Total to Invest in UK College Students
Total will help college students at Heriot-Watt University by investing a minimum of $3.2 million (GBP 2.5 million) in the organization’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering over the next five years.
The agreement will cover global R&D and educational activities undertaken jointly by Total and Heriot-Watt, such as sponsored PhD and post-doctoral studies.
PhD students will also benefit from guest lectures and presentations, internships and scholarships, seminars and training events, career, business and education forums and conferences and University and industry-based site visits, a Heriot-Watt University spokesperson told Rigzone.
“Ensuring the future of Scotland’s offshore industry is a key priority for this government and it is hugely encouraging to hear the positive impact this partnership will have for both the oil and gas sector and our university system,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a government statement.
“Not only will this provide an excellent opportunity to harness the technological advances Scotland’s universities are so famed for, but it is also set to help ensure Scotland’s oil and gas sector will continue to prosper for future generations,” she added.
It is vitally important for Total and Heriot-Watt to continue to work together to progress, develop and embrace new and innovative technology through research projects that will help define and shape the future of the offshore industry, Elisabeth Proust, managing director for Total E&P UK, said in a company statement.
“This is the latest development in a long-term and much valued partnership between Total and Heriot-Watt University,” Dr Gillian Murray, deputy principal for business and enterprise at Heriot-Watt University, said in an organization release.
“Such partnerships and joint ventures are key to the way the University operates and are of great value to development and the wider economy,” Murray added.
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