Campus roundup: Campus hiring to see a slower pace in 2014

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SummaryWith the onset of the hiring season in campuses in India, Firstnaukri.com’s survey

With the onset of the hiring season in campuses in India, Firstnaukri.com’s survey with more than 115 recruiters reveals that there will be an overall decline in campus hiring in 2014. Out of the total recruiters surveyed, 73% said that the number of students to be hired from campuses will be lower in 2014 as compared to 56% in 2013. As many as 44% recruiters who hire engineers expect a decline in hiring in 2014 as compared to 50% who echoed a similar sentiment in 2013. When we asked recruiters, who hire only MBA students, all of them said that they will visit fewer campuses and will hire lower number of students this year. Commenting on the findings, Deepali Singh, business head, Firstnaukri.com said “The uncertain economic conditions will continue to manifest itself through a weaker demand for students in campus hiring. Most of the companies have adopted a watchful approach towards recruitments and its ramifications will be felt in campus hiring as well. We expect fewer students to get employment from campuses next year.” The survey found that availability of quality talent still remains the lodestone for companies when it comes to selecting colleges for campus hiring with 25% of the recruiters expressing it as a key factor while selecting campuses for placements. And the lack of communication and analytical skills, students’ refusal to join a company after accepting the offer and salary expectations are some of the challenges faced by the recruiters. Also, personal interviews emerged as the most favoured mode of recruiting students with 40% of total recruiters opting for the same.

Digital curation at Robert Gordon University

There is growing recognition, in both the public and private sectors, of the need for more effective digital asset management in terms of the creation, preservation and exploitation of digital data. Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Aberdeen Business School’s new MSc Digital Curation has been launched in recognition of this need to ensure long-term maintenance and preservation of digital assets. The new course, which has been developed by the university’s Department of Information Management, is designed to equip students with the skills and competencies to add value to digital data to ensure it can be stored, accessed, reused and transformed for future research, business and socio-cultural activities. The first intake of this course will be in January.

Stanford Ignite returns to Bangalore in April 2014

On the heels of the successful completion of the first 9-week certificate programme in innovation and entrepreneurship outside its California campus, Stanford Graduate School of Business is now accepting applications for Stanford Ignite-Bangalore 2014. Classes will meet on extended weekends from April 4 through June 8, 2014. The deadline for applications is November 22, 2013. “Just a few weeks ago, we presented certificates of completion to an incredibly talented cohort of 41 smart and energetic working professionals in such fields as medicine, law, engineering, and robotics,” said Yossi Feinberg, John G McCoy, Banc One Professor of Economics and faculty director of Stanford Ignite. “These individuals embody the intent of the Stanford Ignite program to drive economic growth through entrepreneurship by teaching innovators, both entrepreneurs and ‘entrepreneur’s,’ the business skills to bring their ideas to market. They’ve set a high bar for the next batch of participants.”

HBS to help develop intellectual capital

Harvard Business School (HBS) will host an executive education programme called “Maximising Your Leadership Potential—India” from December 4-7 at the HBS style classroom at Taj Lands’ End, Mumbai. This new programme aims to provide organisations the opportunity to invest in one of their most valuable resources – their talent. The programme is designed to allow participants to explore critical management challenges while gaining insight into their leadership style and approach. “The constantly changing and increasingly complex nature of competition between global and local firms requires leaders who can build organisations with the capabilities to both execute and innovate. Maximising Your Leadership Potential will help individuals enhance these capabilities by focusing on the three imperatives of leadership – managing yourself, managing your network, and managing your teams,” said Linda A Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration and the faculty chair of Maximising Your Leadership Potential—India.

Sibal calls for a 10-yr plan for education reforms

The Union minister for communications and information technology Kapil Sibal called for reforms in the education system to make it child-centric. He criticised the tendency of dwelling over past and ignoring the future. Inaugurating the two-day CII Global University-Industry Congress and 5th Higher Education Summit, organised jointly by CII and AICTE last week, Sibal propogated a 10-year vision to create a comprehensive roadmap to facilitate radical reforms in education to ensure that India comes in the forefront of the world’s education fabric. He also emphasised the need for making education compatible to leverage the technological advancements—such as cloud computing—happening worldwide. In this regard he advocated providing the students with low-cost devices facilitating access to educational material and information anytime, anywhere.

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