Fair highlights role of exchange programmes for students

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Gurgaon, Sep 17 (UNI) International mobility and openness to foreign cultures is the need of the hour to make students global citizens in the era of globalisation.

This was the resounding theme at a placement and recruitment fair organised by the French Embassy and the Management Development Institute (MDI) at the B-school's campus here.

''In a world that has become a global village, openness to foreign cultures is essential, especially for students for whom international experience is becoming an increasingly valuable asset,'' French Minister of State for Foreign Trade Anne-Marie Idrac said at the launch of the Career Opportunities Fair.

Major French companies in the Electronics, IT, Telecom, Automobile, Chemical Engineering and Retail sectors, including Thales, Renault, Altran, Steria, Air Liquide, Schneider Electric and Segece, participated in the fair.

The companies gave presentations on their profiles and conducted interviews of prospective candidates.

Prof Subir Verma, Chairman, Placement&Alumni Affairs, MDI, told UNI, ''It is an initiative on the behest of the French embassy.

It is strenghening of the bond between France and our institute.'' ''MDI is a valued partner of reputed French management schools such as the ESCP-EAP and the EDHEC and annually sends and receives over 70 students from France under the vibrant exchange programmes,'' he added.

It has the largest International Student Exchane programme among Indian B-schools and has tied up with more than 45 premier B-schools across Europe, Americas, Asia and Australia.

Director, MDI, C V Baxi said,''It is an opportunity to bring diverse cultures together in a coherent and cohesive manner and such fairs become all the more important in the backdrop of the current international market scenario.'' UNI SKB RP SSC1559

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