Engineering course and community support
Academic training for young people
Around half of young Mexicans aged between 15 and 19 do not go to school. In the Mexican state of Campeche, where Linde operates nitrogen generation plants at the Cantarell oil field, there is a secondary school drop-out rate of over 16 percent. The main reasons for leaving education are lack of money, an unplanned pregnancy and getting married at a young age.
In order to support the Campeche region, Linde has teamed up with the University of Monterrey (UDEM) to introduce the “Linde Scholars” scholarship programme supported by the Mexican Secretary of Education. We sponsor a total of 40 young people between the ages of 17 and 20 who come from low-income families and who could not otherwise afford to go to university.
The scholarship has a duration of five years. It covers not only the costs of tuition but also accommodation and upkeep, insurance, and tickets for two flights home per year. German and English courses, internships at Linde and the opportunity to study at a German university for a few months are also included in the programme. Linde employees from the USA additionally provide a mentoring role for the students.
In return, the scholarship recipients participate in selected community projects in their locality for one month every year. Various internships at our plants will have given the young engineers valuable work experience in the development of products, processes and machines by the end of their studies. This educational support will ultimately benefit not just the young people and their families, but also the local economy and population of Campeche.
- Combining study with social engagement
- Strengthening the local economy and community