A third year student from University of Nairobi’s School of Business has been selected to attend this year’s Total Summer School, an event to discuss global energy issues, in Paris.
Christine Njiru was chosen from among University of Nairobi student applicants about to start their final year of study in a competitive process. More than 120 students from all over the world are expected in Paris for the 2014 Total Summer School this week.
The Total Summer School brings together high potential students to take part in a week-long event to discuss major energy issues and challenges alongside key managers and experts from business, science and research sectors.
Ms Njiru received her scholarship from Total Kenya managing director Ada Eze and the University of Nairobi deputy vice chancellor, academic affairs, Prof Henry Mutoro, during a ceremony at the university.
Ms Eze said: “This is part of an on-going partnership between Total Kenya Limited and University of Nairobi resulting from a memorandum of understanding signed between our organisations in 2012 to create positive outcomes in the educational opportunities for young people.”
An elated Ms Njiru said: “I am very excited and feel humbled by this rare opportunity. It is my first time out of the country and I have heard so much about Paris. I am looking forward to learning as much as I can about energy and sharing information with young people from other parts of the world. I am very grateful to Total Kenya and the University of Nairobi for offering me this chance.”
Ms Eze added that the forum also provides participants an opportunity to interact with top energy experts.
“The Summer School programme will focus on key energy issues and challenges including trends in world energy supply and demand, the future of energy (oil, gas, renewable energy and other options), the fight against climate change and corporate social responsibility.”
“The aim is to have an overview of the strategic and management challenges facing leading international companies and for the participants to contribute actively on the key challenges of the energy world.”
“This forum also provides an opportunity for the working world to interact with energy experts and for students to learn about Total’s professions and career paths and possibly get internships at Total.”