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London unis launch targeted jobs portal in India

An innovative partnership of 16 London universities, under the brand London Universities International Partnership, has worked with premier Indian online job board  Firstnaukri.com  to set up a jobs portal specifically for returning Indian graduates of London institutions, promoting their world-class commercial experience and more creative attitudes.

"The portal is the first step in an on-going partnership with Indian employers to provide them with the employees they need”

As part of a delegation that went to India last month, London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, addressed Indian students and its business community, and the message was clear – Indian students studying in London, particularly, benefit from exposure to a business backdrop and culture that breeds future leaders and entrepreneurs.

Johnson said, “London is a fantastic place for India’s best and brightest students to study, with more top universities than any other city in the world. It is crucial we are doing all we can not just to give them an outstanding qualification, but to prepare them for a highly competitive jobs market.

“This new portal will offer invaluable advice and help set our talented Indian graduates up for successful and prosperous careers.”

The site will offer graduates crucial advice on preparing a CV for an Indian employer, as well as essential interview tips and techniques; the portal will then link them to First Naukri.com where they will be matched with employers looking for their skills.

“London is a fantastic place for India’s best and brightest, with more top universities than any other city in the world”

CEO of Naukri.com, Hitesh Oberoi, commented, “A large number of high quality Indian students now go abroad for higher education. It’s very difficult for employers in India to hire these students when they graduate.

The partnership between LUIP and Firstnaukri will provide easy access to employers in India to the students who want to come back to India after completing their education from UK.”

And Gary Davies, Chair of LUIP, which set up, with its partners, a website selling education options in the capital, added, “Indian companies tell us that London graduates return home with a global perspective that helps narrow the cultural gap when working within a multi-national company.

“The portal is just the first step in an on-going partnership with Indian employers to provide them with the employees they need.”

London’s Mayor, Johnson, also used the India trip to highlight his opinion on current visa policy, which made headlines back in the UK. He said stricter guidelines risked sending out the “wrong signal”.

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