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.


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  1. Being a very big fan of Volvo group and heard a lot about Chalmer’s university and its Engineering program also. I am a graduate in Mechanical and Automation Engineering with a good CGPA and 3 years of scholarship at Amity University also. I have also applied for Volvo group scholarship and I would be a dream come true for me to be a part of this International organisation. i wish to be to be a part of this group. My heartiest congratulations to Yuan and Akhil keep rocking. And pray to god that soon I also wish to be a part of u all.

  2. Great Show Akhil. Nice to see your pic and comment on the univ webpage

  3. Hi Miguel,
    thank you for your interest in the program. At the moment, this particular scholarship program is only open to students with Chinese or Indian citizenships. However, you are of course very welcome to look for other opportunities within the Volvo Group at our Career site: http://www.volvogroup.com/group/global/en-gb/career/Pages/career.aspx

  4. Hi I´m Miguel Angel Masetto, I´m from Mexico, I have a question I´d like to know how can I apply for the scholarship programme?
    Actually I´m working within Volvo group like VPS training, thoese initials meaning Volvo Production System and basically this system is lean manufacturing.
    Also I´m studing industrial engineering and I´m going to finalize the university in four months.


  5. Hi Mohammad,
    the Volvo Group International Graduate Programme might be what you are looking for.

    You will find more information at: http://www.volvogroup.com/graduateprograms

  6. Hi
    This is a wonderful initiative, but does Volvo have any program for international graduate students in Sweden like me who have recently finished their master and because of Visa regulations had to leave Scandinavia? I have a MSc in Production Development and Management from Jönköping University. But I am no longer in Sweden.

  7. hello sir,
    i am mechanical engineer and a automobile diploma holder with 1 year 8 months of exp. can i be a part of this program


  8. Dear Deepika,
    the current scholarship programme is limited to engineering students at the master’s level. But you are more than welcome to look for job opportunities on our global career site:

  9. Hi,

    I am not enrolled to any university currently & wish to be a part of Volvo International Team.
    Is it any way I am eligible for Scholarship.
    I am a graduate in Journalism Mass Comm & PG in International Business. And currently working with a reputed retail Organization in India from past 2+ yrs.
    realllyyyyyyyyy Realllyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Wanna b a part of VOLVo……………. Anything for me in your bucket of Opportunities ???

  10. Excellent initiative! As it shows, this program is only available for students from India and China. How about the rest of the BRICs countries?
    When will Brazil be included to that program?
    Keep the good work, guys!

    Best regards,

  11. Dear Marcelo,
    I have sent you an email with the information you requested.

  12. Hello,
    I graduated in Product Design and wonder if you could inform an email so I can send some drawings to the Design department to be analyzed, it will be very important to me.
    Thank you for your attention.

  13. Dear Michael,
    the scholarship programme is a new initiative. At this stage, it is limited to four new recipients per year. The Volvo Group has a major presence in both China and India, with production facilities as well as sales offices and service organizations. That is why we have decided to focus on students who are citizens of these countries for this particular programme.

    Having said that, we are a truly global company active in 190 countries, which of course includes a number of African countries. We encourage all students and graduates, regardless of nationality, to look for career opportunities on our website http://www.volvogroup.com/group/global/en-gb/career/students/Pages/students.aspx.

  14. Dear ender,
    Thank you for your comment and your interest in the Volvo Group. We are recruiting to the scholarship program together with Chalmers University of Technology. They announced this opportunity and made the first selection. We then made telephone interviews with the final candidates. We were happy to see that we found four very talented students using this approach and new opportunities to apply for upcoming scholarship programs will be handled in the same way.

    As you point out, there are a lot of gifted students out there. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to reach them all.

  15. Wonderful Initiative! But how about Africa!! Volvo sells a great deal of buses and coaches in Southern Africa but nothing on that end!!! I am a very great enthusiast of bus and coach development. I even have my own designs for a bus and coach but its tough to get into the industry this side. Any pointers out there!!

  16. How to apply for the scholarship programme? I do not think there were enough public anouncement for the this event in China which could miss some exellent candidateS for the position and opportunity.