Getting the future of energy ready
Total gives a great importance to access to quality education and the development of skills.
Visiting Total Pazflor Training Center, students from INP around a wellhead
Pedro Ribeiro, the Deputy General Manager at the Sciences Faculty
A master graduate from the Faculty of Sciences of UAN supported by Total in Angola
Proved Total professional talking to ISPTEC students
By donating means, Total enhances the students’ skills (a lab at the Faculty of Sciences of UAN)
Total gives a great importance to access to quality education and the development of skills. As in every host country we support young women and men’s education and training, Total in Angola has also chosen this path to assure the energetic future. This is why we created open spaces to debate about the world’s concern to find accessible and cleaner energy with future engineers, experts or decision makers.
The appropriate forum to debate the future
From high schools to universities or even to professional schools, Total in Angola is supporting the training of young future professionals by channeling its experiences and know-how. In partnership with local educational institutions like UAN[i] and ISPTEC[ii], INP[iii], Eiffel Schools and Academia Sonangol, conferences, seminars or workshops were organized. Proved professionals or teachers from Total Professeurs Associés lectured on specific courses like Seismic geomorphology and exploration, Structural interpretation of seismic data, Micropaleontology as well as Remote sensing technologies for oil industries, and presented high profile current topics, with remark on practical and applied aspects.
Industry, science and university together
In order to actively participate to the development of skills, Total in Angola is supporting technicians from Geographic Engineering lab of UAN by financing the acquisition of a photogrammetric station to train them to use digital photos and satellite images to create high precision maps. Has also financed a seismograph for the Geophysics lab to research on the subsoil and an apparatus to make narrow polished samples for the Geology lab. Meanwhile, two Angolan teachers, one from INP and the other from ISPTEC participated in the Total Summer School in 2014 and yet another from INP took part in 2016. Five teachers from ISPTEC were also granted scholarships for master degree, while others students at different levels of universities or higher education institutes are studying in Brazil, Burkina Faso, France, Portugal, South Africa or the United States under Total scholarships.
Over 30 years of a winning cooperation
From a global number of 55 students under a Total in Angola scholarship, 65% are studying in universities in Africa.
Our cooperation with UAN started in the 80’s, with the arrival of French teachers for the Geosciences department to teach at the Sciences faculty and continues up to day with the support of two Master trainees. Many students graduated from UAN are now working for Total in Angola or for the Group as expatriates. The future of energy depends on having the right people with the appropriate training in the right place. That’s why Total is fully committed to Education.
[i] Agostinho Neto University, the major State university
[ii] Polytechinic Higher Institute of Technologies and Sciences, the only State higher institute specialized in oil and gas training
[iii] National Oil Institute, secondary school specialized in Oil and Gas