Ambassador hosted the first group of MBDA-ISAE scholarship winners

On 28th April 2014, the first group of Indian students to be awarded scholarships under the MBDA Programme of Excellence was invited to a reception hosted by the Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr François Richier, at his Residence in New Delhi.


Thanks to this scholarship, in September 2014, seven Indian students will be embarking on a two-year Master’s programme at the prestigious French university Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE) situated in Toulouse, southern France. On successfully completing their studies, the students will be awarded an internationally recognised MSc in Aerospace, Mechanics and Avionics.

During the reception the Ambassador said: “All engineers contribute to their nation’s technological and industrial progress. The bright young Indian students who have been chosen by MBDA and ISAE will do even more. They will play their part in preparing the future of the relationship of France and India

The seven students - five men and two women, aged between 21 and 25 and graduates from various Indian institutions of higher education - were selected by an admissions panel constituted and administered independently by the ISAE. They will be studying with students from various other countries around the world in a truly international environment. In 2015 and 2016, two more batches of eight students will be selected for the MBDA scholarship programme.

In December 2013, MBDA signed a sponsorship agreement with the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation and ISAE, thereby setting up the Indian scholarship programme. The Foundation is a French state-approved association with the main mission of supporting the advancement of the international reputation of ISAE, and developing research and the international mobility of students, lecturers and researchers. Offering 22 Masters and specialized Master programmes each year, ISAE welcomes students from around the world with a high number coming from India.

Loïc Piedevache, MBDA Country Head India, said: “This scholarship programme, which will cover the tuition fees of the students concerned as well as contribute towards their living expenses, is just one of the many initiatives that MBDA is undertaking to establish itself as a trusted, long-term partner within India’s defence industry infrastructure. Mention should be made also of the backing that the programme has received from the French Embassy, which will be providing free visas, medical coverage and access to student housing to the scholarship winners during their stay in France. Furthermore, like all Indian holders of French master’s degrees and PhDs, the students will also be entitled, when they return to India, to a 5 year Schengen visa”.

- About MBDA: with a significant presence in five European countries, and the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three wings of the armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasure products already in operational service, with more than 15 others currently under development.

- About ISAE: a global centre of education and research in the field of aerospace, the Institut Superieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (the Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space) offers a comprehensive and unique range of courses in aeronautical and space systems engineering: SUPAERO engineer, ENSICA engineer, CNAM-ISAE engineering apprenticeship, eight Masters and Research Masters, 19 specialised Masters, six post-graduate doctorate schools, and a large range of refresher training courses through EUROSAE, a subsidiary jointly owned with ENSTA Paris Tech.

Established in 2007 by the merger of SUPAERO (1909) and ENSICA (1945), ISAE has a faculty of 130 permanent lecturers, 1,800 guest lecturers (half of whom come from the professional world), 1,625 full-time students – of whom 28% are from foreign countries – and nearly 3,0000 students enrolled in training courses each year. ISAE can call on a network of 20,000 alumni who are actively involved with the ISAE-SUPAERO-ENSICA Association.

- About the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation: a state-approved association, the aim of ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation is to contribute to the advancement of the national and international reputation of ISAE, with emphasis on research, education and social openness.
Carried out in direct collaboration with ISAE, the activities of the Foundation support ISAE’s work with its students and faculty, and in research. These activities are structured around five objectives: encouragement of the development and advance of aerospace research, consolidation of the provision of teaching tools, development of the entrepreneurial skills of the students, support to the international mobility of faculty members and students, boosting the social openness strategy of ISAE.

The Embassy of France in India runs several scholarship programmes at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels for Indian students in France. Under its flagship programme, the Charpak scholarships, more than 300 Indian students will get substantial financial assistance to study in France in 2014 as research interns, exchange students, or full-time degree students. The funding of the yearly scholarship programmes is on the rise (1.2 million euros in 2014) and reflects the sharp increase of the Indian student population in France. More than 2800 young Indians chose France as a destination for their higher education in 2013.
The Embassy of France is proud to join efforts with corporate partners to encourage Indian students to enrol in the country’s best institutes, such as ISAE.

Last modified on 30/07/2014

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