MBDA / ISAE scholarship winners 2018 award ceremony

A reception at the Residence of France in New Delhi was hosted in honour of the MBDA-ISAE scholarship winners for higher studies in aerospace engineering in France.

New Delhi, 20 July 2018

MBDA-ISAE Scholarship winners were today welcomed at the Residence of France in New Delhi by Ms Claire Thuaudet, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of France in India, at an award ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

The scholarship, which is sponsored by MBDA, Europe’s leading developer of missiles and missile systems, was created in 2013 following an agreement drawn up by ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation and ISAE. On completing their studies, the five Indian students will be awarded an internationally accredited MSc in Aerospace, Mechanics and Avionics from ISAE-SUPAERO. The selected individuals are all graduates from various Indian institutions of higher education chosen by an admissions panel formed independently of the ISAE.

The fifth batch to benefit from the scheme, the five scholarship awardees will spend two years of their Master’s programme at the premier institution of ISAE, Toulouse. In addition to sponsoring their studies, MBDA will also contribute to their living expenses in Toulouse, France. The Embassy of France will provide students scholarships that cover the benefits such as visa fee waivers, medical insurance coverage, access to affordable accommodation, etc. Last year, MBDA announced its decision to extend this advanced programme of excellence in aerospace engineering for a further three years, meaning it will continue until the end of the 2020 academic year.

The development programme also aligns with the ‘Make in India’ policy, which encourages firms to use domestic skills and manufacture products within the country. The scholarship provides another platform for Indian defence professionals to develop their skills, commercial knowledge and international understanding in order to enable India to develop its own sovereign capabilities in the future.

During the reception, Ms Claire Thuaudet, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of France in India, said : “During his State visit to India, President Emmanuel Macron had emphasized on France’s aim of annually hosting at least 10,000 Indian students in France’s globally renowned institutions by 2020. The joint MBDA-ISAE is an excellent scholarship programme that helps us to attract talented Indian students to our country and increase the strong educational and industrial partnerships between India and France, especially in defence, space and aeronautics.”

Loïc Piedevache, MBDA Group India Country Head, said , “These high-potential students will benefit from some of the best opportunities on offer in the defence and aeronautical industry. Not only will they receive the highest level of education from the prestigious ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse, France, but they will also get the opportunity to expand their international networks and immerse themselves in the French and European culture and way of life. As a true longstanding reliable partner of India, MBDA is very proud to continue to contribute to such a reputable and important education programme.”

About MBDA

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 armed forces (land, sea and air).

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2017 MBDA achieved a turnover of 3.1 billion euros with an order book of 16.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly owned by Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo (25%).


A world leader in higher education and research in aerospace engineering, ISAE-SUPAERO offers a complete, unique range of advanced higher education programmes including the ingénieur ISAE-SUPAERO programme and CNAM-ISAE apprenticeship programme, 1 masters in aeronautics and space delivered in English, 5 research masters, 15 advanced masters, and 6 Doctoral schools. ISAE-SUPAERO has developed a research policy resolutely focused on answering the future needs of the aerospace industry and other high technology sectors. Close collaboration with industry is reflected in the Institution’s ongoing commitment to developing teaching and research chairs in strategic fields, as well as in the many lecturers from industry who contribute to the School’s programmes, keeping students attuned to the latest technological innovations and the best industrial practices. On the international level, ISAE-SUPAERO cooperates with premier European universities (TU Munich, TU Delft, ETSIA Madrid, Politecnico Torino et Milano, KTH Stockholm, Imperial College, Cranfield), North American institutions (Caltech, Stanford, Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley, EP Montreal...), and Latin American and Asian universities. The ISAE-SUPAERO learning community includes 95 professors and researchers, 1,800 lecturers from industry, and nearly 1,700 undergraduate students. Every year, over 30% of the Institute’s graduates are international students, and the alumni network includes over 17,000 former graduates.

About the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation

The ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation was created in 2008 to promote the development of ISAE-SUPAERO. The Foundation contributes to the funding of projects involving students, faculty members and professors.

The main roles of the Foundation are: to expand the national and international footprint of ISAE-SUPAERO, in particular by fostering the international mobility of students and research faculty; to help finance new pedagogical projects and help students engage in research ; to help ISAE-SUPAERO invest in sustainable, innovative aerospace technologies; to promote the creation of start-ups and young companies and to implement the Institute’s diversity and social openness policy by supporting the OSE l’ISAE-SUPAERO project and by promoting the engineering profession among middle and high school students.


About the scholarship programmes supported by the Embassy of France in India

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, Indian students receive substantial financial assistance to study in France as research interns, exchange students, or full-time degree students. More than 5,300 young Indians chose France as a destination for their higher education in 2017. The objective is to welcome 10,000 Indian students to France per year by 2020.

The Embassy of France, through the Institut français en Inde and the Campus France India network, has therefore developed an ambitious programme to achieve this target:
- Connecting more than 500 premier Indian institutes and universities with French higher education institutes to develop dynamic exchange programmes;
- Countrywide presence with 13 Campus France offices, which help Indian students find the best study or professional programme that can boost their career;
- More than 500 scholarships in 2017 for the best Indian students, with the number set to increase;
- Launch of the France Alumni India network, an initiative to reunite and reconnect former students from France through a digital platform. The 3,500+ alumni already registered can have direct access to the representatives of more than 400 French companies operating in India, which seek young talent;
- France’s framing of very attractive visa policies for Indian students and alumni.

Established on 31st August 2017, The French Embassy in India supports the Franco-Indian Education Trust. A non-profit organization, the Trust endeavours to fund and facilitate the mobility of students, faculty, researchers, scholars, and professionals between France and India. The French Embassy currently invests 1 million euros (7 crores rupees) in over 500 scholarships offered annually by the French government in India. The Trust aims at doubling the number of scholarships that France gives every year to Indian students.

Last modified on 27/08/2018

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