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The Enterprises and Alumni Job Fair 2017

Written By Ankita Kochar 13/07/2017
On 8 July 2017, the French Institute in India (IFI), the cultural wing of the French Embassy in India,in collaboration with the Indo-French Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Business France, held the Enterprises and Alumni Job Fair 2017 as held at the Alliance Française de Bangalore.
 
This job fair pairs Indian professionals that formerly studied in France and with promising job opportunities in India. L’Oréal, Amaris, Gaja Digital, Faurecia, Accor Hotels, Lumiplan were among the organisations that participated in this event organised by the French Institute in India and Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 
Around 500 students registered to the event, providing recruiters a wide pool of talented professionals. Around 80% of recruiters said they were likely to recruit candidates from the event held on Saturday for the positions on offer.
 
Studying in France provides an international and multicultural edge to students, which when paired with world-class education, provides them an advantage at top-ranking and multinational companies. Job Fairs organised in various cities in India ensure that French companies all over India benefit from this talented pool of Indian professionals.
The French Institute/ Institut français India (IFI) is the section of the Embassy of France responsible for promoting Indo-French people-to-people ties. IFI promotes academic and scientific exchange between higher institutes of learning and research. It enables student mobility and promotes the French language. It fosters links between artists, scientists, NGOs, professors, enterprises, film professionals, publishers and more in addition to supporting partnerships in research and innovation, capacity-building and interactions with civil society, vocational studies, as well as artistic and cultural partnerships in arts, books, film, fashion, design and more. It organises forums and debates that bring together innovators and thinkers from both countries. IFI acts as a matchmaker in the exchange of expertise, strengthening these connections between private companies and public institutions between France and India.
Background:

Over 400 French companies are present in India, which employ over 300,000 skilled workers. This provides immense opportunities to Indian alumni who are trained in France. These skilled professionals would be an asset to not only French but also other multinational companies.
 
France is the third global destination for foreign students. Over 4000 Indian students choose to study in France every year; most of them enrol for STEM courses at reputed institutions. French universities and grandes écoles offer an increasing number of courses taught in English. Campus France, a French government agency for promoting higher education and operating from 11 offices across India, guides students in their choice of courses and the procedures involved in obtaining admissions and the requisite visa.

​The French government would like to welcome more Indian students to France. Indian students can extend their stay in France after the completion of their studies. France offers several visa schemes for the alumni, ranging from the 2-year visa to the 5-year circulation visa, not to forget, the Talent Passport.
Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFFCI): Set up in 1977, IFCCI is a not-for-profit bilateral business Chamber which fosters and promotes mutually beneficial relations between India and France through trade and industry. The Chamber has four offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru and over 550 members, comprising leading French and Indian companies. 
 
IFCCI provides a platform facilitating business and networking opportunities between French and Indian companies, and promotes their members' interests to key decision makers, and helps develop economic and commercial relations between France and India.

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