KU extends partnership with giant energy firm TOTAL

KUWAIT, March 23 (KUNA) — The Kuwait University’s College of Engineering and Petroleum announced on Wednesday the extension of its agreement with the giant French energy company Total for two more years.
The agreement, initially signed in 2013 for three years, aims at having students of the College of Engineering and Petroleum receive instruction and training at Total facilities in addition to having the College staff be sent to Total in France to become acquainted with the latest advances in the energy field, said in a press statement today dean of the College Dr. Abdullatif Al-Khelaifi.
The two-year extension will avail the College and Total to pursue topics on research and development to the best interest of both sides, said the dean, noting that Total will offer scholarships to students of the College to pursue post-graduate work in French institutions.
Total will also provide the training of the students of the College at oil locations in the Middle East and worldwide where the company has training facilities, said the dean. Total will pay for room and board for these students and extend monetary gifts to them.
On his part, regional director of Total-Kuwait company Lionel Lev said the company highly values education as it is seminal to economic growth and development. He extoled the company’s partnership with Kuwait University’s College of Engineering and Petroleum as it affords the students the opportunity to develop their potentials in the vital field of energy. (end) mrf.ajs