Fri 13-10-2017 13:22 PM
ABU DHABI, 13th October 2017 (WAM) – A new scholarship programme for Emirati students wishing to pursue their academic studies in France has been launched by the French Embassy and the French oil company Total E&P UAE, it has been announced.
A framework agreement was signed earlier this week by French Ambassador Lodovic Pouille and Hatem Nuseibeh, President of Total E&P UAE and Group Representative for Total in the Emirates.
Students benefiting from the programme, which covers both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, will be selected jointly on an annual basis.
Commenting after the signature of the agreement, the French Ambassador said that, "The signing of this agreement bears witness to the commitment of the French Embassy to further promote the French academic excellence in the United Arab Emirates. The new knowledge economy demands bold synergies and this successful program spotlights the Embassy’s fruitful partnership with TOTAL E&P UAE. This achievement is therefore a concrete expression of the cutting-edge relationship between France and the UAE."
Nuseibeh added that "Total has selected this partnership as part of our societal activities and the long-term commitment to education that focuses on valuing young local talent in the country. This also gives us chance to groom further the youth and technicians from the country."
The students will receive funding through the Total International Scholarship Programme, established in 2004, which selects 120 students from around the world each year to prepare for an engineering degree, a master's degree, an MBA or a doctorate covering all academic fields (oil and gas or new energies, economics, management, law, etc.). The French Foreign Ministry’s Quai d'Orsay / Entreprise Project also promotes jointly-funded scholarships.