TotalEnergies keen to partner with UOT on Talent Development

TotalEnergies has joined the bandwagon of corporate sponsors seeking to sponsor top-performing students at the PNG University of Technology.


The energy and petroleum giant had expressed its interest to collaborate with the university for further student talent development during a visit by Total’s Community Affairs Manager, Richard Kassman to the university last week.


While addressing the Vice Chancellor and Heads of Departments at the University, Mr Kassman revealed that his company was proposing a Tertiary Scholarship Program targeting third-year students in 2024.


“We hope to introduce this scholarship program in 2024 for third-year students which will cover full tuition fees, board and lodging fees, return airfares, book allowances, and stipends,” he explained.


Mr. Kassman said from the scholarship program, the top-performing students will be considered for the company’s graduate development program.


The scholarship program will target students studying in engineering programs, applied physics, communication and development studies, geographic information science, agriculture and rural development, and applied chemistry.


The project operator of the Papua LNG hopes that through this program, it can:

  • facilitate the development of competitive skills for PNG nationals to enhance their employability on major resource projects and contribute towards the PNG talent pool;
  • develop ‘job ready’ graduates prepared for future roles related to the Papua LNG Project and other sectors within PNG;
  • provide support to students and ensure a continued education at the tertiary level, providing a pathway to potential upcoming Total Energies Graduate Program, and
  • contribute to Total’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program and National Content.

Other workforce development projects this partnership with the University will benefit from include events like career fair participation, employment registration (WanPNG), graduate program, guest lectures and capacity building support and donations.


During the visit, TotalEnergies also made a donation of six laptops, Cisco wireless controllers, routers, firewalls, and two VoIP phones

Caption: Pictured from left to right is Richard Kassman (TotalEnergies Manager Public Affairs), Dr Rachel Aisoli-Orake (CDS Head of Dept), Emmanuel Hyest – Project Director, Papua LNG Project, Vice Chancellor Professor Renagi and Lyle Zozingau (Hydrocarbons Sales Engineer – TotalEnergies)