Winter 2003 (11.4)
Scholarship at Azerbaijan State Oil Academy
2003: On the occasion of signing an educational agreement between
LUKoil and Azerbaijan State Oil Academy (ASOA). Left to right:
Misir Mardanov (Education Minister of Azerbaijan), Siyavush Garayev
(Rector of ASOA), Vagit Alekperov (President of Lukoil) and Fikrat
Aliyev (General Director of Lukoil-Azerbaijan, representative
of Lukoil in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey).
2003, LUKoil signed an agreement with the Azerbaijan State Oil
Academy (ASOA) to provide financial and technical assistance
to strengthen the quality of education. In return, the Academy
will provide specialists for LUKoil as company. The document
was signed between LUKoil President Vagit Alekperov and ASOA
Rector Siyavush Garayev.
Azerbaijan's prestigious Oil Academy was established more than
80 years old and boast s of such distinguished graduates as Alekperov,
as well as the former National Commissar of the USSR's oil industry,
the former Chairman of the State Plan of the USSR and Russian
Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR), Academician Nikolai
Baibakov, President of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic
(SOCAR) Natig Aliyev, SOCAR's Vice President Khoshbakht Yusifzade
and many others specialists - oil workers known throughout the
CIS states and other oil - producing countries.
Currently, 6,000 students study in seven faculties at ASOA. There
are 120 Professor Doctors and 650 docents with degrees as Candidates
of Technical Sciences. The Academy has 59 chairs (departments)
and 29 scientific research labs.
Above: LUKoil President Vagif
Alekperov (center) honoring outstanding students from the State
Oil Academy. With him are top officials from SOCAR (State Oil
Company of Azerbaijan) President Natig Aliyev, (center, dark
suit), ASOA Rector Siyavush Garayev (white suit), and Fikrat
Aliyev (tall) on the occasion of LUKoil committing to strengthen
and carry out scientific investigation and training there.
With LUKoil's assistance, a modern educational center will be
equipped with computer and multimedia technology. Already 300
books have been donated to the library. LUKoil also plans to
help organize specific scientific research projects. In total,
LUKoil has invested $200,000 in these projects.
In appreciation for the development of oil science, business,
political and economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia,
ASOA's Rector presented Alekperov with an Honorary Doctorate.
LUKoil is currently involved in several major oil and gas projects
located in Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. It is only natural
that they would be looking for the most highly qualified specialists
to work with them - oil workers who understand the specific conditions
of the Caspian region. According to some experts, an estimated
20 billion tons of hydrocarbon reserves exist in the Caspian.
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