Investing in education to develop tomorrow's talent
Wherever we are located, access to education and the development of skills are matters of great importance to us. In cooperation with our stakeholders, we work to co-create and co-construct educational programs to help thousands of young people around the world on their journey to becoming tomorrow's talent. It inspires us to organize events that promote dialogue and collective ingenuity regarding the future of energy.
The first edition of the Total Energy Summer School (TESS) took place on July 10-13, 2016, and brought together students, leading academics and industry experts from 33 countries.
Welcome Day 2016 at Total's headquarters in Paris.
International scholars visit the Oléum training center.
A Total International Scholar presents during a working session at the 2016 Total Energy Summer School.
TESS students at the CNBC Sustainable Energy Brainstorm hosted by TESS, which challenged students to come up with innovative solutions for universal access to affordable energy.
Total International Scholars pictured with the Head of Total International Scholarship Partnerships Department, Ghislaine Desmet-Marchand, and Erik Pinon, Deputy Manager of the International Scholarships Program.
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 specializing in science curricula since 2009, with support from the Ministry of Education and the organization Mission Laïque Française. Every year 200 young people are awarded diplomas that facilitate their access to local and international higher education.
As a matter of fact, our Group has nearly 80 university partnerships and has developed a program of international scholarships since 2004. This program has enabled more than 1,000 scholarship holders from 37 countries to pursue higher education in France and prepare for the challenges of future careers in energy. It is also a chance for them to discover the Group, French culture and the European context, and enjoy a multicultural experience with all the other Total scholarship recipients.
"Our Group has always been involved with developing human capital in our host countries. And in doing so we listen to local players. In these partnership conditions we can jointly contribute to ambitious long-term education projects."
Andrew Hogg - Total Education Director, Total Group
Knowledge for everyone
Our education programs promote exchanges between generations and cultures, between the most renowned experts and the student community. This is why we have set up Total Campus, a platform where almost 150,000 students, professionals and members of the international education community can discover Total's careers and actions, discuss and participate in our initiatives: competitions, project tenders and events. This includes the Total Energy Summer School (TESS), which for the first time in 2016 brought together students, experts from the Group, teachers and researchers from around the world. The program involved three days of workshops to debate future energy challenges in the areas of science, industry, the economy, education and social responsibility. Some meetings were uploaded live or pre-recorded onto the Total Campus website so that the debates could reach a wider audience. We also encouraged internet users to post questions on social media.
“The four days included various activities ranging from informative lectures to fun activities and a teamwork challenge. It was inspiring meeting all those professionals from the energy industry and learning from their experiences, as well as getting in touch with students from across the globe."
Rawan Salah from the American University of Sharjah (sponsored by Total UAE MS)
Finally, in order to make knowledge about energy available to more people, Total began supporting the first free specialized 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 and all the way to distribution. By making one session per year available in English and French, the MOOC has attracted more than 43,000 participants.
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 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 center, the IFP School prepares tomorrow's specialists to address the challenges of energy transition.