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USC Hosts Pacific Rim Events

by Kevin Durkin
USC Hosts Pacific Rim Events
Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost for Information Technology Services Ilee Rhimes, left, USC President-elect C. L. Max Nikias and Secretary General of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Kenneth J. McGillivray

USC hosted the third Chief Information Officers Forum and the first Education and Research Technology Forum for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities from May 24-27.

The association is a consortium of 42 leading research universities from 16 countries that promotes cooperation in education, research and enterprise.

On May 25, USC President-elect C. L. Max Nikias welcomed CIO Forum participants to campus at the Davidson Center.

Nikias applauded the CIOs for their focus on collaborative interests, challenges and new initiatives, as well as their efforts to share best practices and discuss information technology developments.

“As CIOs, you provide the vision and leadership in information technology necessary to advance the association’s mission,” Nikias said. “You provide direction and support for the effective application and integration of information technology to improve teaching, learning and research around the Pacific Rim.”

Other featured speakers at the forums included Krisztina Holly, vice provost and executive director of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation; Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; and Ilee Rhimes, USC’s chief information officer.

“We are pleased to host these forums at USC because they help foster partnerships that span the Pacific Rim and strengthen our shared commitment to the advancement of information technology,” Rhimes said.

Featured presentations at the forum highlighted the growing global demand for information technology leadership. Other topics included governance, security, high-performance computing, cloud computing and the use of information technology in earthquake research.

Education and Research Technology Forum topics included mobile computing, grid computing, remotely managed audiovisual services, e-learning and multimedia literacy. Forum participants had opportunities to tour the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and the university’s central data center.

Co-founded by USC President Steven B. Sample in 1997, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities is committed to promoting global academic and research standards.