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Dedicated Audience

Date of publication: 16 December 2021

Rustem Islamov (on the right) believes that named scholarships will help lure promising students, such as Sergey Kuznetsov, to the Company in the future

A company heavily investing in student and teacher communities at least provides itself with employees for the foreseeable future, but also shapes its stable development programme for many decades ahead to its maximum. Transneft Siberia has been collaborating with the Tyumen Industrial University (TIU) for more than 30 years already. The latest agreement which is valid till 2026 includes a variety of areas: the students’ target training at the company's expense (currently 69 people are participating), on-the-job training at oil transportation facilities (2,700 places over 10 years), university re-equipment and retraining of experienced specialists there (over 2,000 employees have improved their qualifications over the 15 years).

“We are clearly strategic partners for a very long term,” underlines Rustem Islamov, Director General of Transneft Siberia. “Now there are more than 12,500 specialists working in our team, including 6,000 highly professional engineers, almost half of them being TIU graduates. This educational institution is a true forge of human resources for our Company.”

TIU Rector Veronika Yefremova confirms that many of the 30,000 students from the backbone university have come into contact with Transneft in one way or another during their studies and, as a result, have shown their readiness to make qualitative changes in their education with an eye on meeting the requirements of their future employer.

The company’s representatives often visit TIU’s business units and schools for various purposes. Thus, during their recent visit, the partners were shown the classrooms in the Institute of Transport, which have undergone a thorough renovation, as well as the classrooms, for which the company has provided all the essential “fillings”: furniture, interactive whiteboards and simulators. The company's management believes that investing in the material and technical base of the alma mater is absolutely necessary: young people need to study in a comfortable environment so that they can join the ranks of qualified employees. They don't have to seek employment specifically in Transneft Siberia, but can have a go at other business units of Transneft, given that the trunk pipeline stretches across the entire country; so, graduates can find a working place anywhere in Russia.

Neither furniture nor equipment have been so far delivered to the oil facilities technology lab which has just undergone a renovation. And in the multimedia laboratory for the construction and operation of oil and gas transport facilities, classes are held with the help of test benches simulating the entire production process: third- and fourth-year students use computers to learn how to operate oil pumping stations. In Building 3 of the TIU students practice their skills at the oil industry process and production automation test bench using BNA equipment, also exercising at the Digital Substation and Gate Valve test ground.

Vladimir Chepursky’s multipurpose auditorium is especially popular (Mr Chepursky was in charge of Sibnefteprovod from 1993 to 1997 and he is another graduate of the Industrial Institute, TIU's predecessor). By the way, this comfortable and spacious amphitheatre was the first in Russia among Transneft's university projects. A major attraction spot for students and teachers in Building 7 is the spacious lobby which easily transforms to suit any event: an educational, academic, image-making or a creative one.

Obviously, today it is impossible to educate the best without up-to-date facilities. Financial incentives are essential as well. Named scholarship certificates for gifted students and social grants for successful young teachers have been paid out by Transneft Siberia for many years in a row: these are a traditional measure of pecuniary support. In the current academic year, the company once again highly rated 18 students studying Oil and Gas Engineering, electrical engineering and equipment, industrial process automation, and chemical technology. Five of them will be awarded the corporate scholarship for a second time.

“Life is all about learning, generally speaking, but that's what makes it exciting,” said Islamov to the scholarship holders.

Future oil pipeliner Matvey Senkov fully agrees.

“Someone may think that it’s very easy to be awarded a Transneft scholarship, but that’s far from being true. You have to be a diligent student with a decent average score, and prove your worth in extracurricular activities as well,” explains this fourth-year student. “I passed the international exam, took part in the Transneft Youth Science and Technology Conference, and passed many intramural trials.”

Adelina Koloitanova, also a future bachelor's degree graduate, is studying process and production automation. This is not the first time the girl competes with other scholarship applicants and this is the second year she receives financial aid.

“It’s not difficult to repeat success if you so desire. Right now I am seeking the Master's degree, and afterwards, of course, I want to work as an instrumentation and automation engineer. In summer I had internship at Demyanskoye LODS of the Tobolsk Oil Trunk Pipeline Directorate. I realised that internship is useful, but a real job, where you are a full-time employee assuming full responsibility, is much cooler,” the student knows.

Alexander Mitenkov, a student majoring in the construction and maintenance of hydrocarbon transport, storage and distribution systems, will also receive a scholarship for the second year.

“Money is not the only thing for me, although financial support would come in handy. It's a chance to become conspicuous to a giant like Transneft,” he reasons.

Incidentally, he studies engineering, but is ready to start from the very bottom up to familiarise himself with the entire production process.

The Company has been awarding young instructors of the Tyumen Industrial University since 2014. Every year, seven promising university staff are given this honour. For the second time, Anton Zakirzakov, Deputy Chair of TIU's Hydrocarbon Transportation Department in charge of science, was among those honoured. His activities are complex: organising scientific and technical conferences for Transneft at the university campus, participating in the development of a laboratory test bench for electrochemical protection, funded by the Company, and teaching core disciplines related to crude oil storage and transportation.

“The grant will help me complete my thesis,” says Zakirzakov.

His colleague Anton Shtin, Head of the Educational Environment Section at the Individual Educational Pathways Directorate at TIU’s Training Activities Department and senior lecturer on Machines and Tools, will also spend his scholarship on science. The young scientist's research has already been implemented at enterprises in the Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, doing overhaul and emergency repairs of gas turbine engines. This work enhances repair efficiency by 15-20 per cent as compared to previous methodologies. The teacher has patents for his invention and utility model but is not going to stop there.

Collaboration between the university and the company will continue. The partners have long appreciated the mutual gains and are positive that their joint effort benefits both the national and regional economies.

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