Investing in education to develop tomorrow's talent
Wherever we are located, access to education and the development of skills are of great importance to us. Working together is key in terms of cooperation, co-creation and co-construction with our stakeholders. This attitude unites all our educational programmes. It is how, every year, we help thousands of young people around the world on their journey to becoming tomorrow's talent. It inspires us to organise events that promote dialogue and collective inventiveness regarding the future of energy.
Welcome Day 2016 at Total's headquarters in Paris.
Students from the University of Texas on their Oléum discovery day.
Total booth at this year's final EAGE conference. Meeting the students from Makerere University (Uganda) who won a Team Total scholarship.
Total sponsors student projects. Here, in Lyon, France, a visit to EPSA where engineering students design the vehicles of tomorrow.
Local partners for global action
For 10 years our Group has forged partnerships with schools and universities around the world. Cooperation between our affiliates and local academic institutions has enabled us to contribute to the areas of education, training and research.
For example, in Angola we have helped to open four high schools specialising in science since 2009, with support from the Ministry of Education and the organisation Mission Laïque Française. Every year 200 young people are awarded diplomas that facilitate their access to local and international higher education. In France, we support programs for the admission of economically disadvantaged students to prestigious higher education establishments such as Sciences Po.
Furthermore, our Group has nearly 80 university partnerships and since 2004 has developed a programme of international scholarships. This programme has enabled more than 1,000 scholars from 41 countries to continue their higher studies in France and prepare for the challenges of future careers in energy. It is also a chance for them to discover the Total Group, French culture and the European context, and enjoy a multicultural experience with all the other Total scholarship recipients.
We also finance or co-finance about thirty research and teaching chairs around the world, in order to establish a lasting relationship with innovative institutions and opinion leaders in countries where we operate.
Knowledge for everyone
Our education programmes enable and promote exchanges between generations and cultures and between the most renowned experts and the student community. This is why we have established Total Campus, a platform where students, professionals and members of the international education community can discover Total's careers and activities and, through competitions, project tenders and events, discuss and participate in our initiatives.
Finally, in order to make knowledge about energy available to more people, Total began supporting the first free specialised MOOC1 in the oil and gas sector in 2015. Created by the IFP School2, it focuses on the entire supply chain in our industry, from exploration and production to refining and petrochemistry through to distribution. By making one session per year available in English and French since 2015, and in Spanish and Portuguese in 2017, the MOOC has already attracted more than 43,000 participants.
From now on, students will be at the heart of the civic commitment of our business, a commitment we are putting into practice where we operate, in France and the world. In all of our action programs, those of general interest in particular, we will favor educational actions and youth development. We are going to strive to facilitate their professional and social integration all over the world. Moreover, we are going to raise awareness and provide education on various topics such as Climate, Environment, Road Safety... And finally, new cultural and artistic programs intended for youth.
Our Group is committed to building a responsible energy future. Faced with these future challenges, we understand the importance of access to education, the transfer of knowledge, the sharing of expertise and benefitting from the richness of diversity and ideas in the world around us. At Total, all energies are welcome so that we can address these challenges.
1 Massive Open Online Course
2 As a key component of the IFP Energies Nouvelles centre, the IFP School prepares tomorrow's specialists to address the challenges of energy transition.