 2011 USC Global Conference and a USC Trustee, Ronnie Chan is chairman of Hang Lung Group, which has been a leader in Hong Kong’s commercial property market for over 40 years.  He is also co-founder of the Morningside group, which owns and manages companies around the world that focus on manufacturing, public transport, media, healthcare, and biotech investments.

Presidential Dinner in Hong Kong

USC president C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias hosted a private dinner on the occasion of the opening of the 2011 USC Global Conference in Hong Kong.  Guests at the special event included (l. to r.): Kenneth Koo, chairman and CEO, Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (H.K.) Ltd.; Helen Koo; Yang Ho Cho, USC Board of Trustees member, chairman and CEO of Korean Airlines; Myong Hi Cho; USC president C. L. Max Nikias; Niki C. Nikias; Eva Hsieh; Ming Hsieh, USC Board of Trustees member, co-founder, CEO and chairman of Cogent, Inc.; Feng Deng, founder and managing director of Northern Light Venture Capital; and Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering.


Under the banner of “Global Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities,” USC hosts its 2011 Global Conference in Hong Kong Oct. 13 to 15. Remarks by USC president C. L. Max Nikias and a keynote address by Thomas L. Friedman set the stage for a program of leading experts providing global perspectives on technologies and the economy, global health and the environment, and governance and cultural landscapes. Follow us on Twitter #USCHK.