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PMI2 delegation to India – a tale of three cities

In the first week of February 2010, a team of nine careers professionals representing AGCAS and NASES undertook a range of visits in three major cities of India – Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. 

The main aim of the delegation to India was to enable UK-educated Indian graduates to (re)-enter jobs more successfully on their return to India. The findings should make for interesting reading and generally inform the careers education, information and guidance we provide to international students here in the UK.

A team of three in each city visited some umbrella organisations, such as the Confederation of Indian Industries and the British Council or British High Commission, in order to improve our understanding of the Indian economy. We met with graduate recruiters to find out what skills, attributes and experience they seek, how these are developed by the education systems in India compared with the UK, how they perceive UK-educated Indian graduates, and how they recruit. Through alumni network events and focus group interviews we heard about our graduates’ job hunting and career experiences in India, and the sources of information, influence and support they consider important.

Over the week we developed a rounded picture by also interviewing key people in higher education institutions, Education-UK agents and our own counterparts – careers and recruitment specialists. All this rich data will be written up and published shortly as reports for each city, together with notes from each individual visit. An overall country report pulling together key findings and recommendations will be available soon in an Executive Summary.

The trip to India follows the successful visit to China last year. View the China Visit report

What is PMI2?

Launched in April 2006, the Prime Minister's Initiative for International Education, commonly referred to as PMI2, is a five-year strategy to secure the UK's position as a leader in international education and sustain the managed growth of UK international education delivered both in the UK and overseas. Read more about PMI2

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Created on: 09 March 2010

Last updated: 09 March 2010

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