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22/07/2020 News

Two young Emiratis selected to Join French Elite Universities as part of Total Quai d’Orsay Scholarship Program 2019.

Two young Emiratis have been selected to Join French Elite Universities in September 2019 as part of Total Quai d’Orsay Scholarship Program 2019.

Under Total Foundation "Youth inclusion & Education” action, Total in the UAE is continuing the scholarship program launched in 2001 supporting UAE youth who wish to do their higher studies in France.

In 2018, Total UAE reinforced this initiative by working together with the French Embassy through its Campus France team on a 3 years partnership under the “Total Quai d’Orsay scholarship program”

Through this initiative, Total aims to encourage youth education in the UAE and contribute to promote the excellence of the French educational system. So far 46 young Emiratis have benefited from this program since its inception and all of them are in leadership roles within various companies based in the UAE. 

It has to be noted that over the period of years Total has built its network connecting the best universities in the country like Khalifa University, UAE University, University of Sharjah etc with universities in France of high standards and education value to embark young emirati nationals on their educational and career dreams, a first step towards building the nation’s future.

Speaking about the Total’s Quai d’Orsay Scholarship Program, Mouza Al Dhaheri, Vice President and CSR, Total UAE Services said “Each year we are really inspired by the quality of the students getting selected to pursue their education in the best universities in France. This year, it is all the more encouraging to have our students accepted by Polytechnique and HEC, both very competitive. We are proud to continue this initiative as they are part of our investment to the development of youth to become future asset for the country”

In 2020, we are proud to extend full scholarships to two UAE nationals - Noor FIKREE and Mohamed AL HASHMI, who got accepted in two of the elite French universities: Polytechnique (engineering school) and HEC Paris (business school) Master and MBA’s programs.

Total UAE took this opportunity to talk with both scholarship winners and asked them how they felt about their present achievement and how it will help them to reach their life and career goals.


Noor FIKREE, Total scholar who will join a Polytechnique Master MSc program in September 2020: Noor is a graduate from Khalifa University and a future student of Polytechnique Master Program MSc Energy - Environment: Science Technology& Management.

"During my academic years in Khalifa University, I became interested in renewable energy and environment. I knew that I wanted to pursue a path in renewables, and upon perusing many programs and internships, I found that the MSc Energy Environment program provided at Ecole Polytechnique encompassed my interests and included the added benefit of managerial skills.”

Mohamed AL HASHMI, Total scholar who will join an HEC International MBA program in September 2020: Mohamed is a graduate from the Higher Colleges of Technology and a future student of HEC Paris International MBA.

“HEC Paris was an obvious choice, it is one of the most prestigious business school in Europe and among the most selective MBA programs in the world. It will enable me to work side-by-side with some of the best minds in business education. An international MBA program will help me build my international network which will give me the opportunity to be surrounded by passionate professors, driven faculty, and divers’ students from all over the world. Therefore, I will have the chance to interact, learn many ways to accelerate my academic and professional knowledge. By doing that, I will learn to be an ethical leader, inspire people, and lead effectively in all circumstances."