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First “Gazprom Neft class” opens in St Petersburg

The first “Gazprom Neft class” for senior high school students has opened today at Lycee No 82 — a state-funded educational institution in St Petersburg’s Petrogradskiy district. In addition to a core curriculum involving the in-depth study of scientific disciplines, specialist subjects will be taught by the Gazprom Neft Scientific Research Centre staff, as well as lecturers from St Petersburg Polytechnic University.

Over the final two years of their school careers 26 students — selected, on the basis of test results, by a committee comprising representatives of both the school and the company — will follow a prospectus allowing them to enrol at specialist higher educational institutions to follow those degrees most in demand at Gazprom Neft, as well as gaining an understanding of the basics of the oil and gas business. Students will also study the principles of geology and materials science, mathematical modelling in the oil business, and applied physics. In addition to subjects pertaining to oil and gas, the programme also envisages courses in imageology, time management and the theory of inventive problem solving (TIPS). Extra-curricular activities will include field trips, practical laboratory work within specialist higher educational establishments, and visits to the company’s offices and operational facilities.

Gazprom Neft is committed to developing a system of seamless educational progression — from school, to university, to the company — to train and support talented young people. Similar “Gazprom Neft classes” have been opened in two other cities in which the company operates, Omsk and Noyabrsk. The company works closely with major higher educational establishments in St Petersburg (the Natural Mineral Resources University, the Polytechnic University, and St Petersburg State University) and Moscow (the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) on an ongoing basis, as well as accepting students for practical assignments and training graduate students within its own specialist facilities.

Gazprom Neft Deputy CEO for Administration, Vitaly Baranov, commented: “The implementation of educational initiatives is a key priority in HR policy at Gazprom Neft, directed at ensuring a constant stream of talented young professionals into the company. But we are not limited to just working with higher educational establishments. We are trying to encourage students to gain higher education in those subjects most necessary to us, and support school leavers in finding the right professional focus for them. To that end, we have, already for several years, been systematically implementing educational programmes in schools throughout those regions in which Gazprom Neft operates.”