A new tool in the global search for talent
The Volvo Group is entering into a new partnership with selected universities around the world. In Sweden, the initiative includes a scholarship programme. Every year, the Group will pay for tuition at Chalmers University of Technology for four new master’s students from China and India.
“It has always been my dream to work at an international company”, says Yuan Wenjing, one of the first recipients.
Yuan Wenjing is 22 and she is studying software engineering at Northwest University in China. She first heard about Volvo on a TV programme, when she was at primary school.
“At that time, the brand was not so widespread in China,”says Yuan Wenjing.
Since then, a great deal has changed. Yuan Wenjing is now going to follow in the footsteps of her cousin, who also studied at Chalmers in Gothenburg. During her two years there, she is likely to run into Akhil Krishnan, a fellow recipient of the AB Volvo Scholarship.
With a background in automotive engineering from the B.M.S. College of Engineering in Bangalore, India, he has always had a passion for machines and tools.
“My parents tell me that I was happier playing with spanners and pliers from my father’s toolkit than with toys and playthings.”
Akhil Krishnan has his sights set on a career in automotive engineering, partly thanks to the Volvo Group.
“From the invention of the seatbelt to the SARTRE project, the Volvo Group’s innovation has been a long-standing inspiration that has influenced,” says Akhil Krishnan.
The scholarships will cover tuition fees for a two-year master’s programme in automotive engineering, electric power engineering, computer systems and networks or software engineering. In addition to financial support, the Volvo Group will maintain close contact with the students during their time at Chalmers University of Technology by offering summer internships, degree projects and mentorship, for example.
“The Volvo Group runs operations in 190 countries. We must be able to recruit skilled employees from diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, we want to contribute to an international academic environment, which we believe benefits everyone,” says Kerstin Renard, Executive Vice President Corporate HR at AB Volvo.
The scholarships are part of the Group’s Academic Partner Programme, which is an overarching programme for partnerships with universities and colleges in terms of research and recruitment. Within the framework of this programme, AB Volvo is now appointing Preferred Talent Partners among leading universities worldwide. AB Volvo already has agreements with the Chinese universities of Tsinghua and Tongji and with EMLYON and INSA Lyon in France.
The agreement with Chalmers University of Technology was signed at a ceremony at Chalmers on 4 May. Chalmers and Volvo already have a corresponding agreement for research collaboration.
“By establishing a long-term partnership with renowned universities, we will become even more proficient at identifying and attracting promising talents. In 2012, we are going to offer internships, work on a network of ambassadors and hold discussions with students,” says Kerstin Renard.