BOARD MEETING MINUTES
7 FEBRUARY 2008
a) Forum des Métiers – Clichy sous Bois
Only two TPA lecturers (Jean-Marie Botte and Jean-Pierre Delage) will take part in this
b) ENSI - Caen
Robert Pelletier agreed to provide an overview of job opportunities in the petroleum-
chemistry field for 3 -year students (finishing convalescing).
Gilles Magnien should deliver the two requested presentations (Carbon and
d) University Geosciences MSc course – Poitiers
Daniel Dessort will be discussing Mother Rocks to Reservoirs: Fossil Hydrocarbon
Genesis, Migration, Entrapment and Alteration.
e) EIGSI (Industrial System Engineering School ) – La Rochelle
Thierry Hannecart spent five half-days discussing fossil energies and Jean-Marie Botte
spent one half-day discussing biofuels.
f) Ecole Centrale – Marseille
Auguste Bossert spoke to 3 -year Industrial Vibration and Acoustics, and Marine
a – Indonesia
A TPA – and MLS – presentation caught the ITB Chief Education Officer’s eye. He will be
requesting five “integrated weeks” to ensure three.
Details on TPA courses in Indonesia follow.
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Institut Teknologi Bandung (I.T.B.) :
2007/2008 15 ½ days Pejhan/Madaoui (Reservoir)
2006/2007 20 ½ days Béra/Grynko/Placines/Fernet/Bouchery
(Drilling – Projects)
2005/2006 2 ½ days Quénelle (Platforms – Pipelines)
2004/2005 3 ½ days Béra / Palacin (Drilling – Projects)
2003/2004 3 ½ days Magnien / Cote / Bouchery
(Geology, Safety, Projects)
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Other indonesian schools
Private University of Trisatki :
2005/2006 1 ½ day Quénelle
2004/2005 7 ½ days Béra / Palacin
2003/2004 2 ½ days Magnien / Bouchery
Universitas Pembangunan Nasional (U.P.N.) :
2007/2008 10 ½ days Béra / Grynko
2006/2007 1 ½ day Botte
2003/2004 1½ day Magnien
University Gadjah Mada (U.G.M.) :
2003/2004 1 ½ day Cote
Surabaya Institute of Technology (I.T.S.) :
2007/2008 10 ½ days Bouchery/Fernet
2006/2007 8 ½ days Bauquis / Botte / Lepage / Mille
2003/2004 1 ½ day Bouchery
2002/2003 1 ½ day Gunaltun
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During the discussion, we found out that:
. TI had updated the MOU signed in 2003. The version signed on 8 November 2007 is not very
different. Paragraph 1.2.c reads:
“creating with the support of Total a privileged relationship between the teaching association
TPA (Total Professeurs Associés) and ITB…”, mentioning TPA’s action.
b – Libya
We met Mr Elkelami and Jean-Pierre Villeléger in TPA offices on 25 January. (Thierry
Debertrand has put Mr Elkelami in charge of liaising with TPA). The meeting agenda
encompassed the following.
“Indonesian” takes a capital I.
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. A TPA and MLS presentation.
. Al-Fateh University students were very pleased with Florentin de Loppinot’s and Alain
Lepage’s recent courses. Mr Elkelami listened to parts of their presentations.
. Students are looking forward to Khaled Madaoui’s course. It has been put off twice but should
take place before the end of this academic year (24 to 28 March).
. They will be asking for three integrated weeks for the coming academic year (October,
December and February-March).
c – UAE – Bahrain – Qatar
René Palacin will be delivering his usual presentation about the Taweelah project for HCT and
PI students, and should be able to take advantage for a presentation on one of the topics
chosen by Mr Mouillot, and possibly give a talk in Qatar if Denis Gueudet confirms.
The subsidiary has also forwarded requests for courses for MSc-level Al Ain University
students. The 10 selected subjects follow.
1. Advances in petroleum exploration
2. Advances in reservoir characterization
3. Exploration for unconventional hydrocarbons
4. Modelling of petroleum basins
5. Petroleum Exploration, a challenge for professionals and academics
6. Geochemistry, a new approach for petroleum exploration and production
7. Evaluation of petroleum systems in the Middle East
8. Advances in development geology
9. Updates in geological and geophysical exploration
10. Unconventional resources of hydrocarbons
René Palacin is organising these courses.
Lastly, we are still waiting for the Sorbonne programme for Christine Gastinel’s talk on
d – Thailand
Roland Metz is working on his course for AIT. It should deal with platform and pipe materials
and welding (MLS-type, 24 hours, in late April).
e – Venezuela
Max Mille ran three courses:
- USB (17 students, 6 half-days)
“Very good impression overall. Much better than last year. Student levels very high (see exam
results). They asked interesting questions. Most of them are hoping to work in the oil industry. I
can only suggest pushing ahead. They are keen. The University has a very good reputation for
its technical expertise. It is running (or has run) research projects with former Sincor.”
- UCV (34 students, 4 half-days)
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“Very good impression overall. Much better than last year. Maybe at least in part because
Miguel Castillejo replaced M. Vives. Student levels high (see exam results). They were
interested and asked questions. With an audience like that, I can only suggest pushing ahead.”
- IESA, at last (a general conference for 30 participants)
“Very good impression overall. Participant backgrounds varied considerably (school students,
TOGV staff, Statoil staff, etc.) They asked interesting questions and enjoyed the presentation.
They want TPA to run more of these courses. Excellent simultaneous interpreting (legally
mandatory). I can only suggest pushing ahead. They are keen. But I can’t really give an opinion
on a Business School I only spent a morning at.”
f – China
The two schedules that Michèle Terminet-Schuppon sent for this “super-top-priority” country
- 12 integrated weeks in 7 handpicked universities,
- 15-odd short lectures for a regional tour.
The Tsinghua-Mines de Paris MSc we have been chasing for some time has at last asked for
- We will be running four “heavy-duty” courses. Frédérique Michaud and François Teillard are
unavailable but Florentin de Loppinot (World Energy Prospects) and Michel Conturie (Coal and
Petroleum Residues: Key Resources of Sustainable Development) could take over.
g – Yemen
A new country for TPA.
The subsidiary asked us to tour the top three universities to:
- run a two-hour course on Pipe Production to assess the system and students (English
proficiency, attendance, response and academic level),
- meet university executives to present TPA, and schedule integrated week courses based on
We spent three days visiting (in chronological order):
- Hadramout University, Mukalla – 10,000 students, incl. 1,500 in the Engineering School,
which runs six courses incl. one on Petroleum Engineering.
The only one delivering a Petroleum Engineering course. Me met the President and Dean, who
will be sending the subsidiary their choice of three MLSs from the catalogue within a month.
They want to sign an MOU soon. The buildings are new and the amphitheatre equipment is
state-of-the-art. About 100 students attended the conference. Their English was good. The
overall impression was very positive.
- Aden University – 26,000 students incl. 4,000 in the Engineering School, which runs 7
courses (3 classic, 3 modern, 1 linking Architecture and Engineering). This broad-based
university will probably only be interested in courses on Corrosion, Project Management,
Intercultural Management and the like. Our flight was four hours late so we couldn’t run the
course, but the executives we met were interested in TPA and should be sending us their
requests within a fortnight.
- Sana’a University – 130,000 students (and bustling) incl. 7,000 students in the Engineering
School, which runs courses in four main areas (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical
Engineering and Electrical Engineering). The Mechanical Engineering curricula will probably
include a Surface/Oil major. The meetings were staggered: we provided a general presentation
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for the Chief Education Officer, who told us that he was keen on the French education system
(and a Francophone University Association member), met the Engineering School Dean (who
understood how our catalogue worked), and met an executive from the Business School (MBAs
for fee-paying professionals) who will send us requests we are not planning to pursue.
We should have a clearer picture in a about six weeks’ time, once we get the requests. It makes
sense to limit the number of integrated weeks over the coming academic year there to four. We
will decide that with the subsidiary, but probably end up with:
- 2 or 3 integrated weeks in Mukalla,
- 1 integrated week at Aden,
- 1 integrated week at Sana’a (if any).
Mukalla might be interested in the two-week Geology, Reservoir and Drilling course, which
tallies with a course credit in their syllabus.
On the sidelines:
. we had a productive meeting with the Petroleum Ministry’s Yemenisation Director, who knows
Total’s former LNG team well;
. we had an interesting meeting with Mr Sarkis, the French Embassy’s very proactive Cultural
Attaché, who would like us to add Taiz University to our list;
. René Palacin could hop over to Aden to present Taweelah during his UAE-Bahrain-Qatar tour
(at the CEO’s explicit request);
. travel-safety measures are pretty much the same as TPA saw in Algeria (the military
supervised travel in Mukalla, and we weren’t allowed to leave the cities but were free to move
around within the city borders);
. Flavio Falconi’s HR team at the subsidiary did a fantastic job organising the complex logistics,
and the local press should be covering the event (a cameraman/photographer followed us all
. weekends in Yemen are on Thursday and Friday (as in Saudi Arabia).
h – Saudi Arabia
We received a request for a presentation on TPA (the statutes, mainly (?)) and a short course at
KFUPM (King Fahd University of Petroleum) from Abdulaziz O. Al-Kaabi from Saudi Aramco
EXPEC Advanced Research Centre via Lionel Marais.
To be scheduled during the third week in April.
About 20 half-days in sometimes difficult conditions. A few of the sites follow:
- Neuilly sur Marne (Seine Saint Denis),
- Charenton (Val de Marne),
- Le Perray en Yvelines (Yvelines),
- Sartrouville (Yvelines),
- Nice (Alpes-Maritimes),
- Toulon (Var),
- Caen (Calvados), for about 150 first-year (11-12-year-old) students in seven classes,
- Plomelin (Finistère), two talks for 54 first-year students in two classes in a private horticulture
- Bishheim (outside Strasbourg), three talks for 70 first-year students in three classes in the
morning, and two talks for 54 primary-school pupils in two classes in the afternoon.
… and the choice excerpts from Jean-Marie Botte’s report on his talks at Aristide Briand school
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“The students were very keen and got involved. They were totally concentrated for 1 hr 20 min,
much to their teacher’s surprise! They enjoyed the timeline and the Pilou et Léa cartoon. Mr
Wagret was very pleased with the way the video and the interactive presentation intertwined.
The timing was right to keep them hooked. The presentation blended into classwork on
energies. Mr. Wagret would have liked more details on the risks (nuclear energy in particular).
Mr Wagret would like a repeat course (same content). From a practical standpoint, however, it
would make sense to take a break between the videos and the Pilou et Léa CD. It would also
make sense to copy the cartoon onto the presentation CD to avoid screen-resolution problems.”
Integrated Week statistics
IWs (Integrated Weeks, ex. MLS) grew a staggering 60% between 2007 and 2008.
Number of Integrated Weeks per country
5 8 7
5 5 3 1 1 1 1 1
The super-top-priority countries are clearly in the lead.
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