Five MBDA-ISAE scholarship winners were invited for an award ceremony to celebrate their achievements
Scholarship winners of the MBDA-ISAE programme were welcomed at the Residence of France in New Delhi by Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of France in India, Claire Thuaudet, at an award ceremony to celebrate their achievements. Sponsored by MBDA, Europe’s leading developer of missiles and missile systems, the scholarship was created in 2013 following an agreement drawn up by ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation and ISAE.
The five Indian students will be awarded an internationally accredited MSc Degree in Aerospace, Mechanics and Avionics from ISAE-SUPAERO on graduation. The scholarship winners are all graduates from various Indian institutions of higher education chosen by an admissions panel formed independently of the ISAE. This is the fifth batch to benefit from the scheme wherein the scholarship awardees will spend two years of their Master’s programme at the premier institution of ISAE, Toulouse, France. MBDA is not only sponsoring their studies but will also contribute to their living expenses in Toulouse. The Embassy of France will provide students with scholarships that cover the benefits such as visa fee waivers, medical insurance coverage, access to affordable accommodation, etc. In 2017, 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 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.