ISAE-SUPAERO, the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation and MBDA, the European leader in missiles and missile systems, have renewed their partnership agreement, initiated in December 2013, for three more years. For these 3 years, this scholarship program plans to provide assistance for the training of at least 12 young Indians and Indonesians in the aerospace field through a two-year merit scholarship to prepare a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at ISAE-SUPAERO.
Strengthening ties between India, Indonesia and MBDA through highly qualified training
The sponsorship agreement includes two merit scholarship programs, one for India and the other for Indonesia. Each year they enable students to come to the Institute for two years to prepare a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
A win-win partnership for the Institute and for the company.
“MBDA is seeking to reinforce its position as a long-term partner for the Indian and Indonesian defense industries and to develop high-quality industrial ties between France, India and Indonesia. The sponsorship program is part of this approach, providing students from these two partner countries with a very high level of training at ISAE-SUPAERO,” explained Olivier Martin, Secretary General of MBDA.
A rigorous selection process for scholarship students
Applications for the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (a 2-year program) are accepted between October and December each year for courses beginning in September of the following year.
In 2020, out of a total of 500 applications received, 3 Indian students and 1 Indonesian student were accepted by ISAE-SUPAERO and MBDA for the merit scholarship to prepare a Master at the Institute.
More recently, the Institut Français en Inde and the Institut Français en Indonésie joined forces with these programs to provide scholarship students with airline tickets from their home country to France and free visa application procedures.
An abundance of job opportunities
In past years, 90% of the foreign students earning a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering have found jobs within 6 months of graduation, a large share of them in France at reference industries in the sector (Airbus, Thales, Safran) or at consulting firms (Altran, Alten). These profiles are of particular interest to international firms as they bring a multicultural mix and a better understanding of foreign markets. Many of them then choose to return to their home countries in key local industries, with an understanding of European culture that is a major asset for Indian and Indonesian companies.
Through their facilities in five countries in Europe and the United States, MBDA had 3.7 billion euros in sales in 2019 and has 17.5 billion euros on its order book. With more than 90 armed forces around the world as their clients, MBDA is one of the world leaders in missiles and missile systems.
MBDA is the only European group able to design and produce missiles and missile systems to meet the entire range of present and future operational needs of the three services of the armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force). In all, the group offers a range of 45 programs for missile systems and countermeasures in operational service, with more than 15 others under development.
MBDA is jointly owned by Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo (25%).