AMCHAM, Hewitt Associates conduct HR workshop in Chennai

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Chennai, Sep 27 (UNI) The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Tamil Nadu Chapter, which represents American companies operating in the state, along with Hewitt Associates, a Global HR consulting firm, has conducted a one-of-its-kind HR workshop here.

The "experimential and interactive" workshop was aimed at helping the academia to appreciate "what it takes to work for a global organisation" and brought the industry and the academia together to address several mutually beneficial issues.

What do the fresh graduates expect from global organisations? How will these changed expectations impact educational institutions? Which areas of industry-academia partnership are truly effective and can be strengthened? were some of the mutal beneficial issues discussed in the meet.

Placement heads and student representatives from over 45 higher education institutions in the state across engineering, arts, science and polytechnic institutions, had been invited for the workshop, a release from AMCHAM said.

As part of the workshop, the faculty and student representatives visited the facilities of Ford and Cognizant and spent about two hours in each of them to get a firsthand experience of how global corporations in the services and the manufacturing sectors operate.

During these sessions, they were exposed to the key tenets that drive modern-day global corporations, such as a global mindset, multiculturalism and global working environments, the release said.

The representatives also interacted with CEOs, Presidents and Managing Directors of American companies in Tamil Nadu in multiple round table formats on the aforesaid subjects.

"The central idea behind this unique workshop was to make the students and the faculty understand what it means to nurture a global mindset and a global attitude, and expose them to the dynamics of a global corporation," Mr R Ramkumar, Chairman, AMCHAM, Tamil Nadu Chapter and Vice-President, Cognizant, said.

The workshop has highlighted the immense opportunities and the willingness of AMCHAM Tamil Nadu member companies to collaborate with educational institutions to make education meaningful and relevant, said Mr Ajit Mathai, Director, Hewitt Associates.

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