MBDA / ISAE scholarship winners hosted at the Residence of France

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. 1 June 2017

This scholarship initiative came into being following a sponsorship agreement signed by French defence major, MBDA, with the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation and ISAE in 2013. Following the success of the first three academic intakes, MBDA announced its decision earlier this year to extend its Programme of Excellence further in collaboration with the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation, and leading global aerospace engineering university ISAE-SUPAERO, which the Foundation is tasked with promoting. Extended for a further three years, the programme will now carry on to the academic year commencing 2020.

The five Indian students awarded this year are the fourth group to benefit from the scheme. The third group has already embarked on its final academic year of the two-year study programme where MBDA covers all tuition costs and contributes to students’ living expenses in the southern city of Toulouse, France. The Embassy of France, for its part, provides student visa fee waivers, medical insurance coverage and access to affordable accommodation.

On successfully completing their studies, students will be awarded an internationally recognised MSc in Aerospace, Mechanics and Avionics. The five students attending the reception, aged between 21 to 23 years old, are graduates from various Indian institutions of higher education selected by an admissions panel constituted and administered independently by the ISAE.

Applauding the successful tie-up, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, said, “The development of industry-focused academic exchanges is a great asset to foster cooperation between our two countries. I warmly commend this excellent scholarship initiative that helps us in attracting talented Indian students in our country - our target is to welcome 10 000 Indian scholars by 2020. This programme is also emblematic of the strong partnership we have developed with India in sensitive areas, including defence, space and aeronautics.”

Loïc Piedevache, MBDA India Country Head, talked about the experience these students would have in France: “These bright and very gifted young Indian students are soon to embark on a great learning adventure. Not only will they receive the very best tuition in their chosen area of studies at the prestigious ISAE/SUPAERO in Toulouse, they will also get the chance to mix with other students from around the world and to immerse themselves in French culture. In a truly international environment they will be able to share and nurture their passion for aeronautical technology.”

A bright future also lay ahead for these students upon their return to India, according to Piedevache: “India has set its stall on ‘Make in India’ as the way forward for its industrial and economic future. To make this happen, India will need to call on the skills of its youth, it will need to call on the people like these young students attending this reception today. In this respect, and as a proud and longstanding partner of India, MBDA is delighted to be involved in this important educational programme”.

About MBDA

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, MBDA achieved a turnover of 3.0 billion euros in 2016 with an order book of 15.9 billion euros. With over 90 armed forces in the world as customers, 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 armed forces (land, sea and air). 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 held by AIRBUS Group (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 Master’s 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 made up of 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, 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 startups 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 4,200 young Indians chose France as a destination for their higher education in 2016. However, the objective is to welcome 10,000 Indian students to France by 2020.
The Embassy of France, through Institut français India and the Campus France India network, has therefore developed an ambitious programme to achieve this target:

  • Connecting 500 premier Indian institutes and universities with French higher education institutes to develop dynamic exchange programmes;
  • Countrywide presence with 14 Campus France offices, which help Indian students find the best study or professional programme that can boost their career;
  • Offering over 500 scholarships in 2016 for the best Indian students, with the number set to increase;
  • Launch of France Alumni India network, an initiative to reunite and reconnect former students from France through a digital platform. The 1,000+ 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.

The Embassy of France is therefore both proud and delighted to join efforts with corporate partners such as MBDA to encourage Indian students to enroll in the country’s best institutes, such as ISAE.

Last modified on 06/06/2017

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