New Horizons

One of the key objectives of the Home Towns programme is to provide equal opportunities for quality education. Gazprom Neft's activities are aimed at supporting education in the regions, addressing the problem of the lack of capacity in nursery facilities, improving the quality of equipment available at educational institutions, and developing institutions of higher education.

Larisa Krasilova
Larisa Krasilova Director of Secondary School No. 31, Tyumen

Living in a region where there is much development of natural resources, we obviously steer children towards training in the oil sector. Gazprom Neft's initiative to hold an academic competition in the natural and exact sciences provides valuable career guidance for secondary school students by encouraging their interest in the exact sciences.

During the reporting year, Gazprom Neft implemented a number of projects to renovate regional educational institutions: the Children's Creativity Centre in Tara, Omsk Region, was renovated; support was provided to two nursery schools in Omsk, and five educational institutions in the villages of Berdyanka, Chkalov, and Kuvay in Orenburg Region received assistance.

Gazprom Neft is a partner to the country's leading universities, where future oil and gas industry specialists are educated. In particular, the Company provides assistance to the National Mineral Resources University (St. Petersburg). Gazprom Neft supports educational programmes, facilitates scientific research and production experience, and equips university classrooms with modern instruments and computers.

In 2014, Gazprom Neft and the Omsk Regional Government signed a higher education partnership agreement. The goal of this partnership is to train young professionals. Under the agreement, an affiliated Gazprom Neft faculty has been established at Omsk State Technical University, where students can pursue training in one of two petrochemical disciplines: Machines and Equipment for Chemical Production and Chemical Technology of Natural Energy Sources and Carboniferous Materials. The learning process will focus on practical sessions, which will take place at one of the most cutting-edge oil refineries in Russia: Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Refinery. After completing their higher education, graduates of the affiliated faculty will be given the opportunity to work for Gazprom Neft at its oil refining facilities in Omsk, Moscow, Yaroslavl, or Serbia.

The Company supports programmes and initiatives that contribute to the creation of 'educational elevators' for talented secondary school and college students with the potential to become young professionals. Gazprom Neft programmes such as these include initiatives that encompass all levels of education. In 2014, Gazpromneft Research Centre organized its first academic competition in the exact and natural sciences. The event is designed to develop students' interest in the oil and gas field. There were two stages to the competition. During the first stage, participants solved theoretical and practical problems, and during the second, the winners of the regional rounds presented their research projects in St. Petersburg. More than 150 Year 8 and Year 10 students from St. Petersburg and Tyumen participated in the competition. The Company plans to further develop this initiative to increase the number of participating cities and to strengthen the educational role of the competition.

Stanislav Smirnov
Stanislav Smirnov Head of St. Petersburg State University’s Chebyshev Laboratory, winner of the Fields Medal

Gazprom Neft has been providing non-budgetary funding to the Chebyshev Laboratory since 2013. Our work is focused on supporting young scientists and engaging undergraduate and graduate students in applied scientific work, organizing modern courses for them, working with young scientists and recruiting them to participate in internships and conferences, and inviting a large number of scientists from other cities in Russia and abroad in order to support a fully-fledged scientific environment that is conducive to the exchange of ideas. Of course, state funding is key, but it is just as important to have flexible tools that can be used today to accomplish what is necessary. The support we receive from Gazprom Neft allows us to accomplish a great deal and support a large number of young scientists. This is very important, as young people are our future. It is good to know that Russia’s leading company is concerned about the future of our country.

To this end, Gazpromneft Research Centre is implementing the Successful Graduate project, aimed at helping young people leaving Children’s Home No. 67 to adapt successfully to society.

The Company provides support for Russian scientific programmes and initiatives. In collaboration with St. Petersburg State University’s Chebyshev Laboratory, mathematics students and young scientists were awarded Gazprom Neft scholarships and prizes. The Company also supports the laboratory's research and educational projects. With the financial support of Gazprom Neft, the university held a Gabriel Lamé competition for guest mathematics professors. The event, hosted by St. Petersburg State University, featured lectures by prominent scientists from around the world.

The Company is implementing a project to improve the education of students and industry experts. In 2014, the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping received support from Gazprom Neft to acquire simulators for graduate training and the professional development of oil tanker crew members. The Company also provided assistance to the Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University (Novorossiysk), equipping it with new computer classrooms and language laboratories for studying English.

Since 2011, Gazprom Neft has both independently and in cooperation with the Maritime Council of the Government of St. Petersburg implemented projects aimed at inspiring young people to take up maritime careers. Every year, the Company helps educational institutions to create specialized marine and shipbuilding classes. It also runs marine and shipbuilding associations for children and young people. In 2014, with the Company's support, the Baltic Sea School was able to obtain specialized equipment, the St. Petersburg Sailing School acquired new vessels, and the Marinesko Museum of Russian Submarine Forces installed a new multimedia display system to help expand its tour programme. In 2015, four maritime career preparatory courses are planned for schools in Rostov-on-Don, supported by the Company. The aim of these courses is to provide military and patriotic education for young people and specialized training to prepare students to serve in the Russian Navy.

World of Science children's research and educational centre

Gazprom Neft has funded the construction of buildings to house the World of Science, a research and educational centre in St. Petersburg which will be part of the Lakhta Centre. The purpose of the research centre is to provide vocational guidance for children and young people and to encourage an interest in science, engineering, and technical disciplines. The World of Science is being created in collaboration with St. Petersburg’s universities, the board of rectors, and the city administration. The centre, covering an area of 14,000 m2, will house lecture halls, classrooms for science shows, an interactive exhibition, a planetarium, play areas, and specialized laboratories. The centre’s concept integrates the most successful Russian and international project, design, and methodological solutions, and takes into account international best practice. The interactive exhibition will showcase the rich experience of science and higher education in St. Petersburg. The World of Science at the Lakhta Centre will be unique in engaging students in the fully-fledged professional education system through entertaining exhibits.