Newshub - NUS' News Portal

Total collaboration in energy education and research

16 March 2012

(From left) Prof Tan, Ms Helen Luo, Vice President for Human Resources of Total Oil Asia-Pacific and Mr Sposito at the MOU signing ceremony

NUS, Total S.A. and Total Oil Asia-Pacific (Total) inked a Memorandum of Understanding to partner in education and research through Total's Regional Education Partnership on 15 March.

With this three-year collaboration, NUS students will have internship opportunities at the various Asia Pacific offices of Total - one of the largest energy companies in the world. There will also be the exchange of academic and industry know-how through NUS-conducted executive training programmes for Total employees, and the Total Energy and Education Seminar for NUS faculty members.

"This new partnership is a natural extension of our collaboration with Total. We are very excited to work with Total to enrich our students' educational experience and also to enhance our research capabilities in Geosciences and Engineering through joint projects and scientific exchange," said NUS Vice-Provost (Education) Prof Tan Thiam Soon.

Wishing the collaboration as the "beginning of a long story", Mr Luc Sposito, Total Education General Manager, said that Total's aim is to consolidate their relationship with NUS and key Asian universities.

"One of our main targets is to deepen the localisation of our business and of our social actions, by contributing to the higher education process as an industrial company," noted Mr Sposito.

The two institutions' relationship can be traced back to 2008 when NUS students attended the Total Summer School programme. The week-long programme in Paris provided the opportunity for undergraduates around the world to discuss key energy issues and challenges in the oil and gas industry with energy industry experts.