The “League of Universities” project
2020 saw Gazprom Neft launch a major new project — the “League of Universities” — directed at developing partnerships with Russian universities and higher education institutions. Partnering universities, all chosen through competitive selection, will be involved in joint research activities and in developing educational programmes in line with demand from the oil and gas industry.
Members of the League of Universities will have access to detailed information on key areas of activity — and specific ongoing R&D — on Gazprom Neft’s key projects, as well as the company’s immediate requirements in terms of trainees, interns and qualified specialists. Gazprom Neft will be engaging with partnering universities in discussing strategic projects, which will be put forward through an integrated digital platform — this format making it possible to put together cross-functional teams involving both internal and external specialists.
Twenty-four universities and higher education institutions, selected by an expert committee and covering 13 different regions of Russia, have already joined the League of Universities — selection criteria having included Russian and international university rankings; a multilevel specialist training system, and the quality of this; and education and training in both traditional and new specialisms relevant to implementing strategic and industry projects important to the company’s business.
Business–university collaboration tools
A digital platform — providing an integrated “one-stop shop” communications window with partnering universities — has been put in place. This platform helps find organisations to implement innovative and educational projects, disseminate information on these to all universities, get feedback from specialists, and find the best students to invite to take up internships and traineeships. A single and cohesive information space contains information on key contacts, partnering universities, and statistics on the company’s engagement with these.
A methodology for developing “heatmaps” on universities’ education programmes has proved another unique tool for promoting the company’s engagement with continued professional development (CPD). This tool has helped evaluate how far graduates match the profiles, competencies and skill levels the company needs. We analysed 80 universities’ education programmes in 2020 — the aim of this research being to assess their relevance to skills in artificial intelligence (AI).
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