USC’s Office of Global Initiatives has opened a new international office in Mumbai, building on the momentum of the recent USC delegation to India led by President C. L. Max Nikias (indiadelegation.usc.edu/).
The university’s Mumbai office will promote academic and research partnerships, expand opportunities for student service-based learning in India and help attract top Indian students to USC. More than 1,500 Indian students enrolled at USC in 2009-10 – more than from any other country outside the United States.
During the USC delegation’s visit to the country, Nikias and a group of USC deans and trustees explored new avenues of collaboration with partners in Indian education, business and government, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
With the support and generosity of USC trustee Ratan N. Tata, who provided key office space in Mumbai, USC will have representation in the main financial center of India. This will give the university an increased presence in a country that experts predict will be pivotal to the development of international commerce and culture in the 21st century.
According to Anthony Bailey, associate provost for global initiatives, USC is one of the most important American universities for Indian students, which provides an essential spark for deepening USC connections in India: “Our new office will be key in helping USC’s academic units to build substantial partnerships and programs in India, leveraging our fast-growing alumni base as we pursue areas where USC’s strengths intersect with the interests and needs of the country.”
The Mumbai office joins an international office recently opened by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India.
Kamaldeep Chadha will serve as director of the Mumbai office. Chadha has more than 20 years of experience in business development, project management, finance and marketing, and has a long history with USC, having served as a senior business consultant with USC’s Minority Business Enterprise Center Program and holding a B.S. in business administration from the USC Marshall School of Business and a master in business taxation from the USC Leventhal School of Accounting.