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September 20, 2018

Tech giant Infosys to tap Trinity College’s liberal arts talent

PHOTO | Contributed Infosys CEO Salil Parekh is leading the Indian IT company's strategy to hire more American workers at its U.S. job sites.

A portion of the 1,000 employees Infosys plans to hire in Hartford  could come out of Trinity College, following the announcement Thursday of a new education partnership between the Indian technology giant and the private liberal arts college.

Infosys said it hopes the multi-year “Trinity-Infosys Applied Learning Initiative” will add digital skill-sets to Trinity’s liberal arts majors, potentially funneling them into the tech consulting industry.

“We need people with human-centered skills who can approach problems in entirely new ways, not just solve them, and who will contribute to out-of-the-box thinking in a digital age,” Ravi Kumar, Infosys president, said in a statement.

For Trinity, the partnership could be an added enrollment draw, particularly at a time when some have questioned whether there’s a disconnect between liberal arts education and evolving workforce needs.

“Our partnership with Infosys will serve as a national model for leveraging the liberal arts in creating the future of work,” Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney said in a statement. “In a rapidly changing world, we will provide Trinity students with unique advantages, complementing their core liberal arts education with technological skills and applied learning that will position them to thrive in the digital workplace.”

Infosys has pledged to hire 10,000 U.S. workers by the end of next year. The company has announced education partnerships in several other states where it’s also boosting its presence, including with the Rhode Island School of Design and Purdue University in Indiana.

In the latter state, Infosys is also building a $35 million U.S. education center, modeled in part after its massive corporate university in Mysore, India. It’s building another training hub in North Carolina.

In April, Connecticut’s Bond Commission approved financing to provide $14 million to Infosys, which promised to develop a new training and innovation hub in Hartford.

In return for these grants, the company will provide an estimated 1,000 jobs to the capital city by 2022.

The company is also searching for office space downtown. Sources familiar with Infosys’ search say the company is looking for about 65,000 square feet of space and may be targeting Goodwin Square as its possible Hartford home.

Under the Trinity partnership, which will make use of the college’s new downtown Hartford space, the two plan to develop continuous learning options for Infosys workers and Trinity alumni, create a potential summer bridge program for liberal arts students to acquire in-demand tech skills, and jointly design and test new digital technologies to advance a liberal arts education, they said.

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