Hyundai Motor Group has said that it will begin a tour this month of prominent universities in the United States and Europe to recruit doctorate and master's degree holders.
The group covering the nation's top two automakers - Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. - has been hiring 100 university graduates abroad every year since 2002 but this will be the first time that they will hold a public relations tour at 15 schools.

The motor group plans to hire engineers for electronics, testing, designing, engine and transmission development, production technologies and masters of business administration, in addition to workers with experience at foreign motor companies.

Hyundai and Kia officials said the recruiting drive reflects the growing demand for overseas talent due to their greater production and research and development operations abroad.

"It is to strengthen our R&D division in efforts to actively cope with the changes in the market and to gain advantage over other global firms," the group said in a statement.

The group said it will use the new recruits to lead the development of hybrid and fuel-cell cars, next-generation powertrains, electronic transmissions and telematics systems.

Hyundai and Kia will visit ten US universities for two weeks starting Monday 11th April and five European universities from April 21 to 29. Graduates of the schools will conduct recruitment seminars and offer consultation.

In the US, the group will visit well-regarded centers for higher learning such as Stanford University, the University of Michigan, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, etc.

Graduates and seniors are invited to apply at and between April 11 and May 1.

The motor group also trains 100 employees annually to become global professionals through an in-house MBA course.